February Meeting: Featuring Dan Weaver + Honey Bee Communication

 Tuesday, February 13, 2017

Pre-meeting presentation: 6-6:45 pm
Q&A session: 6:45-7 pm
Main meeting: 7-9 pm

The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas (map)

Rescheduled from November, this month we are extremely lucky to have Dan Weaver speaking to us about raising strong resistant stock in the face of modern beekeeping challenges. Dan has been selecting for varroa resistance since the 1990’s, and runs BeeWeaver Apiaries, producing bees raised free of miticides, pesticides, and any chemical control measures.

Dan comes from a long beekeeping tradition and is a clear authority on all things honey bees. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology from University of California and his JD from University of Texas. He is past-president of the Texas Beekeepers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation, and has served on many pollinator/bee/beekeeping committees at a national and international level. He has also been an author on numerous papers pertaining to bees, covering topics ranging from the impact of in-hive pesticides to the mapping of the honey bee genome.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our Q&A session, “Bee Plant of the Month”, “Bee Book of the Month”, and our monthly “In the Hive”. We will also have an awards ceremony for our youth scholarship recipients for 2018.

For this month’s “Trophallaxis In The Theater” pre-meeting class, we have TVBA member Janeil Mitchell presenting about the many different languages of the honey bee. This presentation will cover many fascinating ways bees communicate with each other, and how some of these, when observed, can be interpreted into the beekeeper’s management of the colony.

Janeil is going in to her 4th year as hobby beekeeper in Heath, TX. She earned her apprentice level beekeeper status within the Texas Master Beekeeper Program in 2016. The focus of her community outreach has been encouraging the younger generations to get excited about beekeeping.

Want to help out at a meeting? We are always looking for folks to bring snacks and give brief talks on bee plants and books. Click here to sign up –> TVBA sign up lists

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meeting and Q&A session are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. Pre-meeting presentations are held in the small theater at the end of the same hallway, also on the left side.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

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