Cornell University’s Master Beekeeping Certificate Program.
A 15 month online study course, with final exams conducted at the lab, is offered by the Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies.
While earning the Master Beekeeper certificate, students of this course will gain the skills needed to keep bees healthy and productive year after year. While gaining a deeper understanding of honeybees, Master Beekeepers become a resource for new beekeepers, participate in honey bee research and outreach.
Beekeepers should have three or more years experience with bees. For information see the Dyce Lab website.
Queen Rearing Workshop 2017
Under professional leadership this year, the 2017 queen workshop holds great promise. With the expertise of Brian Evans, queen breeder for Kutik Farms, participants will learn the fine points and methods of raising breeder queens, grafting larvae, assessing queen cells and managing mating yards.
Visiting New Zealand queen breeder, Craig Olds of Ruby Bay Queens, will add guidance and perspectives from “down under.”
The teaching staff also includes Dyce Lab’s Dr. Scott McArt, Research Scientist and Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate.
Support staff include Finger Lakes Beekeeper Club members George Myers, Cole Tucker and myself, David Hopkins.
The workshop involves lectures, small group discussion and hands-on activity in the lab and apiary. Participants should bring protective gear for working with the bees.
Workshop dates include:
Saturday, June 10: primary topics include Honey Bee Reproductive Biology and Grafting.
Saturday, June 17: topics include Assessing Queen Cells and Establishing Mating Nucs.
Participants can opt to join mid-week work sessions to prepare breeder queens, feed bees, organize colonies for grafting and set up mating nucs. These activities will be as needed. Preparatory work will begin on June 3. Apiary clean-up will be on June 24.
Cost of the Workshop is $200. Discounts of 10% will apply to beekeeper club members.
For more information and pre-registration contact Dr. Scott McArt by email.
Pollinator Protection Initiatives
Honeybee populations endure health challenges, a reduction of available floral pasture and and ongoing exposure to farm, garden and lawn chemicals. There are things we can do that help the bees and all the pollinators that are critical. Cornell University is home to many programs relating to these conditions. To learn more please study this website.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Services offer insight into being involved in many ways.
Cornell’s Danforth Lab is dedicated to pollinators in agricultural and natural settings. The project includes numerous opportunities with higher education, research and community outreach activities
Danforth Lab Technician and outreach worker Maria van Dyke will speak and show slides at Danby’s Town Hall in May. Please check back for the date, to be determined soon.