WBKA Events

May
19
Wed
2021
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!

May
20
Thu
2021
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.

Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Monthly Members’ Meeting: Pollen and Bees @ Virtual Event
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Pollen and Bees

by Professor William Kirk

This the Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham branch’s monthly meeting and, as COVID-19 restrictions persist, will beheld online via Zoom.

This month’s talk will be on Pollen and Bees, delivered by Professor William Kirk.

Information and details for the Zoom Meeting will shown on our website,  approximately 3 days prior to the talk.

Jun
17
Thu
2021
Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Monthly Members’ Meeting: Communication in Bees @ Virtual Event
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Communication in Bees

by Margaret Murdin

This the Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham branch’s monthly meeting and, as COVID-19 restrictions persist, will beheld online via Zoom.

This month’s talk will be on Communication in Bees, delivered by Margaret Murdin.

Information and details for the Zoom Meeting will shown on our website,  approximately 3 days prior to the talk.

Sep
16
Thu
2021
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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