Since bees are fast becoming an endangered species, “Keeping Our Bees Alive” takes on added importance for the North Escambia Beekeepers Association’s Annual Honey Bee Workshop. Aimed at helping prospective and experienced beekeepers succeed, the event will be held Saturday, February 25, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Molino Community Complex, 6450 Highway 95-A North, Molino.
Considered to be one of the most successful beekeepers in this region, Shelby Johnson, life member of Escarosa Beekeepers Association, will explain the necessity of annual requeening and how to prevent swarming. Most beekeepers are losing their bee colonies while Johnson continues to maintain his hives in good health.
Johnson produces nucleus colonies for new beekeepers as well as to replace those which others have lost. He will discuss skills to keep bees alive, while enjoying ever-increasing honey production.
Other featured speakers are Dr. Jamie Ellis, Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida, who will address what is killing bees, controlling honey bee pathogens, and nutrition; and Andrew Finch, Florida State Apiary Inspector, will discuss Varroa mite and SHB control.
Last year, more than 165 attended, so registration is required.
Lunch and door prizes are included in the $25 admission. PayPal accepted at www.northescambiabees.com or call Danny Woods at 850-777-4129.