Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Leading Researcher to Speak on Honeybee Stress and Colony Collapse Disorder

Leading Researcher to Speak on Honeybee Stress and Colony Collapse Disorder

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Dr. Clint Perry from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London will present a talk on his research into Honeybees at a meeting of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association.  His research has included studies into how bee stress relates to colony collapse disorder. This includes chronic forager deaths and how this can send the colony down the road to catastrophic results.  The meeting will be at 7:00 PM, November 12th at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Center which is located at 185 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg.  The meeting is open to the public.   You do not have to be a member of the association and there is no cost to attend. Directions are available at:  The workshop is handicap accessible.  If you need specific accommodations, please contact Penn State Extension in advance at 717-263-9226. 

Dr Perry’s other research delved into the bee brain to determine how it assesses risk.  Dr. Perry is currently involved in setting up another research project in Australia.

Dr. Perry earned his PhD in Neurophysiology from University of Colorado. He is currently a Marie Currie Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.  This is a great opportunity to listen to one of the leading researchers into colony collapse disorder and see what research is being done to help our bees.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Oct. 15, 2015 Would You Like to be a Beekeeper? workshop

Would You Like to be a Beekeeper?

Have you ever wondered what is involved in being a beekeeper and working with honeybees?  If so, plan to attend the informational meeting, “Would You Like to be a Beekeeper?" on October 15, 7:00 p.m., at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.  The Franklin County Beekeepers Association is sponsoring this introductory meeting on beekeeping for the general public.  In particular, it is for those who may be interested in starting their own hives and learning a little bit more about what is involved. The meeting will include a brief introduction to the honey bee, beekeeping information resources and time requirements for managing hives.   A brief overview of tools, equipment, start-up costs, and ordering bee packages will be presented.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping.  There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.  For more information about the meeting or the Franklin County Beekeeper Association, contact Randy King at 328-9256. 

Franklin County Beekeepers Association 36th Annual Banquet

Franklin County Beekeepers Association 36th Annual Banquet, Tuesday, Oct 6th, - 6:30pm at the Central Presbyterian Church

40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg(on the southwest corner of the main fountain square in Chambersburg, Intersection of Rt. 30 & Rt. 11.)

COVERED DISH DINNER - Each family bring 1 hot and 1 cold dish-and plates, silverware, etc.  Beverages, dinner rolls, butter, honey & table coverings will be provided.  You need not be a member of the Franklin County Beekeepers' Association to attend.  (Invite other beekeepers whom you may know, and who are not on our mailing list.)

SPEAKER - Jennifer King with Eversweet Apiaries, Located in Kearneysville, WV  Eversweet Apiaries was organized thirteen years ago to develop a business of producing honey and helping to increase the number of bees in the local area.  The business has grown into a bee equipment supply and information source covering most aspects of bee equipment supply and free bee education.  Currently, they operate an average of about 100 hives of bees all located in a 5 mile radius of Kearneysville. WV.