WBKA Events

Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees

by Courtney MacInnis

This is a virtual event

Courtney MacInnis

Courtney MacInnis is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  She completed a MSc in Ecology at the University of Alberta in 2017 under the supervision of Drs. Steve Pernal and Andrew Keddie, where she evaluated the viability and infectivity of Nosema ceranae spores in substrates commonly associated with honey bee colonies.  As a PhD student co-supervised by Drs. Steve Pernal and Lien Luong, she is investigating the effects of two emerging parasites, N. ceranae and Lotmaria passim, on honey bee physiology and behaviour.  Courtney is excited about all honey bee parasites and pathogens … except for those with eight legs!

Sweet treats: Emerging parasites of honey bees

Ready for PER tests

Honey bee health decline is often linked to a number of factors, including the presence of a variety of parasites and pathogens.  In this presentation, I will provide recently updated information on the basic biology of two digestive tract parasites of adult honey bees: the microsporidian parasite Nosema ceranae, and the recently characterized trypanosomatid Lotmaria passim.  The presentation will also include findings from my ongoing research project regarding the effects of these two parasites on honey bee behaviour and physiology!

World Bee Day: Bee Engaged – Build Back better for Bees with FAO
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

World Bee Day – Bee Engaged

by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

This is a virtual event

This year, World Bee Day will fall during an exceptional moment in history, where many countries continue to deal with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the occasion of the fourth observance of this International Day, FAO is organizing a virtual event on 20 May 2021 under the theme “Bee engaged – Build Back Better for Bees”.

The event will call for global cooperation and solidarity to counter the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to food security and agricultural livelihoods alongside prioritizing environmental regeneration and pollinator protection. It will be an occasion to raise awareness of how everyone can make a difference to support, restore and enhance the role of pollinators.

Now is a time to re-think how we relate to nature and pollinators and what actions we can take to support these tiny hard workers and the millions of livelihoods they, in turn, support.

National Hedgerow Week
May 29 – Jun 6 all-day

First ever National Hedgerow Week

The past year has highlighted to many of us just how essential our local green spaces are, and hedgerows are an oft-overlooked natural treasure. They are wonderful wildlife habitats, provide uplifting greenery and can even help tackle climate change. But to thrive, they need our care and attention.

Join this nationwide celebration and get access to resources, inspiration and activities that we can all do to close the gaps in our urban and rural hedgerows. Save the date and stay tuned to find out how to get involved! The Close the Gap hedgerow programme is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Close the Gap Programme

Close the Gap is a new programme focused on achieving bigger, healthier, better-connected hedgerows through planting and ‘gapping up’, gathering and sharing knowledge to improve hedgerow management, improving supplies of future hedgerow trees through local seed nurseries and by engaging the public with our important hedgerow heritage.

The project partners include The Tree Council, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, Moor Trees, University of Reading, Future Gardeners (Worshipful Company of Gardeners) and Hedgelink. This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

For more information on the Close the Gap programme and National Hedgerow Week, contact claire.mccaffery-clarke@treecouncil.org.uk.

The Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae – a talk by Mike Edwards
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees

by Courtney MacInnis

Registration for this event will open in July

The Ivy Bee

Mike Edwards will talk about the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae

Further information to follow….

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