2021 June 12 MEETING

LIVE Webinar!

Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association for a fascinating day packed with insights on honey bees & useful tips to keep them.

At this meeting you will learn:
* What is killing bees and what can we do about it?
* The mating biology of honey bees
* How Social Immunity fights bee diseases
* Maryland bee news

WHAT: Speakers include Jamie Ellis, & Marla Spivak
DAY: 06/12/2021 Saturday, June 12, 2021
: 8:30AM- 3:30PM
WHERE: On-line Only.
HOW TO ATTEND: We will send the link to you via MSBA's "Announcements". If you subscribed to MSBA's "Announcements" you will receive a link via email the day before the meeting. If you have not yet subscribed to MSBA's "Announcements", please 'subscribe' now. It is FREE to all - (click here)
ZOOM LINK: https://umd.zoom.us/j/93106626062 (or via phone 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 931 0662 6062)
ADMISSION: Free to You! (All costs borne by MSBA)

9:00 WelcomeKim Mehalick, MSBA President
9:10Inspector's Report: "What’s happening in Maryland with Honey bees?Cybil Preston, Maryland State Chief Apiary Inspector
9:35EAS UpdatePatti Wong
9:45"What is killing bees - And what can we do about it?"Jamie Ellis, PhD, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida
10:30"Social Immunity - Honey bees' health care"Maria Spivak, Professor in Entomology, University of Minnesota
11:30"Helping military vets through beekeeping"Monica Schmitt, Founder of Mission Beelieve
12:00Lunch Break 
12:30Bee Squad Mark Dykes, Bee Squad Coordinator, University of Maryland
1:15"The mating biology of honey bees"Jamie Ellis, PhD, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida
2:30Dr. Jamie Ellis will be staying on for Questions and Answers in “Stump The Chump” Get some good questions readyJamie Ellis, PhD, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida
3:00Closing RemarksKim Mehalick, MSBA President

Keynote Speaker

TALK #1 What is killing bees and what can we do about it?
In many ways, beekeeping is harder than ever. Colony loss rates are high in many areas around the world. Old pests and pathogens continue to cause problems. New pests and pathogens threaten colony health. With all of the confusion swirling around bee health, we are left to wonder what the principle killers of honey bee colonies actually are. Dr. Ellis will discuss what is killing bees around the world and what can be done to reduce the losses.

TALK #2 The mating biology of honey bees
Individual honey bees reproduce. In this lecture, you will learn about the mating and reproductive habits of queen and drone honey bees.

Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in Extension, instruction, and research. Regarding his Extension work, Jamie created the UF/IFAS Bee College and the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.

Keynote Speaker

TALK: Honey bees have a remarkable health care system called "social immunity"
I will discuss two forms of social immunity, hygienic behavior and propolis collection, and explain how they benefit honey bee colonies. I hope to convince everyone to pay more attention to bees' ability to weed out diseased and Varroa-infested brood through hygienic behavior, and to love the presence of propolis in bee hives.

MARLA SPIVAK autobiography
Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Kansas 1989 on the ecology and identification of Africanized honey bees in Costa Rica.  Her current research efforts focus on protecting and enhancing the health of bees through social immunity and bee breeding.