Saturday October 1, 8:30am to 4pm

Place:  Leicester Knights of Columbus

Program:  All Day Conference

The Worcester County Beekeepers once again presents our big name speaker program. This fall’s focus is on top bar hives, the successful winterization of hives, working toward a treatment free approach in beekeeping and bumblebees and other pollinators and their role in our environment. By bringing in top bee scientists in these areas, we have a unique opportunity to listen to these experts and a chance to apply this knowledge to better our own beekeeping skills.

This program is FREE for WCBA members.  Non-members must pay $10 or join WCBA for $15 at the door.


Dr. Wyatt Mangum
Professor in the Mathematics department at University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Dr. Meghan Milbrath
Coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University
Dr. Robert J. Gegear
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute


AGENDA & Topics:

8:30–9:00 Free Coffee, Danish & Bee talk
9:00 WCBA President’s Welcome—Mary Duane
9:00–10:15 Dr. Wyatt Mangum
What’s Hot: Thermal Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: First I review
basic top-bar beekeeping. Then I show cutting edge bee management
using thermal cameras to determine a colony’s condition in a top-bar
hive. Commercial beekeepers have started using thermal cameras to
save time when inspecting many frame hives. I have articles published
on thermal cameras in the ABJ and BC.
10:15–11:15 Dr. Meghan Milbrath
Towards Treatment Free: ‘Treatment-free’ is a term that is all over
the beekeeping world. In this talk, we will discuss what it means
to be treatment free and how to responsibly develop management
plans for your apiary that will allow you to use fewer inputs.
11:15–12:15 Dr. Robert Gegear
Bumblebees and Native Pollinators Under Threat: Pollinators
are declining due to human-induced rapid environmental change.
These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply. While
there has been a major focus on conservation strategies aimed to
increase pollinators in agricultural areas, the ecological needs of 98%
of wild species are not considered because they do not play a major
role in crop pollination. Without these ‘keystone’ wild pollinator
species, we would lose most of our native flowering plants and the
animals that use them for food, shelter and nesting sites. Learn
what you can do to help preserve our native pollinator diversity.
12:15–1:15 Lunch (Register for lunch by Sept. 23, bring one or visit a local eatery)
1:15–2:15 Dr. Wyatt Mangum
How to Catch $100 Dollar Swarms with Bait Top-Bar Hives: A
three-pound package is well over $100 now, somewhere around $120.
In Spring 2015, I caught 17 big swarms or 30% bait hive occupancy.
That’s better than paying $2,040 ($120*17) for 17 packages.
2:15–3:15 Dr. Meghan Milbrath
Honeybees in Winter: It is stressful to be a bee in winter! We will
discuss what is going on in the colony during winter time, and ways
to maximize your colonies chances of emerging strong in spring.
3:15 Closing and 50/50 Raffle


Saturday November 5, Thanksgiving Banquet

Saturday December 3, Holiday Party

Friday January 13, Chef Supper

Friday February 10, Chef Supper

Directions to the Leicester Knights of Columbus

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.