- Apiculture Stewardship with Melanie M. Kirby, MSc. (Tortugas Pueblo/Mestiza)Link visible for attendees
Apiculture Stewardship: Developing industry and community programs that nurtures bees, supports their keepers, integrates cultural approaches, and regenerates landscapes.
This presentation will share a few efforts across diverse cultures and communities working to support whole-system and climate adaptive methods for supporting healthy bee breeding & pollinator stewardship.
Melanie M. Kirby, MSc.
(She/Her**,** Tortugas Pueblo/Mestiza)
Institute of American Indian Arts
For the past three decades, bees have guided Melanie around the globe- from jungles to rain forests, to deserts, woods, mountains, coasts, and diverse terrains in between. In 2005, she co-founded Zia Queenbees in the southern Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico which specializes in breeding adaptive and resilient bees focusing on the umbrella trait of longevity for selection. More recently, she completed a Masters in Entomology from Washington State University with the goal of helping to quantify stewards’ observations and to help build the bridge between the field and academia. Melanie describes herself as an interdisciplinarian who weaves multifaceted aspects of apiculture with agroecology and creative communication. She participates in several local to global beekeeping and farming organizations and is a National Geographic Explorer. Melanie is also the , founder of the Adaptive Bee Breeders Alliance- a coast to coast bee breeder and researcher collective and also The Flower Path- Poeh Povi, an Indigenous Matriarch pollinator and habitat regeneration initiative. Melanie also serves as the Extension Educator at the Institute of American Indian Arts where she pairs Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge with western sustainable agriculture science.
- HoneyLove Book ClubLink visible for attendees
Honeylove is starting a bookclub and we’d love to have you join us.
All year long we’ll be reading non-fiction Bee Books on a variety of topics
to educate, inspire and support beekeepers and the bees they love.
This month we are reading
“The Mind of a Bee“ By Lars Chittka
We‘ll gather to discuss what we‘ve read on March 19 at 7pm
Most of us are aware of the hive mind―the power of bees as an amazing collective. But do we know how uniquely intelligent bees are as individuals? In The Mind of a Bee, Lars Chittka draws from decades of research, including his own pioneering work, to argue that bees have remarkable cognitive abilities. He shows that they are profoundly smart, have distinct personalities, can recognize flowers and human faces, exhibit basic emotions, count, use simple tools, solve problems, and learn by observing others. They may even possess consciousness.
- March Symposium: A Q&A w/ Sarah Red-Laird of the Bee Girl OrganizationLink visible for attendees
A Q&A with Sarah Red-Laird, Founder and Co-Director of BGO (the Bee Girl Organization), a grassroots nonprofit centered on bee habitat conservation through research, regeneration, art, & education.
Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Program Director of the Bee Girl organization (BGO), a grassroots nonprofit centered on bee habit conservation through research, regeneration, art, & education. Her work currently has her chasing bees from the Coast Mountains of Oregon, though the Great Basin, to Montana’s Paradise Valley, and into the Great Plains. She is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation and the Davidson Honors College with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. To see her commitment to good policy and education realized, she has formerly served as the director of the American Beekeeping Federation’s “Kids and Bees” program, as president of the Northwest Farmers Union and Western Apicultural Society, and as a board member of the National Farmers Union. When she is not working alongside bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, ranchers, vineyard managers, and policy makers, Sarah spends her free time as a connoisseur of books, cappuccinos, running trails, and food and wine local to wherever she finds herself. To see her latest projects updates, visit Instagram and Facebook @sarahbeegirl or www.beegirl.org.
They envision a future where kids frolic in pastures of flowers, buzzing with bees, alongside happy, healthy, ecological farmers and ranchers.
Their goals are to regenerate bee, soil, and human communities through research and art projects and education programs.
They are working on conservation, research, education, and conceptual art projects from the Coast Mountains of Oregon, through the Great Basin, to Montana’s Paradise Valley, and into the Great Plains. Though their roots are in beekeeping, their current work has also led them into regenerative agriculture, native bee conservation, and wildlife coexistence.
They work shoulder-to-shoulder with ranchers, farmers, vineyard managers and wine makers, universities, government entities, policy makers, and partner nonprofits to understand and address issues in agriculture that affect bees, and to create collaborative win-win solutions for bees and producers.