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Bee Day at East Meadow Farm

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

A full day Seminar on Bees!

Join us on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:30am to 3:30pm for Bee Day at East Meadow Farm.

Seminar is presented by: Carl Flatow, Cornell University Master Beekeeper

Fee: $40 per person
PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL ONLY RUN IF THERE ARE AT LEAST 20 REGISTRANTS BY FEBRUARY 28TH. IF CLASS DOES NOT RUN, YOU WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REFUNDED.

Seminar Description:

Do you know what color bees are? Are you allergic to bee stings? What is honey, really?

Join Cornell University Master Beekeeper, Carl Flatow, for a full-day seminar on bees.

If you want to know why bees are our most important pollinators or you’ve ever thought about becoming a beekeeper, come to Bee Day! This day-long, multi-media, hands-on, get-all-your-questions-answered program will give you a detailed introduction to many of the bees living and working in our area.

The Western Honey Bee is the best known insect on the planet. Yet many people don’t realize that the Western Honey Bee is only ONE of over 400 species of bees living in New York State, and one of more than 3,500 different species of bees found in the US & Canada. There are well over 20,000 identified species of bees, worldwide!

Did you know that Western Honey Bees make their nest in a pre-existing cavity (that they must, first, find) and that they live as highly social colonies? That is in stark contrast with MOST other bee species which are NOT social at all. In most species of bees the mother bee digs a hole in the ground to make a nest in which she works alone for no more than a few weeks a year — her entire adult life!

That’s just the beginning! Come to Bee Day and get the “big picture” of bees.

On Bee Day, Carl will compare and contrast the differences and similarities between bee species, and also explain why so many people mistakenly think that yellow jackets (social wasps) are bees. Carl will introduce you to a sampling of those other 400+ New York bee species and explain why the unique Western Honey Bee stands out as the best known insect on the planet.

Bee Day is also your chance to find out what honey really is. Carl will explain how and why only one, single species of bees in the U.S. makes it, and how honey has shaped the relationship between man and bee, over thousands of years, world-wide.
Naturally, we will have a honey tasting!

On Bee Day, Carl will do a deep dive into what goes on in a honey bee colony all year long, and what beekeepers do. This will include a show and tell with much of the equipment and materials beekeepers need in order to do it, as well as videos and on-line introductions to reliable sources of information — but Bee Day is not a course in beekeeping. The vast amount of knowledge and skill you must master to be a successful beekeeper can be daunting. The beekeeping body of knowledge should be studied during the course of the honey bees’ annual cycle, and it takes years to learn to do it well. Bee Day will give you a detailed overview of what that involves.

(Carl will hold additional monthly workshops through the spring, summer and fall, for those who might be interested in becoming beekeepers.)

Registration Information:

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For Questions about class call Kevin at 516-565-5265 Ext. 14 or email kjs283@cornell.edu

Fee

$40

Location

CCE-Nassau Environmental Horticulture Office
832 Merrick Avenue
East Meadow, New York 11554

Last updated January 13, 2020