Saturday, May 9, 2015

UC Davis Bee Symposium

We went to a full day packed event at the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute. They hosted its inaugural Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy.

We were in the company of over 350 interested beekeepers, gardeners, scientists and students. Marla Spivak, the distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota and winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant, delivered the keynote address.

Additional speakers included members of the Department of Entomology and Nematology: Brian Johnson, Elina Nino and Neal Williams and Amy Toth, Iowa State University and Nigel Raine, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Bee statue seen at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

The day long event concluded with a bus trip to the UC Davis Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. We had lots of food/snack wine and a tour of the facility - lots of various plants that support honeybees and their pollination.

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