The University of Wisconsin-Superior will host a series of three free beekeeping workshops to provide aspiring beekeepers with the general knowledge they need to be successful. All workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in room 1013 of Swenson Hall and will be taught by UWS biology professor and apiary manager Edward Burkett.
The first workshop, Beekeeping 101 on Feb. 8, will include honey bee biology, basic equipment, tools, 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 learn how to handle and use beekeeping equipment and how to assemble a beehive.
Beekeeping 102: My First Honey Bees, will take place Feb. 22. The session is designed to teach first-time beekeepers how to care for new honey bees. This workshop is ideal for first-year beekeepers that have previously completed an introductory beekeeping workshop, but will prove beneficial to second-year beekeepers, as well. Topics include honey bee biology, installing packages and installing a nucleus hive, standard hive inspections and basic hive management.
Beekeeping 103: Let's Talk Bees will be held March 7 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 per session. Registration is required and is available for one, two or all three workshops. Swenson Hall is located on the UW-Superior campus, 1610 Weeks Ave.
For more information and to register, visit uwsuper.edu/beekeeping.