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Virtual Beekeeping Lecture with Dr. Katie Lee

February 8, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Do healthy queens lead to healthy colonies?

A healthy queen is vital for a colony to thrive. The ability to predict the downfall of a queen can help a beekeeper make the management decision to replace a queen or leave her be. This talk covers what queen failure looks like, if colony signs like brood pattern can help beekeepers read the health of a queen, and the impact of queen age on the productiveness of a colony. Dr. Lee presented preliminary results from her research into queen and colony health in November 2021 and this lecture will have updated info and more field data from 2022.

Katie Lee is the Apiculture Extension Educator and co-coordinator for the Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) professional development program at the University of Minnesota. Katie received her master’s and doctorate in entomology from the University of Minnesota where she specialized in honey bees and focused on varroa mite and metrics that indicate queen and colony health. She also spent six years traveling the US assessing colonies of commercial beekeepers for the Bee Informed Partnership, and kept about 200 colonies for a research project looking at the benefits of pollinator planting on pollinators. She currently develops educational resources for beekeepers and does a bit of practical research. Katie is on the boards of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and the Bee Informed Partnership.

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This lecture is free but we welcome donations to help offset programming costs. Please note that this lecture will not be recorded.

Registration closes Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30pm CST.


February 8, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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