Supporting your colonies' ability to thrive and achieving your desired outcomes requires a systematic approach and the application of practical techniques and knowledge. In this course you will learn how to predict what to expect in your colony season by season. You'll gain confidence in your ability to analyze different situations and make informed management decisions based on the scientific principles you learn here. Apply the hands-on techniques used by experienced, expert beekeepers, honey bee biologists, and the Cornell University Honey Bee Extension team to keep your colonies healthy and to produce your desired outcomes year after year.This is the second in a series of courses that equip beekeepers at the hobby, sideliner, and commercial level with the concepts, knowledge, and best management practices needed to pass the written, oral and field components of Cornell University's Master Beekeeper Certification.
Students enrolled in this course will learn
Identify seasonal needs and management practices to support honey bee health
Understand how to conduct an effective hive inspection
Identify how to meet your colonies' nutritional needs
Explore swarming: preventing, catching, and baiting
Identify robbing and learn how to intervene
Identify when you want to requeen your colony
Manage colony growth: when and how to split and merge colonies
Understand how to breed bees and rear queens for the traits you desire
- Explore how to keep records to learn more about your colonies
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
This course is perfect for beekeepers with at least three years of experience who are seeking advanced depth and breadth of knowledge to increase the success of their colonies, improve their skills in the bee yard, and gain credibility as a resource in the beekeeping community. Beekeepers who are interested in expanding their operation and extending their business opportunities will also benefit from this course.
A Master Beekeeper should have the ability to analyze a situation and make informed management decisions based on scientific principles, rather than needing to follow an exact recipe or procedure. We will provide you with the knowledge and tools to make evidence-based decisions in your own bee yard.