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Introduction to Beekeeping: A Hobby with Sweet Rewards ~ Part 1

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Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

3940 Keystone Rd

Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

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This program is an introduction to honey bees and will introduce you to the basics of honey bees, their biology and the guiding principles of beekeeping. This is part one of a three part series!

Instructor: Robert Burkard

Introduction to Honey Bees

  • Basics of Apiculture
  • Types of Bees
  • Races of Honey Bees
  • Bee Biology
  • Understanding how the hive operates as a collective with 50,000 individuals
  • The Sting
In addition to the personal satisfaction of harvesting your own pure natural honey, many of our food staples would disappear without honey bees for pollination. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute one-third of everything we eat. Honey bees are important for pollinating familiar crops such as oranges, grapefruit, apples, almonds, blueberries, pumpkins, asparagus, and cucumbers, and also contribute to our beef and dairy industries by pollinating alfalfa. Hobbyist beekeepers play a vital role in keeping our honey bee population healthy.


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