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Cornell University -- August 5-9, 2002

More About 2002 Short Course!
The Short Course is a little different this year. There are not defined Levels! I & II as we have had in the past. This time you have lots of choices and we've tried below to offer a short description of those choices. You will see the words "Upsizing" "Rightsizing" and "Hybrid". Upsizing is for those beekeepers with experience who are ready to increase. Rightsizing is for those who are not as experienced. Hybrid is appropriate for any beekeeper no matter what level.


Monday - AUDITORIUM

Honeybee Biology as it Relates to Management I

Maryann Frazier
A power point presentation that sets the pace for the week. How different aspects of honey bee biology relate to routine and seasonal hive management. (Rightsizing)

Small Scale Queen Rearing
Dewey Caron
Techniques, methods and concerns for raising queens on a small scale. Grafting, raising your queens and getting them mated are discussed. This course will be a good compliment to the non-grafting queen rearing sessions presented at Dyce. (Upsizing)

Queen Cell Biology and Queen

Wyatt Mangum
Exceptional slides accompany Wyatt's witty presentation. Learn to read queen cells, newly formed, deceptionally vacated or long abandoned! Plus tips on requeening hives. (Hybrid)

A Beekeepers' Antique Roadshow!
Wyatt Mangum
Wyatt's slides, and his collection of antique beekeeping equipment is legendary in the industry. Enjoy this wonderful combination! (Hybrid)



MONDAY - DORMITORY

Location, Location, Location
John Skinner
Southern exposure, early sun with afternoon shade, protection from prevailing winds and other concerns. Where will you put your hives? (RightSizing)

Pollination in the Willammette Valley
Mike Burgett
The Willammette Valley is one of the most productive fruit growing regions of Washington State. See how commercial beekeepers handle the job. (Upsizing)

Commercial Pollination

Tony Jadczak
And on the right coast, pollination is also a big concern. See how honey bees bring Maine's blueberries to your table. (Upsizing)

Pollination on a Smaller Scale

Bill Troup
You don't need a semi and fork lift to land pollination contracts. Hear how Bill serves his pollination customers with a pickup and hand loader. Same game, smaller scale. (Upsizing)


MONDAY - DYCE-LAB


Varroa Sugar Shake
Diana Sammataro
Go Varroa hunting, doing the "Sugar Shake". Learn to evaluate mite loads in a kinder, gentler way that sweetens your bees! (Hybrid)

Sampling for Varroa with Rolls,Pulls and Stickies
John Skinner
Varroa monitoring tutelage continues with ether rolls and sticky boards. Not as easy on your bees, but they'll start right up on those cold mornings! Good lessons for all beekeepers. (hybrid)


Making Splits
There are more reasons to make splits than increasing hive numbers. Splits can be used to: raise queens, mate virgin queens, requeen queenless colonies, sell to other beekeepers, to control swarming, to bank queens and more. These sessions will feature hands-on lessons in splitting full hives into nucleus colonies. (Upsizing)

Hive Walk Throughs
Take a guided tour through a colony of bees! When I started keeping bees with a buddy of mine, he and I fumbled around looking for what the books told us we should see, and we learned at a snail's pace. Over a decade passed before I worked hives with a seasoned beekeeper. Don't make the same mistake. These sessions will feature all the highlights of a hive, from spotting eggs, larvae and pupae to finer points I like assessing hive strength, possibly identifying signs of past swarming or supersedure, maybe spotting the queen. Sessions will he kept small and intimate in size and will offer opportunities for close, personal instruction in the art of working bees. Recommended for "Rightsizing", but an opportunity for all!


TUESDAY- AUDITORIUM


Comparative Anatomy of Queens, Drones and Workers
Medhat Nasr
The title is self-explanatory. This session will feature live dissections of queen, drone and worker honey bees projected on the big screen. Recommend for all levels, this session is also recommended as a complement to the anatomy labs offered throughout the short course. (Hybrid)

Integrated Pest Management
Dewey Caron
"IPM" employs benign controls Followed by assessment and evaluation of a problem to determine if a critical "Economic Threshold" has been reached. If so, chemical controls remain a weapon in the IPM arsenal. This session will address the fine points of IPM. (Hybrid)

Honeybee Biology as it Relates to Management-II
Maryann Frazier
The next level. A power point presentation that is the follow up of the first show. How different aspects of honey bee biology relate to routine and seasonal hive management. (Upsizing)

A Beekeepers' Antique Roadshow!
Wyatt Mangum
Wyatt's slides, and his collection of antique beekeeping equipment is legendary in the industry. Enjoy this wonderful combination! (Hybrid)

TUESDAY- DORMITORY

Winter in August!
Tony Jadczak
EAS winters don't get much worse than those in Maine. Learn how to over winter hives where winter lasts nine months! This session offers a contrast to the "Tremblay 4-Pack" that will be featured during the conference. Recommended for all beekeepers North of the Mason! Dixon line. (Hybrid)

Keeping Bees Smarter
Roberta Glatz
Roberta is not a big woman, yet she has kept upwards of 1OO hives without any assistance. She will share her experience on how to keep bees smarter! Presented two times on Tuesday. (Hybrid)

The Honey House of Your Dreams!
Ann Harman
Ann Harman allows you to imagine the honey house of your dreams, where the sky's the limit and the equipment is free! You'll be amazed at the useful ideas participants come up with. Be warned, designs are only free when they're on paper. (Upsizing)


TUESDAY - DYCE


Grafting Queens
Dennis van Engelsdorp
Learn grafting in the beeyard with an experienced teacher. [Upsizing]

CC Miller Queens
Bob Cole
Credited with the first commercial queen rearing operation, CC Miller perfected his non-grafting queen rearing methods over a century ago. Learn how to raise queens using his techniques. (Upsizing)

IMN Queens
Mel Disselkoen
Another non-grafting method of raising queens was developed by Mel Disselkoen. Mel will demonstrate his "International Mating Nuc" system of raising queens. (Upsizing)

Jenter-like Queens Rearing
Jim Tew
Finally, the plastic cup queen rearing systems will be presented. Queens are confined to plastic cages and "tricked" into laying eggs in plastic cups from which queens are raised. (Upsizing)

Concerns When Buying Used Equipment
Jim Doan
Growing an operation inevitably relies on acquiring "previously owned" equipment. Learn how to evaluate the condition of used equipment, what to look for and what to avoid. (Upsizing)

Box Management
Jim Doan
As operations grow, "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Management focus switches from "frames in a hive" to "hives in a yard". Witness "box management" beekeeping by one of New York's largest commercial beekeepers. (Upsizing)


IPM Treatment Thresholds
Dewey Caron
This is the hands-on follow up to IPM auditorium presentation. See the concepts in action. (Hybrid)

Comb Honey Production
Marion Ellis
Techniques for producing Comb Honey will be demonstrated, including shaking bees down into a single story to crown them into the comb supers. Swarm control will also be discussed. (Hybrid)


WEDNESDAY AUDITORIUM

Tracheal Mites
Diana Sammataro
The life cycle of tracheal mites and the impact on honey bee populations. This session will feature live honey bee dissections via video hookup, to expose trachea and mite infestation. A follow -up anatomy lab is strongly suggested. (Hybrid)

Breeding for Varroa Control
John Harbo, Maria Spivak, Tom Glenn, Sue Cobey With the increasing resistance to chemical treatments, hopes are turning to bee breeding as a solution. Varroa tolerance has been documented with Suppressive Mite Reproduction (SMR) and other "specialty stock", but incorporating and maintaining that stock into one's operation is critical in achieving success. (Hybrid)


WEDNESDAY - DORMITORY

Beekeeping and the Tax Man
Alan Tremblay
As you successfully grow your operation, sooner or later the tax man is going to notice. There are benefits to being well prepared. Learn what you should do to map your business plan to your best advantage. Keeping good records is essential. Better to be well prepared than surprised! (Upsizing)

Anatomy Labs
• (Offered several times in the Lab on North Campus - see schedule, I page 7) Whether you're "Right Sizing" or "Upsizing", anatomy labs will I be of value to all Short Course participants. Intended to reinforce sessions featuring honey bee dissections, anatomy labs will also teach beekeepers how to inspect their bees and diagnose Tracheal mite infestations and nosema infections. "Inspections, infestations and infections, oh my!" It is highly recommended that everyone schedule at least one Anatomy Lab. (Hybrid]

Survivor Hives!
Tom Webster
Every beekeeper has heard this story. 'There's a bee tree in the woods that has had bees in it since I was a kid!" Those bees might possibly have a genetic upper hand. This session will investigate that possibility. (Hybrid)

Build it Right to Last Your Career
"Do I have to glue my Frames? Do I have to paint between hive bodies?" Well, no. But you'll suffer the consequences. Build it right and it'll last your career. Learn tips, and see tools that will help you build solid, square equipment that will last. (Right Sizing)

Making Your Own Equipment
Jim Tew
Those inclined to make their own equipment can pick up woodworking tips from a self-proclaimed expert. [Hybrid]

Assessing Hygienic Potential in Beehives
Maria Spivak
A demonstration of the freeze-kill method of assessing the hygienic potential in honey bee colonies. (Upsizing)

Diagnosis of Disease, and Control
Medhat Nasr
Examine colonies with an eye towards spotting signs of Varroa infestation and other problems. Learn what can be done now and in the future to combat potential problems. (Upsizing)

Variety, It's the Spice of Life!
So what's with all the same equipment that's slightly different? Like frames, foundation and more. What is all this stuff? And where do they get those names? Learn what to use when and why. [Rightsizing]

"Bee Room Dancing"
(This session is offered several times at Dr. Seeley's Lab - see schedule, page 7) These sessions offer an opportunity to work with Dr. Thomas Seeley to interpret honeybee dances in observation hives and plot the location of feeding stations on topological maps. Limited to eight pupils per session (Right Sizing


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