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Russian Honeybee Breeders Association (RHBA)
All-Day Queen Rearing Program - Tuesday 8/14

Members of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association (RHBA) will present a day long program on queen rearing during the Short Course on Tuesday, August 14thRHBA has, since its incorporation on November 1, 2007, worked to improve Varroa mite tolerance of the Russian honeybee. By maintaining breeding stock through testing and verifying mite tolerance they select breeder queens and drones proven to have mite reducing characteristics. Members continue to improve individual breeding lines within the framework of the queen breeding model first set up by the Baton Rouge ARS-USDA Bee Lab. Their breeding program is working, and they continue to see improvement as members refine the RHBA queen breeding procedures. They have learned a great deal in ten years and will be sharing many of these techniques and observations with EAS members.

RHBA members will provide specific information regarding the history, breeding program, and management of the Russian honeybee. We will also be presenting general information to help participants rear queens. Although our focus will be on smaller apiaries, RHBA members represent operations of several hundred to more then ten thousand colonies. RHBA members also represent diverse demographics including states with long winters and extremely hot summers. In other words, we represent a wide variety of management, environmental, and beekeeping scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding Russian bees and queen rearing from beekeepers with years of practical experience.

Topics include:

History & Structure of the RHBA Breeding Program, Selecting for Improvement, Mating Yards, The Queen Rearing Process, Management of Russian Bees, Comparison of Russian and Italian bees, and several members will also be available in the bee yard to talk about and demonstrate grafting, and starter / finisher colonies.

 

RHBA members will provide specific information regarding the history, breeding program, and management of the Russian honeybee. We will also be presenting general information to help participants rear queens. Although our focus will be on smaller apiaries, RHBA members represent operations of several hundred to more then ten thousand colonies. RHBA members also represent diverse demographics including states with long winters and extremely hot summers. In other words, we represent a wide variety of management, environmental, and beekeeping scenarios. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding Russian bees and queen rearing from beekeepers with years of practical experience.

 

Electronic Colony Monitoring (Coordinator Dr. Frank Linton)

A Full Day EAS Short Course Program on Monday, Aug. 13th, 2018

The current high rate of colony loss, 30%-40% annually, presents beekeepers with a conundrum. More-frequent inspections might reduce these losses by revealing small problems before they become big ones, but every inspection disturbs the bees and unnecessary inspections may themselves contribute to colony losses. Still, for many backyard beekeepers, the issue is not too many inspections but too few. How can beekeepers be alerted to small problems before they become big ones – avoiding either too many inspections or too few? The solutions presented in this workshop all involve inserting sensors into hives to monitor colony health and productivity remotely. Like the many sensors in your automobile, sensors in your colonies can keep you informed of your colonies’ well-being and alert you to problems early-on.

 

Sensor types

  • · Weight: bees and honey (totals, rates of change), swarming, robbing
  • · Temperature: brood volume, winter cluster volume, queen quality
  • · Audio: flight, fanning, stress (parasites, diseases, queenless)
  • · Video: flight, pollen, swarms, predators, & entrance activity
  • · Odor: pheromones, diseases, nectar sources, pollutants…
  • · Other: CO2, humidity, electrical charge, vibration, Infra-red light, weather, hive location/damage/theft

(subject to changes): Presenters include

  • · Rafael Cabrera SolutionBee
  • · Joseph Cazier Appalachian State, Boone NC
  • · Huw Evans Arnia
  • · Jeff Groff Shepherd U, Shepherdstown WV
  • · William Meikle USDA, Tucson, AZ
  • · Rich Morris, Theo Hartmann Broodminder
  • · Kelton Temby EyesOnHives
  • · James Wilkes Hive Tracks
  • · Andrew Wootton RMIT U, Australia

In addition, several individuals will have posters and/or demos of their colony monitoring technologies set up around the periphery of the room. These will be open during the lunch time hour on Monday, August 13th from 12- 1:30 for all interested in Conference Room AB (downstairs in the convention center). 

 

Demo/Poster presenter

Affiliation

Topic/Title

TBD

Freelance Developer (Spain)

The Apilink Bee Counter

Kelly Kulhane

Bee Informed Partnership

BIP hive scale portal, and the Sentinel Apiary Program which combines hive scale data (from many of the speakers participating in this short course) with longitudinal colony health data collected by beekeepers. 

Frank Linton

ColonyMonitoring.com

Hive Inspection with Temperature Sensors: A Research Agenda

Dick Rogers

Bayer Crop Science, Bee Care Center

The Healthy Colony Checklist: A practical solution and technology to quickly assess, record, understand, and plan management of honey bee colony health

Stuart Shim

Beaver Plastics (Canada)

RFID-enabled Polystyrene Brood Box

Christian Walsh

Bryan Hoyt

HiveMind

(New Zealand)

Benefits of monitoring your beehives remotely.

An overview of the economic, operational, and hive health advantages of knowing how your far-off hives are doing, and what kinds of things you're missing if you don't.

Wyatt Wells

The Bee Corp

Data Science in beekeeping

Some of the EAS DE 2017 speakers have offered to put there presentations on the web site.  Click on the a title below.

2017LogoBy Lanni Simone


By Dewey Caron

By Tom Seely

By Racheal Bonoan

 

(Please note that these events unless listed as free will required tickets to be purchased for admittance.
They do typically sell out, so please reserve early)

 

  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, including events.
  • Reserve these early, as tickets are sold on a first come basis and some events are limited.
  • Take advantage of these great opportunities to socialize with fellow beekeepers and short course and conference speakers. 
  • Guests not attending the conference are welcome and can be added to the registration

 

Monday, August 13: St. George’s Brewing Company Tour (FREE Event)

St. Georges Brewing Company http://www.stgbeer.com

Tap Room hours 12 pm to 8 pm; Tours start at 6:30 pm

204 Challenger Way Hampton, VA 23666

Tour a local brewery while learning about the partnership that one backyard beekeeper cultivated into a small business.  Sample craft beers, including honey lager made with honey from the onsite apiary, while enjoying music and offerings from local food trucks. Brewery is 5.5 miles from HRCC, about a 14-minute drive.

 

Tuesday, August 14: Miss Hampton II Harbor Cruise (registration required) $30 Per Person

Miss Hampton II Cruises https://www.misshamptoncruises.com

Ships boards at 6:30 pm Cruise is from 7 pm to 9 pm

710 Settlers Landing Rd Hampton, VA 23669

Join us aboard the Miss Hampton II for a nautical experience showcasing the 400-year history of the Hampton Roads harbor. Snacks and cash bar available on board. The dock is 3 miles from HRCC; a 10-minute drive.

 

Wednesday, August 15: Beekeeper Beach Bash & Barbeque at Paradise Ocean Club (registration required) $30.00 Per Person 

Paradise Ocean Club https://www.paradiseoceanclub.com

4 pm to 8 pm

490 Fenwick Road Fort Monroe, VA 23651  

Beach party and picnic at the Paradise Ocean Club.  The private dining shelter, Olympic-size pool, private beach and Tiki Bar will provide loads of fun for everyone. Ticket includes all-day pass to Paradise Ocean Club. Club is 7 miles from HRCC, about a 20-minute drive.

 

Wednesday, August 15: Screening of "Queen of the Sun" (FREE event & Open to the Public) 

Hampton Roads Convention Center, Ballroom ABC

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Relax at the Convention Center with a few dozen, or more, of your closest friends and enjoy the award-winning film with beekeeper discussion to follow.

Trailer & Website for Movie

 

Thursday, August 16: Jamestown All-Day Field Trip (registration required)   $52 Per Person

Jamestown, Virginia

8 am to 5 pm Meet in Lobby of HRCC at 8 am

Visit Historic Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement to explore the world of America’s first permanent English colony and the Powhatan Indian, English and West African cultures that converged in the 17th century. Lunch is own your own at the Settlement Cafe

Historic Jamestown Settlement Site | Jamestown Settlement Site

 

Thursday, August 16: Tea with Celia Davis, NDB (registration required) $15 Per Person

Mercury Ballroom Embassy Suites Hotel

4 pm to 5 pm

Join Celia Davis, NDB, author and keynote speaker for a conversation about beekeeping in the British Isles. Tea with Assorted Finger Sandwiches, Fresh Baked Cookies, Blueberry Scones, Tea Cakes and Sliced Seasonal Fruit. (limited to 40 people)

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