Meeting Minutes - Paul Kelly, Honey Bee Reasearch - March 2, 2017
Today’s meeting began at 9:55 am at Trinity United Church with Past-President, David Wallace filling in for President John Proctor who was on vacation as was Vice-President Ed Herold. There were 45 members present. David opened the meeting by welcoming our guest presenter, Paul Kelly and two new guests; Frank Aiello (attending his second meeting) and Larry Scott.
Chairman Wallace took a straw vote on a number of activities on behalf of the Activities Committee to determine the level of interest and noted the results for further consideration by the Committee.
An announcement was made to remind members of the upcoming Anniversary Luncheon to be held on April 13th with Ed Herold as presenter speaking on “Romance and Sex Tourism.”
Kerry Gennings introduced today’s presenter, Paul Kelly. Paul Kelly (BSc., University of Guelph) is the Research and Apiary Manager at the University of Guelph, Honey Bee Research Centre. He has managed the University of Guelph, Honey Bee Research Centre for the past twenty-eight years. His primary role at the centre is to manage 300 honeybee colonies for research and teaching purposes. He provides training for students and beekeepers, conducts facility tours for the general public and generally won't stop talking about bees.
Paul Kelly The Honey Bee Research Center is located in the arboretum woods on the north side of Stone Road between the UoG campus and Victoria St.
Honey bees play a key role in agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability by providing pollination services to crops and wild plants. Our mandate is to help honey bees continue this vital work.
At the Honey Bee Research Centre our team conducts apiculture research primarily focused on honey bee health. We also provide apiculture courses, beekeeping courses and many other educational experiences. Beekeeping hasn't changed much for 350 years. The Honey Bee Research Center produces 50,000 pounds of honey per year. Food services buys the honey produced and also beeswax used for lip balms, industrial lubricants, bee pellets etcetera. To purchase honey or bee products see the website at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/honey-forsale.shtml
The bees that are used have been developed from a strain of bee bred in Buckfast Abbey in Devon in Southwest England, thus the name Buckfast bees. This breed of bee proved best because it was determined to be resistant to tracheal mites, produced lots of honey and was easier to handle and less aggressive. Today the Buckfast breed of bee is kept pure by isolated breeding of drones and queens on two uninhabited and isolated islands in southern Lake Simcoe. Mating begins in May and continues until September.
At the Honey Bee Research Centre, we provide a number of educational experiences for both University of Guelph students and the general public. These include tours of our facility for groups of all ages, courses, workshops, online how-to videos and more! There are now 33 how-to courses on the website.
Bees are necessary for pollination; food fruits, berries, nuts, field crops are pollinated by bees while plants in the grain family are pollinated by wind.
There are multifactorial interactive causes of bee colony deaths. These are: Diseases – parasites, bacterial, fungal, viral; Malnutrition – monocultures, prevalent crops; Pesticides – neonicotinoids and others; Climate – drought, too much moisture and unseasonable weather.
There are more than 20,000 species of bees (more species than any other genus of animal).
Julian Sale thanked Paul Kelly and gave him a token of appreciation on behalf of the Club.
Coffee Club – Gary Luck - the Airpark Café is an on-going gathering on alternate Thursdays between Membership Meetings; - Next Thursday, March 9th we are also meeting at Star Berry Café in the Market Fresh Plaza at Norfolk and Paisley St.
Next Meeting is Thurs. March 16th with Linda Tripp on “Making our Tables Longer Not Our Fences Higher.” - This meeting will take place in the Church sanctuary.