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2018 NMBKA Annual Conference with Dr. Tom Seeley

February 2, 2018 - February 3, 2018


2018 New Mexico Beekeepers Association Annual Conference

Hive Mind: Decision- Making Secrets of Bees

February 2-3rd: Registration at the door begins Friday at 12:00 pm

Admission is $30 membership to the NM Beekeepers Association

Location is the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the New Mexico Beekeepers Association Annual Conference. Our speaker line up includes Tom Seeley, PhD, Professor Cornell U, Biologist, Author, Follower of Wild Bees; Joseph S. Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biology, Utah State, Photographer; Olivia Messinger Carril, PhD, Southern Illinois U, Author, Research Ecologist; Valerie Royal, Artist, Curator, Beekeeper; Wes Brittenham, Native and Adaptive Plant Specialist, Environmental Artist; Susan Kent Reed, Children’s Books Author, Retired Teacher, Urban Farmer; Robert Heyduck, MS, Agronomy, U of Nebraska, Medicinal Plant Specialist; and Ryan Hiles, NM Department of Agriculture, Invasive Pest Program Specialist.

Enjoy our fantastic door prizes. Visit vendors that specialize in bee goods, and do consider bringing a small sample of your honey for our tasting honey map of New Mexico. We have added time for socializing at the Meet, Greet and Refresh mixer Friday afternoon. Also, please stick around for the NM Beekeepers Association General Meeting on Saturday Afternoon to find out more about our Association and vote for the 2018 Board of Directors.

Friday, February 2, 2018

12:00-1:00 pm Registration

1:00-1:15 pm Welcome and Introductions

1:15-2:00 pm Robert Heyduck – “Oregano de la Sierra: Flavor, Beauty, Habitat Enhancement, and more”

2:00-2:45 pm Ryan Hiles – “New Mexico Department of Agriculture Apiary Updates”

2:45-3:15 pm BREAK

3:15-4:15 pm Dr. Tom Seeley – “The Honey Bees of the Arnot Forest: A Survivor Population of Wild European Honey Bee Colonies”

4:15 pm Meet, Greet, Refresh


Saturday, February 3, 2018

9:00 am Doors open

10:00-10:05 am Welcome and Introductions

            Session 1- Plants for Bees

10:05-10:20 am Susan Kent Reed – “Beatrice the Hip Hop Bee”

10:20-11:00 am Wes Brittenham – “Plants for Pollinators- Bees and Beyond”

11:00-11:45 am Dr. Tom Seeley – “The Bee Colony as a Honey Factory”

11:45-1:00 pm LUNCH

            Session 2- Native Pollinators- Art Meets Science

1:00-1:10 pm Introductions and Announcements

1:10-1:45 pm Valerie Roybal- “Cross Pollination of Ideas in Art and Science”

1:45-2:45 pm Dr. Joe Wilson and Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, “The Secret Life of Native Bees: Misconceptions, Natural History, and Making Choices as a Single Bee”

            Session 3- Hive Mind and Modern Technology

3:00-4:00 pm Dr. Tom Seeley – “The Bee Hive as an Information Center”

4:00 pm General Meeting and NMBKA Board Elections

NMBKA Annual Meeting 2018 Flyer

About Our Presenters

Wes Brittenham is an artist and a gardener. A photographer, painter and sculptor as well as an illustrator, his work is often made with recycled materials and references issues of environmental and social concern. He has shown his work in galleries and exhibitions around New Mexico. His landscape designs have been featured in local and national magazines. He has four decades of local experience focusing on native and adaptive plants that are useful for wildlife habitat, pollinators, water conservation, food and medicine. He has recently been writing about plants, gardens, and the relationships within, among other things, with an eye on future publication.

Olivia Carril has been studying bees for over 20 years in ecosystems around the world. She received her B.S. from Utah State University, as well as her M.Sc. For her Master’s, she conducted a long-term inventory of the bee fauna of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, exploring the relationships between bee diversity and habitat characteristics. She received her PhD from Southern Illinois University, Cabondale, where she focused on one bee genus, Diadasia, and its host flower, exploring the role of floral color and scent in attracting the bee. More recently, she co-authored The Bees in Your Backyard: A Field Guide to North America’s Bees. She is currently working on surveys of the bees of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, as well as two more books on bees with Joseph Wilson

Robert Heyduck received his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1995. He received his MS in Agronomy in 2003 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying plant breeding and genetics. Since 2004, he has worked as research assistant at New Mexico State University at Farmington, Mora, and Alcalde Agricultural Research Centers. He has worked with many new or alternative crops ranging from millet and amaranth to jujube and oregano, focusing on ways to enhance diversity in farming systems. His main interests are alternative crops, organic farming, medicinal plants, and landscape restoration and revegetation.

Ryan Hiles is the State Survey Coordinator and Invasive Pest Program Specialist for NMDA. He is responsible for the development and coordination of invasive pest surveys and pest eradication programs relevant to protection of New Mexico’s agricultural, nursery and forest industries.

Susan Kent Reed is a retired teacher, beekeeper, competitive dressage rider, and writer of books for children. She and her husband live on a small farm in the South Valley, with 7 horses, 2 dogs, 8 cats, 9 peafowl, about 20 guineas, one Coopers’ Hawk, and a hive full of bees.

Valerie Roybal is an artist, designer, and sometimes curator. She lives and works in Albuquerque and spends much time making art, enjoying nature, watching honey bees and identifying wild bees, and hunting for materials to recycle into art. She has shown her work in a number of exhibitions, and her work can be seen in the books Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage, and CUT and Paste, 21st Century Collage. She is recipient of a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Artist Grant. In 2017, she curated Cross Pollination, an exhibition emphasizing the importance of bees and other pollinators at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque.

Thomas D. Seeley, biologist and writer, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior, social life, and ecology of honeybees. His work includes the books Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), Honeybee Democracy (2010), and Following the Wild Bees (2016). In recognition of his scientific contributions, he has been honored by an Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Award, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—but he writes that his “most important prizes by far are the discoveries that I have made about the inner workings of honey bee colonies.”

Joseph Wilson grew up in Utah and was biologically inclined from birth; in fact at the age of 2 he declared to his parents that when he grew up he wanted to be a lion. While he didn’t quite make it to lionhood, his academic studies in biology at Utah State University provided the training to be the next best thing: an assistant professor of biology. His research focuses primarily on the evolution and ecology of bees and wasps. Why bees and wasps? Well, Joseph says that the lives of bees and wasps provide as much drama, mystery, humor, and intrigue as any prime time TV show, but without the commercials. As a way to share his fascination of bees, Joseph, along with a colleague, recently authored a book The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees. He has been invited to share his knowledge about bees on NPR, Canada Public Radio, and at speaking events across the country. Joseph loves that his research enables him, with his wife and 3 kids, to travel around the country collecting and photographing the beautiful bees and wasps that live all around us.




February 2, 2018
February 3, 2018
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South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway Blvd SE
Albuquerque, 87102 United States
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