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Western Apicultural Society of North America Schedule

Wednesday, October 16

Western Apicultural Society of North America Presents:

“Colony Consciousness: Working Together to Preserve, Protect & Promote Our Pollinators”

Note: Admission is free to the benefit pollinator art exhibit (opening reception is Thursday evening from 5:30- 7:30 pm on the Mezzanine in La Fonda), as well as to the free Bee Buzz Kids' Corner from 3-6 pm on Friday, October 18th in the Santa Fe room of La Fonda. 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 16

1:00- 5:00 pm WAS BOARD Meeting
1:00- 5:00 pm Set up – Exhibitor/Vendors & Silent Auction

5:00- 9:00 pm Registration
7:00- ?            Mosey on down to the Marble Brewery

Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 17

8:00- 10:00 am Registration
8:30- 8:45 am   Welcome WAS President/NM President
8:45- 9:15 am   Setting the stage
– Jerry Bromenshank “The Future of Beekeeping” en memoriam Jim Bach

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Track - Genetics and Stock Improvement

9:15- 10:00 am  Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss:
"Why we buy our varroa mites at $12,000 a pound" - The Great Varroa Challenge

10:00- 10:30 am Break & Networking/Exhibits; Chef Greg Menke of Beestro introduction

10:30- 11:15 am Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Shepard: 

"Bee breeding – can we see the future?"
11:15- 12:00 pm Speaker & discussion Mark Spitzig: 

"How Old are your Drones’ Mothers?” -Selection criteria for queen production 

12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & Networking

Track - Colony Management

1:30 – 2:15pm  Speaker & discussion Liz Huxter

“Overwintering Nucs in high elevations” Speaker & discussion

2:15- 3:00 pm Dr. Gordon Wardell

"Honey bee nutrition: Have we learned anything in the last 10 years?"

3:00- 3:30 pm  Break & Networking/Exhibits

3:30- 4:15 pm  Speaker & discussion Les Crowder

"Top bar hive management"
4:15-                Visit to
Kate Whealen's top bar apiary (car pool - 10 mins)

5:30-7:00 pm    "Tiny heroes: Celebrating the Beauty of Our Pollinators"

Kathryn Alexander benefit art exhibit opening reception- on the balcony on the second (Mezzanine) floor with Presentations by Ken Bowers (Pollinating Plants) & Joyce Roetter ( HoShinDo Apitherapy)
Dinner on your own

8:00 pm- Brother Adam movie- Grand Ballroom

Friday, October 18

8:00- 9:15 am  Registration

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Track - Colony Management

8:30-9:15 am   Speaker & discussion Jenny Bach:
"A diverse approach: Natural techniques Hawai'i's beekeepers considered that 
support colonies for years to come" (with Jen Rasmussen and Christina Yahn)

9:15- 10:00 am  Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: "To treat or not to treat"

10:00 am- 10:30 am  Break & Networking/Exhibits

Track - Educating Beekeepers and the Public

10:30- 11:00 am  Speaker & discussion Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk: "Internet beekeeping - facts, fictions, and myths"

11:00- 12:00 am   Speaker & discussion Joran Viers NMDA Extension "Good neighbors"

12:00- 1:30 pm     Lunch on your own & networking

Tracks - Education, Alternate Pollinators

1:30- 2:15 pm  Speaker & discussion Dr. Eric Mussen (Education) "Pesticides and honey bees"

2:15-3:00 pm   Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell (Alternate Pollinators) "PAm, Almonds, Bees and BOBs: What Gordy has been up to"
3:00- 3:30 pm  Break & Networking/Exhibits

3:00- 6:00 pm   Bee Buzz Kids' Corner with help from Girl Scouts of NM Trails

3:30-                 WAS Annnual Meeting, (Video presentation about the Alaska cruise option for 2015) 6:30 pm-           Banquet, awards, end of Silent Auction, What's on tomorrow

Saturday, October 19

8:00- 10:00 am  Registration

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Track - Human and Hive Health

8:30-9:15 am   Speaker & discussion Dr. Valerie Solheim:

"High Energy Fields and the Healthy Hive"

9:15- 10:00 am  Speaker & discussion Dr. Bradford Weeks:

"Raw Honey for Health and Questionable Science"
10:00- 10:30 am  Break/Exhibits
10:30- 11:00 am  Speaker Conference Wrap – Melanie Kirby, Eric Mussen, Jerry Bromenshank

11:15 pm Enchanted Bee Tour leaves, lunch on the way (make sure you book for the tour if you want to be on it - limited availability).

Tour Featuring Presentations by Ed Colby of Bee Culture’s “Bottom Board” monthly column with news from Apimondia and Melannie Kirby with The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative efforts and and Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbee Co. with Rotational Grazing Concepts. 

Schedule Change:

On the program are nationally and internationally renowned speakers discussing topics of interest to beekeepers and those concerned about the issue of declining bee populations. The speaker program has been widely distributed, but here are some last minute changes to note.
Dr. Bradford Weeks of Clinton WA, co-founder of the American Apitherapy Society will speak Saturday morning on the therapeutic use of honey bee products, including the role of raw honey for health and the questionable science behind the assertion that infants ought not to eat honey. In a world where antibiotic resistance is becoming epidemic, apitherapy has some surprising alternatives. He replaces Dr. Steve Rankin who was to discuss specific work on honey in the field of antibiotic resistance.
Liz Huxter, a beekeeper and researcher in British Columbia, Canada, addresses a basic issue for beekeepers. She will speak Thursday afternoon on the wintering of nucs in high elevations and cold climates. She replaces Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman of the Tucson Arizona Bee Lab who had to cancel as all federal employees have had travel cancelled.
Other speakers include Dr. John Kefuss of Toulouse, France on maintaining very low levels of mites in beehives and how to make determinations of best practices to reach that point; Dr. Steve Sheppard of Washington State University in Pullman WA on the future of bee breeding in the face of large losses in the recent past; Dr. Eric Mussen of UC Davis, CA on pesticides, how they affect bees, and the larger issues surrounding their use in agriculture; Dr. Valerie Solheim of Boulder CO, who is working with energy fields to increase the health of her beehives; Dr. Gordon Wardell, formerly of the Tucson AZ Bee Lab and now bee biologist for one of California's largest almond-producing operations, on nutritional needs and the effect of huge monocultural practices in agriculture today; Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk, Montana State University in Missoula on the facts, fictions and myths among information appearing on the internet and where to get the real goods; Jenny Bach of Papaaloa, HI on how Hawaii turned around a devastating challenge to their honey bee industry; Mark Spitzig, a commercial breeder at Truchas NM on some of the issues involved in developing more dependable honey bee queens; Les Crowder of Dixon NM on use of top bar hives: and Joran Viers, beekeeper and Bernalillo County Extension Agent, discussing good neighbor issues between beekeepers and non-beekeepers as beekeeping becomes more of an urban activity.
While the conference is designed for members of WAS, the public is welcome to attend presentations if they are interested. An agenda and rates to attend are available on the WAS website (http://groups.ucanr.org/WAS/WAS_Conference) and you can sign up at the door. 

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