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April Meeting

Colony autopsy: decoding clues to why a colony died

 Losing a honey bee colony is never easy. Identifying why your bees died can help you improve your honey bee management skills in the future. In this presentation, we will discuss possible reasons for a colony’s death based on the clues the bees left behind. We will talk about what to do with a deadout’s leftover honey and equipment, and we will focus on ways to prevent colony loss in future beekeeping seasons.

Ana Heck learned how to keep bees in Nicaragua while apprenticing on an organic farm and working with a women's beekeeping cooperative. She joined the University of Minnesota Bee Squad in 2014, where she managed apiaries, provided hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and managed Bee Squad outreach and Extension programs. Heck joined Michigan State University’s Michigan Pollinator Initiative in January 2019 as a Research Technologist to support pollinator education initiatives, honey bee research, and implementation of policies to protect pollinators. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University.

Most meetings are on the 3rd Sunday of every month. But not April’s meeting due to the Easter Holiday

Earlier Event: March 16
81st Annual Beekeeping Conference
Later Event: May 19
May Meeting