HoneyFest 2016 Announce Guest Speakers

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August 31, 2016 by KathyMay

The Philadelphia Honey Festival is pleased to announce its speaker line-up for 2016:

Kirk Wattles, local beekeeper and

Dr. Deborah Delaney, Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Delaware.



Kirk Wattles will present: “Bees, Trees, and Other Species” at Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm (6026 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19144) on Saturday, September 10th at 1:00pm.   Festival attendees can learn where to find advice on planting the best pollinator forest, garden, orchard, etc. and how to obtain appropriate plants at low cost or even FREE!

Kirk grew up in Philadelphia, returned thirty years ago and settled in West Philadelphia with his family. A long-time gardener and student of natural history, Kirk took up beekeeping six years ago and currently has six to eight colonies of bees.  Recently he and other members of the Guild have been investigating what Philadelphians can do to boost bee forage and improve the natural habitat for bees and related species who live in our city.

Dr. Deborah Delaney will present: “Colony Collapse Disorder, What We Know Ten Years Later” at Bartram’s Garden (54th Street & Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia 19143) on Sunday, September 11th at 1:00pm. Beekeepers—and anyone interested in honeybees–can learn what the state-of-the-honeybee is today and what science has discovered about this devastating condition.

Deborah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Oregon State University, where she was introduced to the science of apiculture. She worked for the Forest Service and the State of Oregon for two years as an insect identification expert and maintained 100 colonies in her home apiary called “What’s the Buzz.”  Fascinated by the natural world around us, she obtained her Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Environmental Science and her doctorate in Entomology from Washington State University. She then spent two years in North Carolina as a post-doctoral researcher. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor of Apiculture at the University of Delaware.

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