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Bee Prepared Conference 2020

Date: March 14, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Contact: WillBees
Email: info@willbees.org


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Joliet Junior College has closed their campus, so Bee Prepared Conference has been CANCELED. Discussions are in place regarding refunds.

More details will be posted here and emailed as they become available.


Bee Prepared: Sustainable Beekeeping

The Will County Beekeepers Association will once again present this one-day conference. A full day of speakers and workshops will be offered for all levels of experience. A Beginner Beekeeping track will be available for those interested or just getting started in beekeeping, along with workshops on a variety of other beekeeping topics geared towards those who have been keeping bees for a short time or many years!

Keynote Speakers:

Alison McAfee completed her Ph.D. in Genome Science and Technology at the University of British Columbia, where she studied molecular mechanisms of hygienic behavior. Now, she is studying queen quality and reproductive health as a postdoctoral fellow at North Carolina State University. Alison writes a monthly column, Science Insider, for American Bee Journal and her own research has been reported in New Scientist and Scientific American. She also enjoys steep hikes up snowy mountains, catching huge, ugly fish, and breaking speed limits on her bicycle.

Zachary Lamas is a PhD student at the University of Maryland where he studies both varroa feeding behavior and how pesticide exposures affect honey bee queens. Zac ran a migratory queen rearing company for years between NC and upstate NY. He is the owner of RockStar Queens, and continues to sell nucs and queens while in school. He is the recent recipient of the PAm-Costco Fellowship.

Other speakers include Jim Lindau (beginner track), Sarah Alvestad (Tips for Selling What You Harvest from the Hive), Marcin Matelski (Reading the Frames), Mike Connor (Creating and Enhancing Honeybee Habitat), Dr. Frank Yurasek (Using Bee Venom Therapy), Dave Meyer (Inspecting and Treating Hives for Mites, Diseases and Pests), Jerry Gordon (Managing Colonies for Better Honey Production), Angelica Carmen & Marge Trocki (Beekeeping Partnerships with Sustainable Organizations), and more!


Panel Discussion:

Vendors Available All Day:

Beekeeping supplies, T-shirts, Beekeeping books, Products of the hive, Trees & Shrubs, and much more!


$70 early bird preregistration rate until February 19, lunch included
$80 preregistration from February 20 – March 7, lunch included
$90 registration March 8 to day of conference, no lunch included
Military $20 discount, register at a WillBees meeting with your military ID
Online registration closes March 13 at 7:00 pm CT.
Registrations accepted at the door; on event day: cash, check, credit card.
*Schedule subject to change without notice.

Download the program (682K PDF, 1/30/20)




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Meetings are generally 6:30pm-9pm
Will County Farm Bureau
100 Manhattan Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
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