2017 Spring Meeting - April 3

2017 EOBA Spring Meeting - new location

April 3, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Manotick Legion
5550 Ann Street, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A3


7:00 pm Craig McCaffrey Welcome, News & Announcements, Spring Roundup (How did you come throught the winter?)
7:20 pm Melanie Kempers, Technology Transfer Program – Spring Management
8:15 pm Break
8:30 pm Gard Otis, University of Guelph  - Honey Bee Swarming:  Its Biological Basis and How to Control 
9:30 pm Craig McCaffrey – Fellowship and door prizes

Honey Bee Swarming:  Its Biological Basis and How to Control it

Gard will review the natural swarming process of honey bees, then relate that to colony management and the control of swarming by beekeepers.

Gard's first research on honey bees was an in-depth study of the population biology of the Africanized honey bee in South America. To quantify population growth he had to determine birth rates of bee colonies - numbers of swarms produced over an entire year in tropical French Guiana. That required careful daily checks of colonies to record colony conditions. What resulted was a clear understanding of the swarming process from start to finish.  

Short Biography: Gard W. Otis

Dr. Gard Otis is a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph. While attending Duke University (Zoology, BSc, 1973), he “discovered” entomology and has dedicated his career to teaching and research about insects. He studies the ecology, behaviour, and evolution of insects, with an emphasis on honey bees, their pests, and butterflies. In graduate school (University of Kansas, PhD, 1980) he studied rain forest butterflies and Africanized honey bees in Central and South America.

Of his research, he is most proud of his thesis study of the swarming behaviour of honeybees; the breeding project he oversaw that greatly reduced the impact of the honeybee tracheal mite on bees in Ontario; and the rediscovery of the honey bee species, Apis nigrocincta, in Indonesia. He also has a strong interest in beekeeping development in Asia. In 2014, his efforts to improve the lives of rural Vietnamese farmers through beekeeping were recognized through an award from the Government of Vietnam.