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UC Davis Bee Classes Are 'The Bees' Knees'

A student in the UC Davis class,

If you want to bee-come a beekeeper, bee scientists at the University of California at Davis will oblige. Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC...

A student in the UC Davis class,
A student in the UC Davis class, "Planning Ahead for Your First Hive," holds a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A student in the UC Davis class, "Planning Ahead for Your First Hive," holds a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a frame. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive as the students gather around. (Photo by Kathy Katley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive as the students gather around. (Photo by Kathy Katley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño opens a hive as the students gather around. (Photo by Kathy Katley Garvey)

Participants in the UC Davis class,
Participants in the UC Davis class, "Planning for Your First Hive," learn about the top bar hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Participants in the UC Davis class, "Planning for Your First Hive," learn about the top bar hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis research assistant Bernardo Niño examines a frame. He is the educational supervisor for the California Master Beekeeper Program, which conducts bee classes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis research assistant Bernardo Niño examines a frame. He is the educational supervisor for the California Master Beekeeper Program, which conducts bee classes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis research assistant Bernardo Niño examines a frame. He is the educational supervisor for the California Master Beekeeper Program, which conducts bee classes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hive in the foreground is teeming with bees. In the background, students in a UC Davis class learn about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hive in the foreground is teeming with bees. In the background, students in a UC Davis class learn about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hive in the foreground is teeming with bees. In the background, students in a UC Davis class learn about bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear That Buzz? Beginning Beekeeping Courses at UC Davis!

A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear that buzz? If you're thinking about becoming a beekeeper but don't know how and where to begin, the University of California, Davis, is offering beginning beekeeping...

A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee frame. Find the queen bee! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What Happens When Quizzical Kids Meet a Smiling Queen Bee

Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, stands in front of the booth at the California Honey Fstival while a youngster gives her a quizzical look. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're a little kid and there's a huge bee towering over you, what do you do? You do what comes naturally. Kids reacted differently toward the adults who donned the...

Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, stands in front of the booth at the California Honey Fstival while a youngster gives her a quizzical look. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, stands in front of the booth at the California Honey Fstival while a youngster gives her a quizzical look. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, stands in front of the booth at the California Honey Fstival while a youngster gives her a quizzical look. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This little boy eagerly thrusts out his hand as he meets Ms. Queen Bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This little boy eagerly thrusts out his hand as he meets Ms. Queen Bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This little boy eagerly thrusts out his hand as he meets Ms. Queen Bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

See my little buddy, Porky? This a meeting between a boy, his pig, and a towering bee. (Photo Kathy Keatley Garvey)
See my little buddy, Porky? This a meeting between a boy, his pig, and a towering bee. (Photo Kathy Keatley Garvey)

See my little buddy, Porky? This a meeting between a boy, his pig, and a towering bee. (Photo Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you remove your head? This little boy was delighted when Ms. Queen Bee did. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can you remove your head? This little boy was delighted when Ms. Queen Bee did. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you remove your head? This little boy was delighted when Ms. Queen Bee did. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper...Think Like a Bee, Not Like a Beekeeper

Beekeeper Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Beekeeper Program, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. She will be among those answering questions at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you want to be a beekeeper, you must think like a bee, not like a beekeeper. So says beekeeper/journalist Kim Flottum, who has served as the editor of Bee Culture...

Beekeeper Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Beekeeper Program, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. She will be among those answering questions at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Beekeeper Program, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. She will be among those answering questions at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Beekeeper Program, examines a frame at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. She will be among those answering questions at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California Honey Festival: Show Me the Honey!

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño examines a frame in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Show me the honey! You'll see scores of honey varietals at the third annual California Honey Festival on Saturday, May 4. And you can sample the honey, ask questions,...

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño examines a frame in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Elina Niño examines a frame in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Elina Niño examines a frame in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A frame of honey from the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A frame of honey from the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A frame of honey from the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Bernardo Niño, staff research associate III in the Elina Niño lab and educational supervisor with the California Master Beekeeper Program, will open hives, inside a screened tent, at the California Honey Festival. Festival-goers will see the queen bee, workers and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Bernardo Niño, staff research associate III in the Elina Niño lab and educational supervisor with the California Master Beekeeper Program, will open hives, inside a screened tent, at the California Honey Festival. Festival-goers will see the queen bee, workers and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Bernardo Niño, staff research associate III in the Elina Niño lab and educational supervisor with the California Master Beekeeper Program, will open hives, inside a screened tent, at the California Honey Festival. Festival-goers will see the queen bee, workers and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, will
Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, will "talk bees" at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Wendy Mather, program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, will "talk bees" at the California Honey Festival. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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