JULY 21, 2018

Speakers: Diana Cox-Foster, Emma Mullen & Scott McArt


WALK-IN registration is welcome, however no lunch will be available for walk-in's

Each person must register, to register more then 1 person at a time, add the first person to the cart, wait 5 seconds, then you can add another person to the cart.
Repeat as needed.

Come join us at the 2018 ESHPA Summer Picnic at the famous Cornell Dyce Labs!  We’re going to do some hands-in-the-hive learning, play some beekeeping games, win door prizes, enjoy a good lunch and listen to the latest from Cornell bee researchers.

Picnic Date: July 21, 2018

Location: Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Research, 209 Freese Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Cost: $35 – Does include catered lunch (until the 7/16/18 registration deadline, then no lunch ).  $35 Walk-in meeting-only registration also available.

Our special program includes a chance to learn from expert beekeepers (veils are required for everyone approaching live hives.) Planned breakout sessions include:

  • “Evaluating your Brood; Production, nutrition and health."

  • "Signs of good queen health."

  • “Splitting your Nuc and its Care."

  • “Swarming"

  • “Biology of the Varroa Mite"


8:30am - Registration Opens

9:30am - Speaker Diane Cox-Foster - USDA Pollinating Insect-Biology management systematic research leader.

Topic - "An Update on research of inert pesticide adjutant's"

10:30am - Speaker Emma Mullen - Cornell University Associate Cornell Pollinator Network.

Topic - "NYS Beekeeper tech team update"

11:00am - Speaker Scott McArt - Cornell University Assistant professor of Pollinator Health.

Topic - "Update on Cornell Research and discussion of Beekeeping Registry."

12:00pm - Catered lunch.

1:00pm - ESHPA Business Meeting

2:00pm – 4:00 pm   Breakout Sessions

  1. Signs of good queen health
  2. Splitting your Nuc and its care.
  3. Swarming
  4. Biology of the Varroa Mite.
  5. Evaluating your Brood; Production, Nutrition & Health.

4:00pm - Adjorn


Scott McArt is an assistant professor of pollinator health at the Cornell Department of Entomology. Before starting at Cornell in 2014, he completed his Masters at the University of Alaska, PhD at Cornell and a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Major current research projects include: 1) Assessing pesticide risk to bees across different landscape and agricultural contexts, 2) Evaluating the relative importance of pesticides, pathogens and other factors on colony performance, and 3) Understanding pathogen transmission in complex plant-pollinator networks. Current extension efforts include the NYS beekeeper tech team, training veterinarians on honey bee diseases as part of the new Veterinary Feed Directive and advising growers on pest control practices that minimize risk to bees.

Emma comes to us from Ontario, Canada, where she completed her Master’s degree in honey bee behavioral genetics at Western University and served as the campus beekeeper. She then worked at the University of Guelph, reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture on the status and trends of bee health in Ontario. 

The ESHPA summer board meeting will be held at Dyce Labs the night before (July 20, 2018) at 4 pm followed by networking at a local micro-brewery.   All members are welcome to come to the board meeting and join the board for dinner afterward.