Virtual opportunities to learn about beekeeping and pollinators in February 2024

Michigan State University Extension and Penn State Extension offer several webinars and online courses in February 2024 to learn about beekeeping and pollinators.

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February is a great time of year to embrace virtual learning options to learn about bees before the spring season begins. Michigan State University Extension and Penn State Extension have several opportunities in February 2024 to learn about beekeeping and pollinators.

Virtual programs from Michigan State University Extension

Pre-conference webinars with invited presenters

In preparation for the Michigan Beekeepers Association (MBA) and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Spring Conference, which will be held in East Lansing, Michigan, on March 1 and 2, 2024, MBA & MSU Extension will co-host a series of webinars with invited speakers:

MI Ag Ideas to Grow With virtual conference

MSU Extension invites you to attend the 2024 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With virtual conference, held virtually Feb. 19 through March 1, 2024. This two-week educational experience features a variety of tracks focused on livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, crop production, beginning farmers, irrigation and drainage, farm stress, the environment and community food systems. There is no cost to register, but pre-registration is required. Sessions include:

Is Beekeeping Right for Me? online course

The Is Beekeeping Right for Me? online course provides an introduction to honey bees, covers the time required, physical demands and financial resources of beekeeping, and suggests ways to help all pollinators. The course is self-paced and participants may register at any time.

Pollinator Champions online course

Pollinator Champions is a free, self-paced online course offered by MSU. The course is packed full of videos, articles and fun activities to guide you through the amazing world of pollinators and pollination. The course is self-paced, and participants may register at any time.

Pollinator Protection for Pesticide Applicators online course

Pesticide applicators can learn how they can support bees and other pollinators through the Pollinator Protection for Pesticide Applicators online course. The course is self-paced, allowing participants to review course materials at their own pace and on their own schedules. The course takes about an hour to complete.

If you work in landscaping or land management of private or public lands, consider the Pollinator Protection for Land Managers online course.

Virtual programs from Penn State Extension

Pollinator Biology online course

Andy Stephenson, an emeritus professor at Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, is leading an online course on Pollinator Biology through Penn State's OLLI program. The course begins Feb. 5.

Beekeeping Around the World Webinar Series

Penn State’s Beekeeping Around the World 2024 Webinar Series will be held every Thursday at 12 p.m. from Feb. 15 through March 28. You must register for each webinar separately.

Beekeeping Basics Webinar Series in Spanish

Beekeeping Basics Webinar Series (in Spanish language): Unlock the world of beekeeping in our Spanish-language webinar series. Learn essential skills, from hive management to honey bee behavior. Join us for an interactive journey into beekeeping, perfect for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Conceptos básicos de Apicultura: Descubra el mundo de la apicultura. Aprenda habilidades esenciales para la práctica de apicultura, desde el manejo de colmenas hasta el comportamiento de las abejas melíferas. Esta es perfecta para principiantes y entusiastas.

Acknowledgments

The Spanish-language beekeeping webinar series was made possible by a Science to Practice grant from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Thank you to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for securing funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Michigan State University to implement strategies in the Michigan Managed Pollinator Protection Plan.

This work is/was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program through the North Central IPM Center (2018-70006-28883 and 2022-70006-38001).

This work is supported by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program [grant no 2021-70006-35450] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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