Items of interest to beekeepers July 15, 2014
CLUBS - please forward to your members
My apologies for the long silence. We have been scrambling to get the summer edition of the WAS Journal finished and finalize the conference information it must contain. It has been a bit of a marathon, with Jerry dealing with family health issues and the double load of organizing not only the usual WAS conference but also the 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring.
This year's conference is composed of three sections:
• The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring on Wednesday, September 17,
• WAS Conference Speakers, Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19,
• Saturday Morning Workshops covering a variety of practical topics of interest to beekeepers and geared especially for those folks who cannot get away to attend the earlier events.
The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring involves several speakers from far distant parts -- New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Italy etc. It kicks off the "Week of the Bee" at the University of Montana in Missoula and contains a candy shop of technological goodies for all those so inclined.
Keynote speaker on Thursday of the WAS conference is our own Dr. Eric Mussen, now retired from UC-Davis but still the bee guru of choice for half the world. He'll be talking about what has changed in beekeeping during his professional lifetime. You know him - entertaining, informative, plain spoken and easy for anyone to understand, be they beginner beekeepers or ones with decades of experience.
The Friday keynote is something different, and something of enormous interest to all of us. G. Philip Hughes, Senior Director of the White House Writers Group of Washington, D.C.; Former Ambassador and White House National Security Aide for Presidents Robert Reagan and George H.W. Bush, will address the neonicotinoid pesticides and bees debate, giving a play-by-play of how this issue has been and is being played out. He will highlight the issues being ignored, misstated or oversimplified along the way by the media and politicians. He will also address the role of journalists in ‘muddying’ rather than clarifying the waters, as well as the recent involvement of the White House in honey bee and pollinator health and protection.
Attached is a registration form and a tee-shirt order form (you don't have to be at the conference to order a tee-shirt).
The WAS website will be updated in the next few days with all the information you need to get to Missoula in September - speaker program, registration form, accommodations, instructions and maps on how to find your way around Missoula and the university campus, and a glittering collection of extra events to make this a week to remember. Check it out at http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2 and plan to join us.
Shortly, I will get back to normal delivery of Items of interest to beekeepers. Apologies for the interruption. First things first.
Regards, Fran Bach
WAS Communications Director & Journal Editor