Beekeepers Abuzz About Conference

Kirsten Traynor, a Humbolt Scholar and Fulbright Fellow who studied bees in Europe, will be the guest speaker.

SCIO — Kirsten Traynor, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker at the Harrison County Beekeepers’ Seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Scio United Methodist Church, 117 Maple Ave.

Traynor will cover the following topics: The Healthy Hive; Easy Queen Introduction; Winter Preparation; Halting the Unstoppable Swarm; and Varroa Biology, Management and Control. The day will conclude with a demonstration and comparison of varroa monitoring techniques in the apiary.

Traynor received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-07, annually awarded to 10 American leaders in their field. She drove more than 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting her findings through 50-plus published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time. she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book, “Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.”

Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Traynor earned a doctorate in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France, in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post-doctoral student at the University of Maryland. From 2015-17 she edited Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. She is currently the editor of American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers.

In addition to “Two Million Blossoms,” she is author of “Simple Smart Beekeeping.”

Traynor is an avid beekeeper, operating Flickerwood Apiary in Maryland, a boutique honey bee operation that specializes in producing high-quality nucleus colonies, locally adapted queens and gourmet honey.

Beekeeepers and anyone interested in learning more about keeping honey bees are invited to attend. Registration is requested for this event, and space is limited.

Registration fee includes lunch. To register, call Mary Hooker at 740-945-0189.

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