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Cornell University -- August 5-9, 2002

Short Course

The EAS Short Course traditionally has a "Level I" course for novice beekeepers with minimal experience or little training in bee management. It covers all aspects of the care and management of honey bees as taught by some of the finest beekeeping instructors in the country as well as Master Beekeepers from throughout the East. At the same time a "Level ll" course will target improving the skills of more experienced beekeepers.

Organized by Aaron Morris, this years program will provide the standard EAS program with a unique twist! Here is a quick overview of sessions offered and a brief description of each course for this years program. To print these short course pages download the 4 page .pdf of the Sc directions file on the registration page

The Short Course will offer hands on sessions for a wide range of beekeeping abilities. For less experienced beekeepers, “Right Sizing Your Operation” will offer lessons in building equipment properly, hints about what combinations of equipment work well together and why. Ever wonder why there are so many choices in frames? Wooden, plastic, grooved vs. wedged top bars, grooved/solid/slotted bottom bars? And what’s with foundation? Waxed, wired, crimped wire, plastic, Permadent, Pierco! It boggles the mind! It won’t after you attend the short course.

For the more experienced beekeepers, “Upsizing Your Operation” will provide tips and lessons to help beekeepers, as their operations grow larger. Tips on raising queens, how to increase hive numbers by making splits, assessing hive strength and queen viability, concerns for buying used equipment, beekeeping and the tax man! And much more!

Two highlights of the conference will be an opportunity to view items from the E. F. Phillips Rare Beekeeping Book Collection. Imagine viewing the original copy of The Hive and the Honeybee with L.L. Langstroth’s own hand-written comments in the margins! (Note: the rare books will be on display for people to view but not touch) If this doesn’t entice you, then how about an opportunity to work with Dr. Tom Seeley analyzing bee dances on combs in an observation hive to determine and find the locations where bees are foraging!

Both short course tracks will offer lab sessions featuring honeybee anatomy, the goal of which is to teach students to competently diagnose diseases such as nosema and pests such as tracheal mites. Both sessions will also offer hands on opportunities to work in honeybee colonies with certified EAS Master Beekeepers. Advanced sessions will offer opportunities to work hives with top apicultural researchers. All colonies will be located at the world famous Dyce Lab. A chance to see Dyce is an opportunity in and of itself!

There is something for everyone at EAS Short Course 2002. Whether you are a new beekeeper or one who wants to polish your beekeeping skills, this year's EAS Short Course preceeding the main EAS conference is the place to "bee".

Don't forget the Short Course social, an evening set asside to make freinds and chat about everything and anything beekeeping with others attending the SC.

This is one Short Course you won't want to miss! Space is limited so sign up early. The EAS 2002 Registration form will be provided with the Spring and Summer mailings of the EAS Journal, or register by downloading a PDF of the registration form w/directions on line or go online to use the new form that can be filled out and submitted automagically w/ your Credit card information. This latter option is fully encrypted and secure!


Aaron Morris
EAS 2002 Short Course Coordinator

PO Box 246
Round Lake, NY 12151

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