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Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: Beekeeping Challenges

Whether you're already a beekeeper with an established colony or a novice who'd like to learn what to expect if you set up a hive, this workshop will teach you the signs and symptoms of common - and less common - challenges that beekeepers face: 

- A range of beekeeping challenges (pests, pathogens and predators) will be addressed with a focus on Integrated Pest Management. Monitoring techniques, recognizing signs and symptoms of problems, and conventional vs alternative treatment methods will be explored.

- Swarming is a natural reproductive strategy of the honey bee colony, but can be problematic at close quarters in the city. This workshop will cover monitoring techniques, what swarming behaviour is telling you about your bees, how to mitigate or prevent swarming and even how to benefit from this natural behaviour. 

- It happens: sometimes a hive/colony will fail, even when you give the bees your best. While a dead colony is heart-breaking, it can be seen as a learning opportunity. We will cover the most common causes of "dead-outs" and strategies to minimize or prevent their occurrence.

This is BEES 030, the third course in the new Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. It may be taken individually or as part of the certificate.

Course fee: $75 plus HST

When: Sunday April 29 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to to 3:00 p.m. 

Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (At the back of the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions

To Register: Call the Humber Arboretum at 416-675-5009 or email