‘How to Achieve Almost 100% Colony Survival’
by Keith Jardine
Keith started beekeeping in 1976 while living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, when a colony selected his yard as a suitable site to swarm to. Two years later he helped start the Eastern Cape Beekeeping Association which is still active today. Bees and colonies soon became part of his life. He specialized in the removal of feral African bees from residential homes and by the time he was sixteen he had seventeen colonies. Keith is an international beekeeper having worked with a commercial beekeeper in Greece for 2 years and having experienced “British Beekeeping” while living in London for 8 years. It’s a familial disease too because his brother keeps bees in Perth Australia.
After dealing with the defensive African bees, Keith finds it a pleasure to work with non-Africanized bees. He currently manages over 100 colonies, works full time, and is the current Vice President of the Chester County Beekeepers Association after many years serving as President. His main areas of interest are queen rearing, improving the genetic stock of local bees and helping others achieve success with their beekeeping.
Tonight he will discuss something every beekeepers desires “How to Achieve Almost 100% Colony Survival”
Additionally Justin Shiffler, of Hat Trick Honey, will discuss the use a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) thermal imaging camera to assist beekeepers performing cutouts and check on their colony winter clusters without disturbing the colony. He will also compare the FLIR to the SEEK thermal unit and possibly other beekeeping uses for IR imaging.
Come, bring your questions, and join us for this valuable presentation to kick start your 2020 beekeeping season. And don’t forget to renew your MCBA membership!!!