Virginia State Beekeepers Meeting Sat. Nov. 5th

Join us at the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA) Fall Meeting.  Saturday November 5th in Weyer’s Cave, VA at Blue Ridge Community College an easy drive down 81 near Harrisonburg.   Featuring talks by Dr. Kirsten and Michael Traynor, Dr. Wyatt Mangum, and DC’s own Toni Burnham.  Vendors include Dadant, Geezer Ridge, and more.  Early registration is until October 10, 2016. For more information see:  http://www.virginiabeekeepers.org/

Consider taking the Apprentice Level Virginia Master Beekeeper certification test.  See here for more info:  http://www.virginiabeekeepers.org/master-beekeeper

VSBA Speakers include:

Dr. Kirsten Traynor, researcher and author, along with her husband Michael Traynor, a fine arts photographer, will present Over the Atlantic: Intensive Hive Management detailing European sideliner beekeeping operations that are not only profitable but experience only a 4% loss annually. Their second presentation, Pesticides and Pollinators will cover the effects of pesticides beyond neonics and explain how the Zika scare may impact our colonies’ health.

Toni Burnham, urban beekeeper in Washington, DC, will present Urban/Suburban Beekeeping – the Human Side providing tips for keeping bees and deveolping a responsible beekeeping ordinance in an urban/suburban environment.

Dr. Wyatt Mangum, researcher and author will present Hot Bees! Thermal Cameras in the Apiary with information on the behavior of winter honey bee clusters as revealed by thermal imaging.

Richmond beekeeper, Theo Hartmann, will introduce the BroodMinder system which wirelessly records hive weight, humidity and temperature (both inside and outside) for remote hive monitoring.

An optional lunch consisting of a hot pork barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, macaroni salad, baked beans, potato chips & a drink is offered by the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association for a nominal fee.

On-line registration is available HERE to current VSBA members and expired/non-members via credit card. Mail-in registrations are available HERE. Early registration is until October 10, 2016. Late registration is October 11 through October 24, 2016.

On Saturday, November 5th, Walk-in registration (cash or check only) will open at 8 AM with the meeting beginning at 9 AM. Presentations and vendors go until 5:00 PM.

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