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Bee Prepared Conference 2019

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:  Joliet Junior College, Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center
17840 W Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433

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Contact: WillBees
Email: info@willbees.org

Bee Prepared: Sustainable Beekeeping

The Bee Prepared all day conference will once again be presented by the Will County Beekeepers Association. A full day of workshops will be offered for all levels of experience. Beginning Beekeeping track will be presented for anyone who wants to get started keeping bees or is just curious what it’s all about. If you are interested in getting started with honey bees or know someone who is, this is your chance to find out how to get started. Topics for experienced beekeepers include honey bee anatomy, swarm control, management for increased honey production, assembling hives, reading the frames, rendering wax from the hive, mead making, bees wax use in art, and many more.


$65 early bird preregistration rate until March 1, lunch included
$75 preregistration from March 2 – March 22, lunch included
$85 at the door, no lunch included
Online registration closes March 22 at 7:00 pm CT.
Registrations accepted at the door; on event day: cash, check, credit card.
*Schedule subject to change without notice.


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Download the full day's program (386K PDF)


Key Note Speakers:

Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. She studied biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received degrees in public health from Tulane University and the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental health sciences and disease transmission risk. Meghan worked as a postdoctoral research associate under Zachary Huang at Michigan State University, studying nosema disease, and is currently an academic specialist at MSU, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative. Meghan is active in multiple beekeeping organizations, writes for multiple beekeeping journals, and speaks about bees all over the country. She currently runs the Northern Bee Network, a directory and resource site dedicated to supporting queen producers, and she is passionate about keeping and promoting healthy bees.

David Burns began beekeeping after hiving a swarm from a fallen tree. After moving those hives from Ohio to Illinois, the hives were lost due to mites, and the yard had to be started all over again. In the beginning the Burns family just sold honey, but as time went on and the yard became bigger, the Burns family began building their own hives and selling them to other beekeepers. Knowing that the success of beekeepers was all dependent upon education, David began blogging and uploading videos to YouTube. In order to make sure beekeepers had the best and latest of scientific information on bees and beekeeping, David took several years to become a Certified Master Beekeeper. A graduate of Lincoln Christian University, and now a Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society since 2010, workshops on beekeeping are taught all year at the Training Center in Fairmount, IL. He also has a mentorship program, talks throughout the country at beekeeping association meetings, and heard frequently on radio shows and podcasts. He is also a competitive sportsman and competes throughout the US.

Other speakers include Jim Lindau (beginner track), Matt Laforge (assembling hives and honey production), Anna Stange (beeswax food wraps), Jolanta Soares (bees wax in art), Darien Kruss (making mead, a honey wine), Andrew Connor (hive players – reading frames), Marcin Matelski (a season of beekeeping), Mike Connor (trees and bees), and more!


Panel Discussion:

Tried and True Methods to Sustain Bees throughout the Year


Vendors Available All Day:

Beekeeping Supplies, T-shirts, Beekeeping Books, Products of the Hive, Beeswax Artwork, and much more!

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