Saturday March 3 -- All Day Conference

Time:         9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Place:        Leicester Knights of Columbus, Leicester, MA (See directions below)

Speakers:  Dr. Jay Evans, Research Leader, USDA-ARS

                  Dr. Keith Delaplane, University of Georgia


The WCBA brings in the top speakers in the country to advance your knowledge in beekeeping so we can all be better beekeepers. WCBA members are encouraged to attend this free conference and we invite members from other organizations to attend. This event is FREE for members, non-members pay $10 or may may join the WCBA for $15. Lunch will be provided for $10, but must be pre-registered for (see form on page 4 of the WCBA winter newsletter). The topics are all pertinent so that we can better understand how to keep our bees alive and well. You will also have the opportunity to ask your questions to the top bee scientists in the U.S.


SAVE THE DATE — I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 3!
—Ken Warchol, Program Chairman


DR. JAY EVANS   (see Speaker Biographies below)

 Research Leader, USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab


DR. KEITH DELAPLANE   (see Speaker Biographies below)

 University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


8:00–9:00         Free Coffee, Danish & Bee talk


9:00                 WCBA President’s Welcome—Kathy DeGraf


9:15–10:30       DR. JAY EVANS 
                        Applied Research at the USDA-ARS Bee Lab: Bee Stress & Disease


10:30–12:00     DR. KEITH DELAPLANE 
                        Emergent Properties in the Honey Bee Colony:
                        Debunking Fables/Revealing New Wonders


12:00-1:00       Lunch (Register for lunch using the form on page 4, or bring your own)


1:00–2:30        DR. JAY EVANS
                       Disease Diagnostics and Predicting the Impacts of Honey Bee
                       Disease & Efforts to Find the Next Big Thing in the Bee World


2:30–3:45       DR. KEITH DELAPLANE
                      Honey Bee Nest Symbionts & Reasons Why Varroa Mites
                      Move Between Colonies


3:45               Closing and Raffle


Speaker Biographies:


Dr. Jay Evans is Research Leader at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bee Research Lab. The BRL is focused on the development of management strategies to help honey bees thrive in the face of disease, chemical stress and inadequate forage. His own research uses genetic techniques to reduce the impacts of parasites and pathogens. Current projects involve honey bee immunity, interactions among stress factors and the development of novel, safe, controls for mites and pathogens. Jay received his BA in Biology from Princeton University in 1988 and his PhD in Biology from University of Utah in 1995. He lives near Annapolis, Maryland, with his family, some wool sheep and bees.


Dr. Keith Delaplane, MBE Professor, Walter Hill Fellow and Honey Bee Program Director. Dr. Deplane received his B.S degree from Purdue, his M.S. degree from Louisiana State University in Entomology and his Ph.D from Louisiana State University in Entomology. He is a Professor at the University of Georgia college of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He managed the Pollinator Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) as National Director from 2008-2012. He is leading the University of Georgia effort against pollinator decline and has published dozens of papers on honey bees. He is one of the nation’s leading researchers and experts on honeybees and has received numerous honors and awards.




Friday April 13 -- Monthly meeting with Chef Supper/potluck, 6:30pm Leicester Knights of Columbus 


Directions to the Leicester Knights of Columbus

Indoor monthly meetings and many of the Special Events of the WCBA are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Manville Street, in Leicester, Massachusetts.

From Webster Square in Worcester: Follow Route 9 West into Leicester. Two miles from the town line turn right onto Manville Street, just after Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.
From the Spencer or Leicester area: Follow Route 9 East. Turn left onto Manville Street, just before Entwhistle’s Garage. Entrance to the Knights of Columbus is 1/2 mile up on your left.