Our June meeting features Dr. Dewey M. Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept. Horticulture Oregon State University. Dr. Caron will be giving a talk entitled Communicating with Bees - Reading the Brood Frame.
When we enter a bee colony we wish to learn what the bees want to determine what is going on and we are seeking to communicate our desires and wishes for our bee colony. What can we learn by entering the apiary and with minimal intervention open our hive to learn the status of our bee colony? We should, by looking at 2-3 frames of the brood area, READ THE COLONY, determine what the bees are saying and what we, as colony stewards, might do for management before we close the colony 'till the next time?
Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture Oregon state University. He has spent 45+ years teaching, doing bee extension and bee research at Cornell (1967-70), University of MD (1970-1981) and University of DE (1981-2009). He moved to OR in 2009 to be closer to grandchildren and continues bee extension activities with Oregon State Extension and bee associations. He serves as Master Beekeeper advisor to EAS and does the same for Oregon. He will be program chair for 2016 EAS (NJ) and 2017 (DE). He spends 4-6 months each year in Bolivia where he keeps Africanized bees. He also has a bee project among coffee cooperative members in Southern Mexico and Central America. He keeps 5 backyard colonies in Tigard OR.