The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host Beekeeping 101, the first in a series of three free beekeeping workshops, on Feb. 9. All workshops are taught by Edward Burkett, UW-Superior biology professor and apiary manager, and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in Swenson Hall Room 1013.
Beekeeping 101 will include "Do I really want to raise honey bees?;" honey bee biology; basic equipment, tools and protective gear; cost; purchasing bees and equipment; legal issues; urban beekeeping; installing your first bees; basic hive inspection; colony maintenance; and challenges to bee health.
Participants will get to handle and learn to use beekeeping equipment and assemble a beehive.
Beekeeping 102, taking place March 2, is designed to teach first-year beekeepers how to care for new honey bees. This workshop is ideal for first-year beekeepers who have previously completed an introductory beekeeping workshop, but will prove beneficial to second-year beekeepers. Topics include honey bee biology, installing packages and a nucleus hive, standard hive inspections and basic hive management.
Beekeeping 103 will be held March 23, with topics such as early summer hive management; honey bee diseases and parasites; varroa mite monitoring; swarm biology and prevention; how to capture a swarm; and queen capture and marking. The workshop will conclude with a question-and-answer session.
The free beekeeping workshops are limited to 60 participants at each event. Registration is available for one, two or all three workshops at cvent.com/d/l6qm46. Swenson Hall is located on the UW-Superior campus at 1610 Weeks Ave.