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Beth Conrey

Beth Conrey has an MBA from the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management.  She owns Bee Squared Apiaries, a 60 hive beekeeping operation.  Bee Squared produces chemical-free honey, hand rolled beeswax candles and quality soaps.  She is president of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association and the Western Apicultural Society.  She sits on the Board of the Pollinator Stewardship Council (PSC) and People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN).

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Bobbie Holder

Has a design company called Native Elements, where she does landscape design and management consultations. She has an Associate’s degree in horticulture from Northwest College in Powell.  She is an ISA certified Arborist and a certified Permaculture landscape designer. This is her 16th year with Extension and she worked in the Nursery / Greenhouse industry for 10 years before starting work for Extension.

Justina Russell

Justina “Tina” Russell first learned the art of beekeeping and the making of beehive products while serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa.  She taught rural villagers how to manage and maintain hives and how to create marketable products.  As an Extension Educator with the University of Wyoming Tina now takes the skills she learned while in Africa, as well as knowledge gained in working with beekeepers in the States and shares it with Extension clientele across the state of Wyoming.

Polly Cross

Assistant Manager, Inspection Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, responsible for inspections and supervision of inspections including apiary.

Michael Jordan

Owner of A Bee Friendly Company, Inc., located in Southeast Wyoming.  Michael has been teaching the art of bees and beekeeping for over 15 years.  Michael also makes word class Mead.

Terry Booth

Retired research scientist from the High Plain USDA Agriculture Research facility, Cheyenne, Wyoming. BS and MS from the University of Nevada at Reno in Wildlife and Range Management, PhD in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming. Terry and wife Verena started Cheyenne Honey over 36 years ago.  Earning tuition money one summer as an assistant honey bee inspector for the New Mexico State Department of Agriculture where he developed a love for beekeeping.  Their honey is known for its mild flavor and has been produced and sold in gift shops, convenience stores, bakeries, health and athletic facilities, schools, and farmers’ markets for 30+ years. Their hives are located in Laramie County, Wyoming where they harvest the honey and bottle it.

William Meikle

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.  Our current research focuses on developing the use of sensors to model bee colony dynamics and to monitor bee health productivity and performance.

Continuous monitoring provides robust data that allows us to correlate hive events, such as changes in forager activity, with external factors such as weather events, blooms of important flower species, or pesticide application in a neighboring field. Continuously weighing hives (hourly or more often) using electronic sensors is a colony monitoring approach that offers a high information yield with comparatively little hive disturbance. Continuous weight data have been shown to be rich in information on colony growth and consumption, swarming, weather effects and hive abandonment.  Other kinds of data that can provide information on hive health and activity include temperature, humidity, O2 and CO2 concentration, forager traffic, vibration and acoustic signals. Analysis of these data over time may allow us to use continuous monitoring tools to predict hive activities and diagnose colony disorders.

Mark Carroll, PhD

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.  My primary focus is on nutritional ecology and physiology, since nutrition is a critical arbiter of health and stress responses in honey bees.  Our understanding of how these honey bee social systems work includes consideration of the residential microbial communities associated with the colony.  Beneficial microbes are intimately involved in nutritional processing and digestion, as well as the preservation of food stores and hive materials against other microbes.  Given that honey bee colonies represent one of the most dense and microbially-vulnerable aggregations of animals on earth, inclusion of the beneficial microbial community in honey bee stress ecology is paramount.

Albert Chubak

He currently holds the position of Program Director of the Wasatch Beekeeping Association which includes preparing monthly classes on intermediate to advanced beekeeping topics.  This position also instructs and educates local club beekeepers through a class training held once a month.

His job of Program Director for the Wasatch Beekeeping Association requires that he arranges training, education, development of the club, sustaining the club through activities, giving a positive image of beekeeping to the community and involved with community presentations to non-beekeepers.  Albert is the Western Apicultural Society Director for Utah for 2015.  He is a bee removal specialist in Utah.

In construction industry for over 25 years, where he developed the patent pending Eco Bee Box the most modern beehive in the industry, needs little to no maintenance, no paint, can’t warp and uses local lumber. His bee boxes are easily repaired and extremely durable, made to outlast the beekeeper!  He is currently marketing this highly innovative product throughout North America and the World.

Glenn Andresen

Glen Andresen’s life changed in unimagined ways when an old-time beekeeper introduced him to the art, craft and science of keeping bees…and so began a lifetime fascination with the wonder and magic of honey bees. Glen has been keeping bees in his own backyard in Portland, Oregon since 1992 and in other people’s backyards since 2002. Last year, his city bees produced more than 3,300 pounds of honey.

He teaches backyard organic beekeeping classes through Portland Community College, Garden Fever nursery in Northeast Portland, and others.

Glen Andresen is the host of the long-running hour-long edible gardening show, “The Dirt Bag,” heard the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. on community radio station KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland. Since 1994, Glen Andresen has been Metro/OSU’s lead natural gardening educator. The program offers presentations and information on how to have healthy yards and gardens without the use of pesticides. And Glen has been a Master Gardener since 1991, more information can be found on this website http://www.bridgetownbees.com/

Glen will be teaching the day long beekeeping workshop, topics include:

    1. bee stings
    2. local ordinances
    3. local/state/national resources
    1. basic Langstroth equipment (but also the pros and cons of Warre and top-bar hives)
    2. standard tools and protective gear
    3. typical startup (and ongoing) costs
    1. bee biology
    1. apiary location recommendations
    2. sources for bees
    3. retrieving swarms
    1. what to look for inside the colony
    2. re-queening
    3. managing for honey production/supering
    4. extracting honey and beeswax
    5. good nectar producing plants
    6. nectar dearths
    7. feeding options
    8. robbing
    9. fall/late summer evaluation
    10. over-wintering
    11. varroa, and other honey bee pests and diseases
    12. treatment options
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