Our September meeting will take place 7-9 pm on September 27.
This meeting will be held in person at Bristol Community College. Building G Atrium
William Hesbach, EAS Master Beekeeper, will present on Winter Management, Using Insulation & Ventilation in Temperate Climates.
The talk starts with how bees control the internal hive temperature using thermoregulation and what effect that has on the colony. He will also discuss convection flows inside the hive as a precursor to understanding ventilation. He will introduce the concept of condensing colony versus the more common practice of adding ventilation. When finished, you will better understand what role ventilation plays in a natural hive environment, where bees control all hive gases. Bill’s talk is very thought provoking and may have you rethink how you have been managing your colonies through the winter.
(Bill Hesbach bio:)
Bill is a Connecticut native with a background in engineering. He's an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper, a graduate of the University of Montana's master beekeeping program, and the Connecticut Beekeepers Association president. Bill also operates a sideline bee business called Wing Dance Apiary in Cheshire, CT., that produces a crop of artisanal raw honey and other natural hive products. Bill teaches bee biology and various beekeeping methods at meetings hosted by regional beekeeping clubs.
Bill is an active member of the Eastern Apicultural Society, where he is part of the Master Beekeeper Certification program. Bill is a regular guest speaker at national beekeeping seminars and was presented the Distinguished Speaker Award at the 2019 EAS conference. His special interests in beekeeping include bee biology and flight and the connection between local flora and bee behavior. He's a published author, and his articles on beekeeping appear in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, and The American Bee Journal.