Wyoming Bee College conference 2017
The Wyoming Bee College is open to everyone; beekeeper want-a-bee, experienced beekeeper or people who are concerned about our pollinators and want to learn about conservation and habitat development to help them.
The 2017 conference is bigger with five (5) tracks on day one and four (4) tracks on the second day. We are pleased to bring in beekeeping authors James E Tew and Les Crowder along with the Denver Butterfly Pavilion.
Author and contributor to Bee Culture Magazine James E Tew will be our main speaker at the 2017 Wyoming Bee College he will be our morning keynote speaker for both Saturday, March 18 and Sunday March 19. James E Tew will be our evening dinner speaker bringing beekeeping humor and stories from the hive. James E Tew has written “Beekeeping Principles”; A Manual for the Beekeeper, “Wisdom for Beekeepers”; 500 Tips for Successful Beekeeping, Backyard Beekeeping, and the most recent “The Bee Keeper’s Problem Solver”. Check out: his facebook page at Dr. James E. Tew or his “A Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program” on www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org or his personal website www.onetew.com This is truly a beekeeper with his boots on the ground, research based and practical information.
Author and Top Bar Beekeeping expert; Les Crowder will be teaching a short course on top bar beekeeping. From Les’s website www.fortheloveofbees.com, “The topbar hive easily accomodates organic requirements. It can be built by a beekeeper for around $30 - $40 out of rough-sawn wood. It's insides mimic a hollow log, and the bees can draw their comb in whatever manner they choose..” “In topbar hive management, attention and care is given to cycling out older darkened comb by moving them to the back of the brood nest so that they may be filled with honey and culled. The bees are continuously utilizing their wax-making glands, keeping their glandular system active and healthy. By virtue of this system of management, the hives are kept clean and healthy, although the honey yields are lower and the wax yields are higher. Many topbar beekeepers utilize these higher wax yields to make candles, salves and balms that can be used to diversify their businesses.” Les had written the book; “Top Bar Beekeeping, Organic Practices for Honeybee Health”.
Beekeeping 101, will cover basic beginning beekeeping for those interested in starting up or just need a refresher with Carolina Nyarady DVM, a local third generation Master Beekeeper.
Beekeeping 102, years 2-3, to include everything from: hive inspection; "what am I really seeing in the hive", recognize the difference larval stages, understand and manage the brood nest, handle a queen to keep her safe, monitor for diseases, locating your hive, register your hive and why and going into winter.
Journeyman level two tracks of choices: Years 4 and on, many choices to mix and match: Scott Debnam from Montana State University on "What to expect each Month - seasonal management of you bees". Top bar beekeeping, with Les Crowder. Raising your own queens, Beehive building basics with David Lewis. Reyah Carlson on the "Hive as the Medicine Chest" from bee sting therapy, bees wax, Propolis, Royal Jelly; how to harvest and use these amazing bee created products. Using bee’s wax in candles and salves,Certified Naturally Grown Apiary and many more topics.
General topics for everyone: Honey Bee Nutrition, current research from UW on pollinator friendly crops, native plants, starting a pollinator garden from seed, selling honey as a hobby or business, food safety basics for honey, Bees Vs. Wasps, Certified Naturally Grown Apiary, how to build a bee hive and a panel discussion with the Butterfly Pavilion Team.
Conservation Track, everything from native plants, creating gardens, sucessful bee and butterfly gardens from seeds
Partners with the Wyoming Bee College:
The Butterfly Pavilion from the Denver Metro area will be doing classes on butterflies, habitat development and how to help them and native bees.
The University of Wyoming’s Bio-Diversity Institute.
the Laramie County Conservation District.
Bee Buddies, these are kids between 10 and 15 who are working with an adult beekeeper or 4-H leader learning the craft of beekeeping. They get free admission with a paying adult.
Conference hotels, both newly built in 2016 and offer a complimentary breakfast: 1-Comfort Inn 201 W Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007, 307-514-6051 or 2-the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cheyenne Southwest1820 West Lincolnway 307-634-0401. Ask for the Bee College rate.
Mission of the Bee College: To educate beekeepers on best management practices; to educate landowners about pollinator insects as keystone species, their roles in crop production and pest species management; and the importance of pollinator habitat construction and (land) conservation.