Urban IPM

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Austin 7th Annual Beekeeping Seminar

When:        Jan. 27, 2018 
Who:           Austin Area Beekeepers Association
Where:       Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757
Cost:          $60


Why:
The mission of this daylong seminar is to educate people of all experience levels in sustainable science-based bee husbandry and to provide support to worthy bee charities. The lion’s share of the proceeds are donated to the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab, the Texas Beekeepers Association Queen’s Program, the Texas Master Beekeeping Program and other bee charities. 
honey bee on passion flower



Description:

This is a daylong seminar offering 5 different educational presentations running concurrently every hour throughout the day. This will provide many beginning and advanced subjects to choose from. A separate beginner track has been formatted covering a variety of startup topics for soon-to-be or very-new beekeepers. A beginner beekeeper will learn the fundamentals of honey bee biology and behavior, how to select the equipment you will need, where to buy bees, how to set up your apiary, how to light a smoker, feeding, the fundamentals of honey extraction, queen finding, requeening and annual management.

For additional information you can email Lance Wilson at lance@beekeepinghelp.com

This organization is non-profit and 100% of the proceeds of this event will be used to promote sustainable beekeeping practices and provide support to bee charities.

Other Sessions will include:
-Honey Bee Management 1 and 2
-Nutrition Management
-Honey Bee Biology and Behavior
-Top Bar Management 1 and 2
-Effective Varroa Management for Robust Populations
-Brood Disease and Pest Control
-Swarm Capture Techniques
-Raising Queens
-Simple Queen Cell Production
-Learn Honey Extraction Techniques
-How to Grow Your Apiary Business
-Successful Sales and Marketing
-How to plant Beescapes
-Bees as an Ag. Exemption
-Queen Finding and Requeening
-Honey Bee Reproductive Biology
-Making Splits
-Cut-Outs
-Equipment Building Workshop
-Smoker Lighting Demo
-What Every Beekeeper Should Know About Foraging
-Impact of Miticides on QMP
-Varroa Monitoring Workshop
-Honey Bee Health and Nutrition
-Preparing for a Honey Show

Presenters:
Professor Juliana Rangel – Entomology at Texas A&M
Mary Reed - Texas Apiary Inspector
Mark Hedley - Owner of Spiral Horn Apiary
Dan Aurell - Texas A&M Tech Transfer Team
Ryan Giesecke - Trinity Valley Beekeepers President
James & Chari Elam - Owners of Bluebonnet Beekeeping Supplies
Dodie Stillman - Certified Texas Master Beekeeper
Elizabeth Walsh - Ph.D. Student of Entomology at Texas A&M
Tanya Phillips - Certified Texas Master Beekeeper
Karl Acuri - Austin Area Beekeepers Assoc. (Co-Organizer)
Becky Bender - Texas Master Naturalist
Brandon Fehrenkamp - Owner of Austin Bees
Pamela Yeamans – Certified Advanced Level Beekeeper (TMBP)
Chuck Reburn - Certified Texas Master Beekeeper
Ashley Ralph - Area Director Texas Beekeepers Assoc.
Steve Butler - Owner of Company Bee
John Swan - Owner of Wicked Bee Apiary
Dennis Herbert - Past Pres. of the Bell-Coryell Beekeeping Assoc.
Lance Wilson - Certified Master Craftsman Beekeeper (GMBP)

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Wish List

Ready for the 2017 arthropod gift idea list?  Hopefully I've found something for every discerning person on your gift list.


Not only are these spider slippers adorable, but they will also keep your toes toasty on those chilly winter evenings.
fuzzy spider slippers

If those slippers are a bit too cutesy for you, then you can try these classier Jimmy Choo Sloane scarab slippers.  Unfortunately (or fortunately based upon your budget), these are currently sold out.

Jimmy Choo Sloane Scarab slippers







For the more intellectual person on your gift list, you can try a book.  The Beekeeper's Lab by Kim Lehman is one that I contributed to. 

Beekeeper's Lab by Kim Lehman













A good coffee table book is Microsculpture: Portrait of Insects by Levon Biss.

Microsculpture Portrait of Insects by Levon Biss












If price is no object, you can gift this beautiful topaz ring by Sevan Bicakci.....
butterfly topaz ring by Sevan Bicakci
















.....or if the price tag is a bit too steep and you still want wear your insect, then you can try a Insect Terrarium necklace by Chrysalis Studios.

insect terrarium necklace










The last offering comes from Michael Mangiafico of FIG Studios.  He's a glass artist that I took a class from years ago when I was still lampworking.  I love his work as much of it has an arthropod theme (we learned how to make a glass scorpion in class).  His work is extremely delicate, detailed, and is stunning.
 
lampwork glass catrpillars by FIG studios

Friday, December 1, 2017

Free Webinar Today- Don't Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans

What: “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series” 
Bed bug on mattress seamWhen: Friday , December 1st at 1:00 pm CST 
Who: Alan Brown,  from ABC Home & Commercial Services in Austin, TX, 
Topic: “Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans”.  This will be great information as many of us get ready to travel for the holidays.  

The link to the live webinar is here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/885968890

Details: The webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it any time.  To watch a webinar, just log in as a guest 15 minutes before the webinar begins.


Holiday travel plans often involve nights spent away from home.  Learn practical tips for identifying signs of bed bugs before they hitch hike home with you.  Alan Brown, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Austin, TX will discuss ways that travelers can detect and avoid bed bug infestations. 

Moderated by Taylor Vandiver and Marcus Garner, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. 

Note: on December 1, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.
The link to the live webinar is here: https://extension.zoom.us/j/885968890

For more webinars in this series, see 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceClemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.