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Workshops by Category

Day Time Description
Advanced Beekeeping
Thursday 1:00 pm A Bee's Defense: A primer on the honey bee's autoimmune system.
Compare and contrast the immune system of insects and humans. How does the exoskeleton of a bee heal when punctured by mites - or does it? Are bees hemophiliacs? Can they get AIDS? Would vaccines work for bee viruses?
Speaker(s): Diana Cox-Foster
Audience: Advanced beekeepers.
Thursday 2:00 pm Queen Rearing
Making queens for the small scale operation.
Speaker(s): Dennis Keeney
Audience: Advanced beekeepers.
Thursday 3:30 pm Chemically speaking - how do pheromones control behavior in the hive?
Bees, why do they do the things they do? Which behaviors are genetic, environmental, learned or due to pheromones? A primer for pheromones in the hive.
Speaker(s): Vince Aloyo
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Thursday 4:30 pm Stressing out our bees
Sixteen sources of stress in bees: bad things we do that may explain problems we encounter.
Speaker(s): Mike Strangellini
Audience: Advanced beekeepers.
Friday 1:00 pm A Disease Refresher Course Part 1 (In the Classroom)
Review the life cycles of pests and diseases of honey bees. Understanding the pests and diseases is necessary to apply successful IPM techniques. (Part 1)
Speaker(s): Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Audience: Intermediate-Advanced beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm A Disease Refresher Course Part 2 (In the Beeyard)
Review the diseased hives for examples of varroa mites, American foul brood, European foul brood, chalk brood, sac brood and nosema. Can you recognize what is wrong with each hive? Discuss thresholds and treatment options for each problem. (Part 2)
Speaker(s): Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Audience: Intermediate-Advanced beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm Two Queen Hives and the Demaree Plan of Swarm Control
Is it possible to double the production of your hive and still keep it from swarming?
Speaker(s): Bob Cole
Audience: Advanced beekeepers.
Friday 4:30 pm Conducting Your Own Research
Beekeepers are often required to search out answers to problems that occur with their hives. Many have assumptions or ideas about what is happening. Nancy Ostiguy will describe methods for beekeepers to conduct their own research.
Speaker(s): Nancy Ostiguy
Audience: Advanced beekeepers.
Apiary Fundamentals
Friday 1:00 pm Mite Monitoring
Review methods of testing for strength of Varroa mites in a hive. Perform a sugar roll, ether roll and examine the sticky board on a hive and compare the results. Discuss the thresholds for treatments for each of the testing methods. Is treatment necessary for that hive?
Speaker(s): Nancy Ostiguy and Maryann Frazier
Audience: Novice beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm It's Time To Requeen
Techniques to find the queen and replace her. What methods result in the greatest acceptance? What about requeening with queen cells? When is the ideal time to requeen?
Speaker(s): Bill & Nancy Troup
Audience: Intermediate-Advanced beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm Dealing with Royalty
How do you handle your queens? Learn methods to find your queen, pick her off the comb, mark her, clip her wing and put her in a queen cage with nurse bees. Assemble a queen cage and make queen candy for the cage. Everyone will take home a queen cage with their very own clipped and marked drone. Compare glue on dots, marking pens and nail polish.
Speaker(s): Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 4:30 pm When Things Go Wrong
Share solutions for some problem hive situations:
- Only drone brood in the hive: laying workers and drone laying queens.
- The hive just won't accept the new queen.
Let's fix that hive with laying workers.
Speaker(s): Mike Strangellini
Audience: Intermediate-Advanced beekeepers.
Bee & Bee Related Fun
Thursday 1:00 pm Handcreams
Hand creams, lotions and other wax related potions. (All people seated in first two rows get a free sample.)
Speaker(s): Marlene Thomas
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 1:00 pm Stings, Welts & Suffocation
Reduce misconceptions about cross reactivity with other insects.
Speaker(s): Mike Strangellini
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 1:00 pm Stings, Welts & Suffocation
Reduce misconceptions about cross reactivity with other insects.
Speaker(s): Mike Strangellini
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 2:00 pm Bee-lining - The Art of Finding Lost Colonies
Finding feral colonies, or managed colonies unknown to the beekeeper permits tracking down sources of re-infestation of varroa, robbing or robbed colonies, and even departed swarms. Techniques will be demonstrated using the EAS apiary as a "dry run target". You will also learn the tricks of the trade.
Speaker(s): TBA
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 2:00 pm Photography
Digital photography - making presentions using images
Speaker(s): John Skinner; Maryann Frazier
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 3:30 pm Cooking with Honey
Techniques and recipes for using honey in your diet. Sponsored by the National Honey Board.
Speaker(s): Julia Pirnak @ NHB
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 3:30 pm Meadmaking
Demonstration of steps to make a fine honey mead.
Speaker(s): Grace Crawford; Will Blodgett
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 4:30 pm Nectar & Pollen Floral Sources
A slide presentation of nectar & pollen floral sources for honey bees.
Speaker(s): Charlie Kinbar
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 1:00 pm Handcreams (Repeat)
Hand creams, lotions and other wax related potions. (All people seated in first two rows get a free sample.)
Speaker(s): Marlene Thomas
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 1:00 pm Africanized Bees
Why Africanized bees do not die from varroa
Speaker(s): Dewey Caron; Julio Ledo
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm Bee-lining - The Art of Finding Lost Colonies
Finding feral colonies, or managed colonies unknown to the beekeeper permits tracking down sources of re-infestation of varroa, robbing or robbed colonies, and even departed swarms. Techniques will be demonstrated using the EAS apiary as a "dry run target". You will also learn the tricks of the trade.
Speaker(s): TBA
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm Tales of Bee Removals from Some of the Nation's Most Prestigious Buildings
An entertaining slide show and narrative of bee removals from small sites to skyscrapers. If there is a cavity on the East Coast, Pennsylvania's own "Indiana Jones of Beekeeping" has been there!
Speaker(s): Tony Buzas
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm Cooking with Honey (Repeat)
Techniques and recipes for using honey in your diet. Sponsored by the National Honey Board.
Speaker(s): Julia Pirnak @ NHB
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm Alternative Pollinators
Explore the squash bee and other native and imported pollinators
Speaker(s): Roberta Glatz
Audience: All beekeepers.
Getting Started
Thursday 1:00 pm Take Off Those Gloves
Foolproof secrets on how to keep your smoker lit and techniques to inspect your hive without ever (or almost never) getting stung. Take turns working hives and handling frames. What should you look for when you open your hive? See the stages of worker development and bee castes: eggs, larvae, pupae, workers, drones and maybe the queen.
Speaker(s): Jennifer Berry; Nancy Troup
Audience: Novice beekeepers.
Thursday 2:00 pm Liquid & Comb Honey Production
Tips and experiences for hobby beekeepers in producing liquid and comb honey - all from the same hive.
Speaker(s): Greg Kovacs
Audience: Novice beekeepers.
Thursday 3:30 pm A Disease Primer Part 1 (In the Classroom)
Bee diseases, pests and treatments can be very confusing for new beekeepers. This primer will provide a basic understanding of the problems to watch for in your hives and treatment options available. (Part 1)
Speaker(s): Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Audience: Novice beekeepers.
Thursday 4:30 pm A Disease Primer Part 2 (In the Beeyard)
Go through the diseased hives to see first hand examples of varroa mites, American foul brood, European foul brood, chalk brood, sac brood and nosema. Compare a hive of drone layers with the pattern of a quality queen. Review treatment plans. (Part 2)
Speaker(s): Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Audience: Novice beekeepers.
Making Money
Thursday 1:00 pm Collecting Swarms for Profit
Technical nitty-gritty and proven techniques that have worked for over 20 years.
Speaker(s): Tony Buzas
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Thursday 2:00 pm Comb Honey Production
Learn foolproof system to produce Ross Rounds and other comb honey from someone who produces thousands/year.
Speaker(s): Herman Danenhower
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Thursday 3:30 pm Expanding Your Business
Tips, efficiencies and advice for beekeepers that want to expand from a hobby beekeeper to a sideliner or larger.
Speaker(s): Roberta Glatz
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Thursday 4:30 pm Candles and Candlemaking from A to Z
Experts will answer all of your questions about wax and paraffin candles and other creative uses of wax, as well as, labeling and marketing. Learn tried techniques for creating all types of candles. Ever experiment with scented wax products?
Speaker(s): Tim & Kelly Miller
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 1:00 pm Wax, Wax, Wax
Everything about wax:
- Demonstrations of Solar Wax Melters
- Sample Plans for Wax Melters
- Suggestions for Cleaning Wax
- Trading wax for foundation
- Selling wax products
Speaker(s): Joe Duffy
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm Comb Honey Production (Repeat)
Learn foolproof system to produce Ross Rounds and other comb honey from someone who produces thousands/year.
Speaker(s): Herman Danenhower
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm Apiary Management Techniques
Tips, tricks and time saving techniques to manage hives. A large one person beekeeping operations requires skill and knowledge. Learn what has worked and not worked. Dennis Keeney has many decades of experience under his belt as well as the knowledge passed on to him by the venerable beekeeper Paul Ziegler.
Speaker(s): Dennis Keeney
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Friday 4:30 pm Pollen Collection
Pollen collection, cleaning, storing and marketing techniques.
Speaker(s): Bob Brooks
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Honey Judging
Thursday 1:00 pm You can be a British honey judge!
Compare the equipment and rating system used by the American and British honey judges.
Speaker(s): Ann Harmon; Bob Cole
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 4:30 pm You can be a winner at the honey show!
Learn how to win a blue ribbon at a honey show. See the behind the scenes techniques used to judge honey and methods to package honey to get a perfect score.
Speaker(s): Lee Miller
Audience: All beekeepers.
Organic Certification
Thursday 2:00 pm Organic Certified Honey Step By Step
Paperwork, record keeping and the nitty gritty details to be certified organic. Attendees can take home the documents needed to get started with the process.
Speaker(s): Nancy Ostiguy
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Public Education & Building a Strong Organization
Thursday 3:30 pm Taking First-timers, Spouses and Children into Beeyards & Hives
Remember that beautiful Spring day when someone showed you a queen busily laying eggs? Remember when you held your first frame? Learn how to "share the wonder". Learn the techniques needed to create a less risky hive environment, and the communication skills to desensitize first-timers from their fear of being inside a honeybee hive. Cliff Sunflower has successfully used these techniques with summer camp groups, children, teens, families visiting the farm and even the wife of one of his best friends in Pennsylvania beekeeping. (Note: This is a double workshop session lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.)
Speaker(s): Clifford Wright-Sunflower
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Friday 1:00 pm Design your Own Educational Program
The simple tools you need to design your own educational program for schools & classrooms. Learn the tricks of the trade from Cliff Sunflower, who has been a school assembly teacher and performer for over 25 years. How to: keep the kids excited about learning about bees; practice theater skills; pick the age of the audience; control the group; make yourself heard; use audio-visual aids and create a program that is comfortable for you and successful, educational and fun. Also learn the importance of knowing how to communicate with school administrators, book a program with the PTA program co-ordinator, figure costs and set price, keep a good calendar, pick the right vehicle to carry your stuff, bring your lunch and "What if it snows?".
Speaker(s): Clifford Wright-Sunflower
Audience: Intermediate beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm Cathedral Effect - A Proactive Dynamic Club
Discover techniques to successfully build membership in your local or state bee organization.
Speaker(s): Billy Davis
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm So You Want to be a Master Beekeeper
- Why should you want to be a Master Beekeeper
- What is expected once you become a Master Beekeeper
- What does the test entail
- The future of the Master Beekeeper Program
- Learn the secret Master Beekeeper Handshake and Password
Speaker(s): Ray Lackey; Clarence Collison
Audience: Advanced beekeepers.
Varietal Honey
Friday 1:00 pm Varietal Honey Workshop 1
Topic TBA
Speaker(s): Joe Traynor; Dave Laney; Bill Mares; Julia Pirnak, NHB
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 2:00 pm Varietal Honey Workshop 2
Topic TBA
Speaker(s): Joe Traynor; Dave Laney; Bill Mares; Julia Pirnak, NHB
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 3:30 pm Varietal Honey Workshop 3
Topic TBA
Speaker(s): Joe Traynor; Dave Laney; Bill Mares; Julia Pirnak, NHB
Audience: All beekeepers.
Friday 4:30 pm Varietal Honey Workshop 4
Topic TBA
Speaker(s): Joe Traynor; Dave Laney; Bill Mares; Julia Pirnak, NHB
Audience: All beekeepers.
In The Beeyard
    Stop in the beeyard and inspect a hive with a Master Beekeeper, state bee inspector or a conference speaker. Or, just drop by and ask questions, compare war stories and amusing anecdotes. A different person will be at each session.
Audience: All beekeepers.
Thursday 1:00 pm Speaker(s): Joe Duffy; Jim Tew
Thursday 2:00 pm Speaker(s): Glen Crimbring; Mike Embry; George Clutter
Thursday 3:30 pm Speaker(s): Ray Lackey; Jeff Pettis
Thursday 4:30 pm Speaker(s): Bill Mondjack; Dave Tarpy
Friday 1:00 pm Speaker(s): Jerald Ely; Selim Dedej; Jim Tew
Friday 2:00 pm Speaker(s): Don Hopkins; Dave Tarpy
Friday 3:30 pm Speaker(s): Will Blodgett; Jeff Pettis
Friday 4:30 pm Speaker(s): Jennifer Berry; Heather Mattila
Disease Diagnosis
Thursday
Friday
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
Drop In Disease Diagnosis Center
Drop in assistance in self diagnosing Nosema and Tracheal Mites:
- Bring in about 100 old bees killed in alcohol from a hive so the bees can be analyzed (Older bees are bees collected from the front of the hive or outside of the brood area)
- Learn to dissect and check tracheal tubes under a microscope.
- See demonstrations on packaging frames with possible AFB infection to be sent to labs for AFB verification and Terramycin resistance.
- Bring in frames with other possible diseases for disease ID
Speaker(s): Tiffany Crum; Marcus Denis
Audience: Intermediate-Advanced beekeepers.


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Updated 22 May 2004