Welcome to the Back Yard Beekeepers Association

 Save the date for these upcoming events 

Bees & Brews – Bridgeport – Thursday, 5/16 –

Join us for a fun evening together with other beekeepers!  We’ll get together for a fun social evening with some  time to just relax and talk bees.

 

Brewport Enriches Lives with thin crust pizza, gourmet salad, and Connecticut style beers so amazingly great, that staff and guests keep coming back for more.

The Art of Comb Honey Production – Saturday, May 18th – Delve into the world of beekeeping and learn the centuries-old craft of producing exquisite comb honey. Comb honey, with its natural hexagonal cells brimming with sweet nectar, is not only a delight to the palate but also a work of art created by the bees themselves.

BYBA Bee Yard – Open Work Day –  Sunday, May 19th – Join us to help with the work of the Bee Yard.  Get hands on with the hives under the supervision of the Bee Yard crew.  This is not a lecture/workshop but is a great opportunity for some hands on experience and a way to get your questions answered + tips for any issues you may be experiencing.

New Bee Fundamentals/Special Topics – Tuesday, May 21st – Please join us on the third Tuesday for a timely discussion and answers to your questions! Beginning and veteran beekeepers are encouraged to attend, learn, and share your wisdom.  This is a monthly Q & A session held virtually.  Join us to ask your questions or just listen & learn!  All experience levels welcome to join us for both sessions.  
New Bee Fundamentals – 6:30 – 7:30 PM & Special Topics – 7:30 – 8:30 PM

May Regular Meeting – Tuesday, May 28th – Dr Juliana Rangel  – Nutritional Ecology of Honey Bees in a Changing Landscape In this talk, we will go from the basic building blocks of honey bee nutrition, to the types of forage that bees consume in urban landscapes, to our work on nutrient regulation by nurse and forager workers, which seem to be able to select the most suitable protein-to-lipid ratios in complimentary diets, highlighting the role of lipid regulation in nutrition.

Queen Rearing Series Cycle 2  –  Registration is limited.  Please register early to insure your spot.  Introductory class Tuesday June 4th.  Sessions for this cycle will be Wednesday 5th, Saturday June 8th, Wednesday June 12th, Saturday, June 15th, Wednesday, June 19th and Saturday, June 22nd.

About Us
The mission of BYBA is to provide our membership with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.

Welcome to the Back Yard Beekeepers Association. With over 400 members, our association has grown to become one of the Nation’s largest regional clubs for beekeeping hobbyists. Some of our members are just getting started as beekeepers, and some have enjoyed this hobby for years. All share an interest in the wonderful and remarkable world of the honey bee.

The purpose of the BYBA is to provide our membership with interesting and practical information about honey bees and the “how-to’s” of beekeeping. The club also provides the general public with educational programs about honey bees and the benefits of bees and beekeeping in our communities.
The BYBA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.

May Regular Meeting Tuesday, 5/28/24 @ 7:30 PM

Please feel free to join us at 7 to allow time to socialize with other club members.

Dr. Juliana Rangel

Nutritional Ecology of Honey Bees in a Changing Landscape

In this talk, we will go from the basic building blocks of honey bee nutrition, to the types of forage that bees consume in urban landscapes, to our work on nutrient regulation by nurse and forager workers, which seem to be able to select the most suitable protein-to-lipid ratios in complimentary diets, highlighting the role of lipid regulation in nutrition.

 Born in Colombia, South America, Juliana obtained a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution in 2004 from the University of California, San Diego. In 2010 she obtained a Ph. D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow from 2010 to 2013 at North Carolina State University. In January 2013, Juliana became Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX.  She was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 2018 and Professor in 2023. Her research program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that affect the reproductive quality of honey bees, the behavioral ecology and population genetics of feral honey bee colonies, and the quality and diversity of honey bee nutrition in a changing landscape. She is an active member of the Texas Beekeepers Association and has been invited to speak at dozens of scientific conferences and beekeeping association meetings across the USA and internationally. She teaches the courses Honey Bee Biology, Introduction to Beekeeping, and Professional Grant and Contract Writing. Since 2014 she has been the coach of TAMU’s undergraduate and graduate teams of the Entomology Games at the branch and national games of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), earning first and second place nationally four years in a row. She is the 2023-2024 President of ESA’s Southwestern Branch and is the past elected chair of the National ESA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She previously served as the elected chair of her department’s Faculty Advisory Committee and has been part of several committees at the departmental, college, and university levels. Most recently, she received the 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Southwestern Branch of the ESA. In 2021 she received the James I. Hambleton Memorial Award, which was established by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America to recognize research excellence in apiculture. She also received the 2020 John G. Thomas Award for Meritorious Service from the Texas Beekeepers Association for her contributions to the apiculture industry in the state. She received the 2019 Dean’s award for Excellence in Diversity and the 2016 Dean’s award for Excellence in Early Career Research from TAMU’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She also received the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring award from the Entomology Graduate Student Association. She was 2014 President and 2013 Vice-President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists. 

 

Our general membership meetings are held on the last Tuesday of most months at 7:30 PM at the Norfield Church in Weston, CT.
Please see our Calendar of Events for details.

64 Norfield Rd
Weston, CT 06883

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