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SEMBA Special August Meeting

  • 6 Aug 2023
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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Anticipatory Beekeeping

The learning curve to success in beekeeping can be huge. Initially we tend to react to what is happening, but as we gain experience we find anticipating what the bees are going to do helps ensure we are 'in charge' vs the bees managing us. What do we need anticipate now in August (many consider it the beginning of the new year of bee care)? Queen replacement, splitting colonies, mite population growth, food needs of the winter, or .....(add here your favorite!).

A look at the beginning of our annual bee season with emphasis on the major issues where anticipation, versus reaction, might ensure success (however we might define success).


Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University.  I enjoyed professional appointments at Cornell (1968-70), Univ of Maryland (1970-81) and U Delaware 1981-2009, serving as entomology chair at the last 2.  I spent a sabbatical year at the USDA Tucson lab 1977-78 and had 2 Fulbright awards for projects in Panama and Bolivia with Africanized bees.  I retired from Univ of Delaware in 2009 and moved to Portland, OR to be closer to grandkids.  

In retirement I remain active in bee education, writing for newsletters, giving Bee Short Courses, assisting in several Master beekeeper programs and giving presentations to local, state and regional bee clubs. I am author of Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping, main textbook used in University and bee association courses. My newest bee book (my 10thThe Complete Bee Handbook was published by Rockridge Press in 2020. I am major author of several Honey Bee Health Coalition publications including Tools for Varroa Management and am finishing a USDA APHIS Bee MD web program.


When: August 6, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Where: Join us in person at MSU's Tollgate Farm or online via zoom (link below).

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Meeting ID: 869 0355 1834

Passcode: SEMBA

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