Programs on Honey Bees, Native Bees, and Beekeeping


10 Tips for Attracting Pollinators

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1-1.25 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If necessary, I can adapt the program to fit in a 45 minute time period, but that will eliminate most of our question and discussion time. (This topic tends to generate lots of questions.) Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Pollinator gardens have grown in popularity in recent years. In this program, we’ll discuss tips for attracting pollinators to your garden and why it is important to keep these things in mind.

10 Ways to Help Save the Bees – Without Being a Beekeeper

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. I prefer to have 1-1.5 hours, including time for questions to do this program. If necessary, I can adapt the program to fit in a 45 minute time period, but that will eliminate most of our question and discussion time. (This topic tends to generate lots of questions.) Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Interest in bees and ways to help them has grown tremendously in recent years. The honey bee has served as the poster child for this movement and people often think that becoming a beekeeper is the best way to “help the bees.” However, there are many ways each of us can help save the bees without becoming a beekeeper. In this program, we’ll discuss 10 relatively easy things anyone can do to help the bees.

Beekeeping 101: An Overview for Non-beekeepers

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. The program is approximately 45 minutes long, including questions. You may want to consider pairing it with Honey Bees 101: An Overview for Non-beekeepers.

Description: Honey bees and beekeeping are extremely popular right now. This program will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a backyard beekeeper including the care and maintenance of honey bee colonies throughout the year and some of the products that can be harvested from honey bees.

Botany for Beekeepers

Notes: This program was developed for beekeepers, but a more general audience may also be interested in the topic. The program is approximately 45 minutes long, including questions. This program focuses on bigger-picture topics that will help you make an educated guess about whether honey bees are likely to use a given flower, even if you don’t know what that plant is. It does not provide a detailed list of plants that honey bees use or ones that you might want to consider planting for honey bees. If you are looking for a presentation that covers those topics, then you might want to consider Plants Honey Bees Use or Planting for Honey Bees.

Description: When it comes to honey bees, not all flowers are created equal. Learn why honey bees use some flowers and not others, why how much a honey bee uses a plant can vary across the plant’s range, and other basic botany related to honey bees. Instead of providing you with a list of specific plants that honey bees use, this presentation will help you make an educated guess as to whether honey bees might use any given flower, even if you don’t know what kind of plant it is.

Creating Space for Native Bees

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience; however, beekeepers also enjoy it. In order to do this topic justice, I prefer to have 1 – 1.25 hours for this program, plus time for questions. (Due to the popularity of bees, this topic tends to generate lots of questions. For example, one of my virtual presentations of this program ended up generating an hour and a half of questions and discussions after I finished my program.) If you want a similar, but shorter program, please consider my program Native Bee Diversity. If you wanted to do a 2-part session, with the first part being my Native Bee Diversity program and the second part being a 45-minute version of Creating Space for Native Bees, then that would also be doable. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: There are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., all with diverse and fascinating life histories. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Unlike honey bees which live in huge colonies that can have 30,000 – 60,000 individuals, our native bees are either solitary or live in small colonies of only a few hundred individuals. This makes them ideal for people who want to “help the bees” or increase pollination on their property, but aren’t interested in becoming a beekeeper. We’ll discuss multiple ways that you can encourage native bees and create a bee-friendly space around your home or landscape.

Honey Bee Biology

Notes: This program was developed for beekeepers, but a more general audience may also be interested in the topic. The program is approximately 45 minutes long, including questions.

Description: Learn about some of the important basic biology related to honey bees. Topics covered will include bee anatomy, the life cycle of a honey bee, types of bees in a hive, honey bee behavior, and the role of the colony as a superorganism.

Honey Bees 101: An Overview for Non-beekeepers

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience. The program is approximately 45 minutes long, including questions. You may want to consider pairing it with Beekeeping 101: An Overview for Non-beekeepers.

Description: Honey bees and beekeeping are extremely popular right now. In this program we’ll talk about honey bees, their biology, and their importance as pollinators. We’ll also discuss some of the threats to honey bees and what we can do to help.

Honey Bees, Native Bees, and Creating a Bee-Friendly Landscape

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience; however, beekeepers also enjoy it. In some cases, local beekeeping and master gardening groups have had a joint meeting for me to present this program to both groups. This program is one that often gets lots of questions. In order to allow plenty of time for questions and conversations, I prefer to have 1.25 – 1.5 hours for this program. I can do it in an hour if necessary, but that leaves no time for questions. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Bees are fascinating and widely diverse creatures with many different behaviors and life histories. Our most widely recognized bee, the honey bee, is native to Europe. However, there are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., most of which are not nearly as familiar as the honey bee, nor as well studied. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Join us to learn about honey bees, some of our local native bees, and ways that you can encourage bee populations on your property by creating a bee-friendly landscape.

Native Bee Diversity

Notes: This program was developed for a general audience; however, beekeepers also enjoy it. This program is approximately 45 minutes long, including time for questions. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: There are over 4,000 species of bees native to the U.S., most of which are not nearly as familiar as the honey bee, nor as well studied. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture. Join us as we learn about some of the bees native to this region and their fascinating life histories.

Nectar Flows: What are they and when do they occur?

Notes: This program was developed for beekeepers. It typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. Please discuss with me how much time will be available when scheduling this program.

Description: Nectar production can vary greatly from one location to the next or even one year to the next within the same location. We’ll begin by discussing the many different factors that can influence nectar production. Then we’ll discuss the different types of nectar flows, when the nectar flows typically occur in this region, and how you can tell whether a nectar flow is happening in your area.

Planting for Honey Bees

Notes: This presentation has multiple variations. One variation is for beekeepers and a second variation is for gardeners or others who want to plant specifically for honey bees. The beekeeper variation can be tailored towards people who want to plant a “typical” yard or towards people who have a few acres to plant for honey bees. This talk usually takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. When scheduling this program, please discuss with me which variation you are interested in having presented and how much time will be available.

Description: The specific plants honey bees use and how much they use those plants can vary greatly depending on location and what else is blooming at the same time. We will begin by covering some basic concepts to consider when planting for honey bees and how to apply those concepts to your own property. We will end by discussing some of the plants that I might choose to plant and why I might consider those plants.

Planting for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Notes: This presentation was developed for a general audience. It typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. When scheduling this program, please discuss with me how much time will be available.

Description: Different types of pollinators have different habitat requirements, and not all plants attract all pollinators equally. We will discuss the many different types of pollinators that you can attract to your gardens and some of the things to keep in mind when planting for pollinators, especially bees and butterflies. We will also discuss some native plants that you might want to consider planting for pollinators.

Plants Honey Bees Use

Notes: Both beekeepers and non-beekeepers who are interested in knowing what plants honey bees use may be interested in this presentation. This talk typically takes between 45 minutes and 1.25 hours depending on the number of questions asked and how in-depth those questions are. When scheduling this program, please discuss with me how much time will be available.

Description: This presentation is based off my book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. We will begin with a brief overview of honey bee foraging behavior before discussing some of the factors that affect how much honey bees use certain flowers. We will end by discussing some of the important minor honey plants in this region.

To be or not to be a Beekeeper

Notes: This class was developed for people thinking about becoming a beekeeper. It includes a lot of show-and-tell, so is best for group sizes of 10-15 or smaller. Because of the conversational nature of the class, it typically takes 1.5-2 hours, including questions and conversations.

Description: With the growing interest in bees and various social media campaigns encouraging people to “save the bees,” the number of people who become beekeepers each year is rising. However, beekeeping is not easy, nor is it cheap. Many first-time beekeepers become frustrated, overwhelmed, and don’t make it through their first year. This class is designed to help you decide whether beekeeping is really for you and will help set you up for success if you decide to pursue beekeeping. We will discuss challenges and rewards associated with beekeeping, as well as, alternatives that may be a better fit for your personal needs and goals. We will also discuss basic beekeeping-related information such as important beekeeping terms, different types of equipment, and valuable resources that will help you be successful on your beekeeping journey.