We meet the second Tuesday of every month at The Shamrock House, 2388 NY-145, East Durham at 7:00 p.m. We have very enthusiastic and informative members who love to share their beekeeping adventures. You are always welcome. Stop in and say hello.


September Meeting

September 11, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Shamrock House, 2388 NY-145, East Durham, NY 12423

Darwinian Beekeeping
Our speaker this month is Dr. Thomas Seeley, Professor in Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He is the author of several books on honeybee behavior, including Honeybee Democracy (2010) and The Wisdom of the Hive (1995) and Following the Wild Bees (2016).

Thomas Seeley: Darwinian Beekeeping is an evolutionary approach to beekeeping, one that seeks to provide managed honey bee colonies with living conditions that are as close as possible to those of wild honey bee colonies. The goal is to harmonize our beekeeping methods with the natural history of Apis mellifera, and thus allow the bees to make full use of the toolkit of adaptations that they have evolved over the last 30 million years. I will review ways in which the living conditions of honey bees differ between wild and managed colonies. I will also show how we can pursue beekeeping in a way that is centered less on treating a bee colony as a honey factory.