6th Annual Long Island Honey Bee Conference
Hosted by the Long Island Beekeepers Club
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Sisters of St Joseph Conference Center
1725 Brentwood Road
Registration and Breakfast starts at 9:00 am
Ross Conrad from 10:00 to 11:30
Lunch starts at noon
Samuel Ramsey from 1:00 to 2:30
LIBC Members: $30
Includes Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch
Ross Conrad learned his craft from world-renowned beekeeper and apitherapist, Charles Mraz, and Charlie's son Bill. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition – the revised and expanded version. Ross has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His human-scale side-line business Dancing Bee Gardens, provides honey and pollination services among other bee related products directly to friends, neighbors, and the local community.
Topic: Pesticides and Honey Bee Health
Ross shares some of what he learned as a member of the Vermont Pollinator Protection Committee, tasked by the Vermont legislature to come up with a state pollinator protection plan. In his presentation, Ross Conrad summarizes the latest scientific research on the effect of pesticides on honey bees and other pollinators, the impacts of pesticide regulation in the U.S.A and around the world, and provides concrete ways that beekeepers, homeowners, farmers and gardeners can assist pollinators with the challenges of pesticides.
Samuel Ramsey's enduring interest in insects started 22 years ago and shows no sign of waning. A recent Ph.D. from Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland, College Park; Ramsey maintains a focus on how insect research can benefit the public through the development of IPM strategies and STEM focused outreach initiatives. To that end, he's started a YouTube channel called Dr. Buggs where he attempts to communicate complicated subjects in insect science in a simple and engaging way. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011 focusing his research on Predatory/Parasitic insect behavior. His current work focuses on the involvement of the parasitic Varroa mite in the ongoing issues with honey bee health decline and what can be done to reverse it. He's further turned his sights on studying the closely related Southeast Asian Tropilaelaps mites before they arrive in the US.
Topic: Tropilaelaps Mites: A Fate Worse Than Varroa
Tropilaelaps mites are spreading across the globe at a rate very similar to that of Varroa in the 1960’s, roughly 20 years before they arrived in the US. If they continue to spread this way, it’s possible that they could be here just as quickly. These mites are much more destructive than Varroa with faster population growth, greater mobility, and no pesticides currently labeled for their treatment. There’s a lot to learn about them. This presentation details what we already know and what we still need to figure out.