January 8, 2020

UW-Superior holding free beekeeping workshops

The UW-Superior Urban Honey Bee Project offers a series of three, free, three-hour beekeeping workshops. Taught by UWS apiary manager and professor of biology Edward Burkett, these workshops will provide participants with the general knowledge that all beginning beekeepers need to be successful.

The UW-Superior Urban Honey Bee Project offers a series of three, free, three-hour beekeeping workshops. Taught by UWS apiary manager and professor of biology Edward Burkett, these workshops will provide participants with the general knowledge that all beginning beekeepers need to be successful.

Workshops are part of the Urban Honey Bee Project and are taught by Edward Burkett, UW-Superior biology professor and apiary manager

The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host a series of three free beekeeping workshops aimed at providing aspiring beekeepers with the general knowledge they need to be successful.  All workshops are taught by Dr. Edward Burkett, UW-Superior biology professor and apiary manager and will be held at Swenson Hall, Room 1013.

The first workshop, Beekeeping 101, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. – noon, will include “Do I really want to raise honey bees?,” honey bee biology, basic equipment, tools, protective gear, cost, purchasing bees and equipment, legal issues, urban beekeeping, installing your first bees, basic hive inspection, colony maintenance, and challenges to bee health. Participants will get to handle and learn to use beekeeping equipment and assemble a beehive.

Beekeeping 102: My First Honey Bees, taking place Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m. – noon, is designed to teach first-year beekeepers how to care for new honey bees. This workshop is ideal for first-year beekeepers that have previously completed an introductory beekeeping workshop, but will prove beneficial to second-year beekeepers. Topics include honey bee biology, installing packages and installing a nucleus hive, standard hive inspections, and basic hive management.

Beekeeping 103: Let's Talk Bees will be held Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. – noon, with topics such as early summer hive management, honey bee diseases and parasites, varroa mite monitoring, swarm biology and prevention, how to capture a swarm, and queen capture and marking. The workshop will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Registration is required and is available for one, two or all three workshops. Swenson Hall is located on the UW-Superior campus at 1610 Weeks Ave.

For more information, contact professor Dr. Edward Burkett at eburkett@uwsuper.edu.

The UW-Superior Urban Honey Bee Project offers a series of three, free, three-hour beekeeping workshops. Taught by UWS apiary manager and professor of biology Edward Burkett, these workshops will provide participants with the general knowledge that all beginning beekeepers need to be successful.

The UW-Superior Urban Honey Bee Project offers a series of three, free, three-hour beekeeping workshops. Taught by UWS apiary manager and professor of biology Edward Burkett, these workshops will provide participants with the general knowledge that all beginning beekeepers need to be successful.

The Urban Honey Bee Project has three components: education, undergraduate research and community service. Undergraduate students interested in studying the bees and conducting research begin by taking an introductory course called Honey Bee Biology and Scientific Beekeeping, in which they learn principles of beekeeping and bee biology. If interested, they then have the opportunity to continue their studies through research and work in the apiary. They also join Burkett in providing information about beekeeping and honey bee preservation to the broader community.

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