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Bee Part of the Solution!
Become a Master Beekeeper and help keep local pollinators thriving.
Research into the serious problems facing honey bees and beekeepers is making progress. With the introduction of parasitic mites and their associated viruses in the 1980's wild honey bees have become non-existent in many areas. Beekeepers who are unprepared to deal with mites usually do not keep their bees for long. Many scientists agree that a combination of mites, virus, fungus, comb contamination, pesticides and monocultures have caused a 'perfect storm' which continues to decimate poorly managed honeybee stocks. Data suggests Colony Collapse Disorder was probably caused by a combination of these stressors which we have finally learned to minimize.
To help rebuild our resource of local pollinators, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply are teaming up to sponsor two sessions of the popular apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.
Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics to be covered include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification, and management of pests & diseases, as well as honey harvest and processing. The overall focus will hone in on the unique challenges and benefits of beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest.
A workshop manual complements the lectures. Participants completing the five-week course and passing the Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (an open book test) will receive a patch and a certificate towards the Journeyman and Master Beekeeper levels of training.
Each session will be taught by local beekeeping professionals, WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling, and Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary in Snohomish.
The first session starts Monday evenings, November 16 thru December 14, 2015. Second session starts Monday, February 22, 2016. Class size is limited and always fills quickly.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available for some workshops. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at 425.338.2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.
|Monday Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM - Monday Mar 21, 2016 9:30 PM | $90.00
WSU Snohomish County Extension's Cougar Auditorium (View)
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98908
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|