WAS NM Conference HB

The Western Apicultural Society of North America presents,

“COLONY CONSCIOUSNESS: Working Together to Preserve, Protect & Promote Our Pollinators” 

October 16-19, 2013

 La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico- USA

This conference features a unique diverse lineup with inviting forums highlighting honeybee health, management and research, alternative pollinators, apitherapy, a benefit pollinator art exhibit, vendors and exhibitors from beekeeping and farming and health organizations.

Also Featuring:

FREE Benefit Pollinator Art Exhibit by Santa Fe artist Kathryn Alexander and Friends

Opening Reception Thursday, October 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm

And….FREE BEE BUZZ KIDS’ CORNER Friday, October 18th from 3-6 pm

To Register and for lodging details visit, http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2 or email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Tel: 505/901-2102


Wednesday, October 16

1:00 – 5:00 pm WAS BOARD Meeting
1:00 – 5:00 Set up – Exhibitor/Vendors & Silent Auction
5:00 – 9:00 Registration
7:00-?  BEE BUZZ SOCIAL: Mosey on down to the Marble Brewery
Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 17

8:00 – 10:00am Registration
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome WAS President/NM President
8:45 – 9:15 Setting the stage – Dr. Jerry Bromenshank: ” The Future of Beekeeping” en memoriam Jim Bach, WAS Treasurer

Track – Genetics and Stock Improvement

9:15 – 10:00am Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: “Why we buy our varroa mites at $12,000
a pound” – The Great Varroa Challenge
10:00 – 10:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits
10:30 – 11:15 Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Shepard: “Bee breeding – can we see the
11:15 – 12:00 Speaker & discussion Mark Spitzig: “How Old Are Your Drone’s Mothers?”- Selection criteria for Queen Production”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & networking

Track – Colony Management

1:30 – 2:15pm Speaker & discussion Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman “Varroa population
dynamics and what it means for mite control strategies”
2:15 – 3:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell “Honey bee nutrition: Have we
learned anything in the last 10 years?”
3:00 – 3:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits
3:30 – 4:15 Speaker & discussion Les Crowder “Top bar hive management”
4:15 – Visit to Kate Whealan’s top bar apiary (car pool – 10 mins)
5:30 – 7:00pm “Tiny heroes: Celebrating the Beauty of Our Pollinators”
Kathryn Alexander benefit art exhibit opening reception- on the balcony on the
second (Mezzanine) floor.With Presentations by Ken Bowers (Pollinating Plants)
& Joyce Roetter ( HoShinDo Apitherapy)
Dinner on your own
8:00pm – Brother Adam movie

Friday, October 18

8:00 – 10:00am Registration

Track – Colony Management

8:30 – 9:15am Speaker & discussion Jenny Bach: “A diverse approach: Natural techniques
Hawai’i’s beekeepers considered that support colonies for years to come” (with
Jen Rasmussen and Christina Yahn)
9:15 – 10:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: “To treat or not to treat”
10:00 – 10:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits

Track – Educating Beekeepers and the Public

10:30 – 11:00am Speaker & discussion Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk: “Internet beekeeping – facts,
fictions, and myths”
11:00 – 12:00 Speaker & discussion Joran Viers NMDA Extension “Good neighbors”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & networking

Tracks – Education, Alternate Pollinators

1:30 – 2:15pm Speaker & discussion Dr. Eric Mussen (Education) “Pesticides and honey bees”

2:15 – 3:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell (Alternate Pollinators) “PAm, Almonds, Bees and BOBs: What Gordy has been up to”

3:00 – 3:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits

3:00 – 6:00pm Bee Buzz Kids’ Corner with help from Girl Scouts of NM Trails

3:30 – WAS Annnual Meeting, (Video presentation about the Alaska cruise option for

6:30pm – Banquet, Beekeeping in Santa Fe, Awards, end of Silent Auction, What’s on tomorrow

Saturday, October 19

8:00 – 10:00am Registration

Track – Human and Hive Health

8:30 – 9:15am Speaker & discussion Dr. Valerie Solheim: “”High Energy Fields and the Healthy
9:15 – 10:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Rankin: “New Mexico Honey & Antibiotic-
Resistant Infections”
10:00 – 10:30 Break/Exhibits
10:30 – 11:00 Speaker Conference Wrap – Melanie Kirby, Dr. Eric Mussen, Dr. Jerry

11:15pm – Enchanted Bee Tour leaves, lunch on the way (make sure you book for the tour
if you want to be on it – limited availability).

Tour Featuring Presentations by:

Ed Colby of Bee Culture’s “Bottom Board”monthly column with news from Apimondia

Christi Heintz, Executive Director of Project ApisM with Enchanted Forage for Pollinators Research

Mark Spitzig & Melanie Kirby of Zia Queenbee Co. with Rotational Grazing Concepts & Cooperative Beekeeping Efforts.

For lodging and registration information see flyers:

WAS poster