Listen- Thurs. 4/24 @ 3:30pm

Several of us NM beekeepers from Rio Arriba, Taos and Mora counties will be aired on a live broadcast interview on KTAO, NM’s solar powered radio station by famed DJ Brad Hockmeyer!

If in the radio listening area, you can hear the interview at 101.9FM or listen online to live stream broadcast at

We’ll be discussing NM’s pollinator situation and local production efforts and also highlighting the upcoming 2014 North to South NM Pollinator Benefit Lecture Series!

Tell your friends!

May 3, 2014 in Santa Fe & May 4, 2014 in Taos: Dr Thomas Seeley Lecture

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Kick off for the 2014 North to South New Mexico Pollinator Benefit Lecture Series starts May 3rd, 2014 as Dr. Thomas Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy and Wisdom of the Hive presents his renowned research at the Northern NM Rocky Mountain Sweet Spring Sting Pollinator Symposium

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Dr. Thomas Seeley, World Renowned Conservation Biologist
May 3, 2014 in the Great Hall at St. John’s College – 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca- Santa Fe, NM
10am-1pm Cost: $15
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With special screening of “The Art of Mayordomia,” Acequia Ancient Waterways
& Honey Tasting Table
*free for SJC students & staff

“My scientific work has primarily focused on understanding the phenomenon of swarm intelligence (SI): the solving of cognitive problems by a group of individuals who pool their knowledge and process it through social interactions. SI is a means whereby a group can overcome some of the cognitive limitations of its members. SI has relevance to other animals, including humans. Wherever there is collective decision-making — To better understand…we can examine natural systems that have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for achieving SI.”

On Sunday, May 4th, 2014, Dr. Seeley will be the keynote speaker and lead a guided nature walk on feral bee habitat
@ SMU-TAOS from 1pm-4pm

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Directions to SMU-TAOS: From Taos, follow Paseo Pueblo Sur and Take Hwy 518 towards Sipapu.
Directions from SF/ABQ: Take 84/285 north towards Espanola. Stay on Hwy 68 north to Taos. Take Hwy 518 towards Sipapu.

SMU-TAOS is located a few miles past Talpa and across from Pot Creek Historical Site.

In recognition of his scientific work, Dr. Seeley has received the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Prize, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, received a Gold Medal Book Award from Apimondia for The Wisdom of the Hive, and been elected a Fellow of both the Animal Behavior Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most enduring honor is having a species of bee named after him: Neocorynurella seeleyi

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Survivor Queen Bee Cooperative with partial funding from New Mexico Department of Agriculture and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (

May 22-25 in Alcalde, Albuquerque, Truchas & Alamogordo: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel

2014 North To South New Mexico Pollinator Benefit Lecture Series

Second guest lecturer to visit our Land of Enchantment is Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel.

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Dr. Rangel is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Texas A&M and is currently serving as the President of both the American Association of Professional Apiculturists and the American Bee Research Conference.
She has been researching queen honeybee health and will share her research while also taking samples from across the state for mitotyping of honeybee strains in NM. We are very excited to have her join us.

She will be presenting 3 lectures on queen honeybee health research (Alcalde, Albuquerque and Alamogordo) and 1 field practicum on queen rearing (@ Zia Queenbee Farm on The High Road to Taos in Truchas, NM)

May 22nd, 2014: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel LECTURE
@ NMSU-Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Research Farm & Center- County Road 41 off of Hwy 68 north of Espanola.


Dr. Shengrui Yao

Dr. Steve Guldan
9:30am-12:30pm Cost: $15
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Keynote: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel with additional presentations by NMSU Fruit Specialist Dr. Shengrui Yao with organic fruit trials and NMSU- Alcalde Superintendent Dr. Steve Guldan with northern NM water research

May 23rd, 2014: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel LECTURE
@ ABQ Bio Park Education Center- West Central Avenue- Albuquerque, NM

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1pm-4pm Cost: $15
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Keynote: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel with Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative Facilitator Melanie Kirby sharing local pollinator production programs.

May 24th, 2014: Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel QUEEN REARING Field Practicum
@ Zia Queenbee Farm- County Road 75- Truchas, NM (off of Hwy 76: The High Road to Taos)

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2pm-5pm Cost: $45
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Field Practicum- Open to all levels of beekeepers and interested pollinator enthusiasts

Field Practicum: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel with Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbees- survivor stock queen honeybee breeders of New Mexico.

May 25th, 2014: Dr. Juliana Posada-Rangel Lecture
@ Alamogordo Extension Office-Fairgrounds Road- Alamogordo, NM

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2pm-4pm Cost: $15

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CANCELLED: Dr. Wyatt Mangum June 6th in ABQ & June 7th in Mora: Top Bar Beekeeping

June 1st, 2014 Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Dr. Wyatt Mangum will not be able to join us this June in New Mexico. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope that he may be able to join us in the future to share his top bar beekeeping experiences with our communities.

CANCELLED: 2014 North to South New Mexico Pollinator Benefit Lecture Series’ third guest lecturer this spring is Dr. Wyatt Mangum- top bar beekeeping columnist for The American Bee Journal and author of Top Bar Beekeeping: Wisdom & Pleasure Combined will be visiting our Land of Enchantment and conducting two lectures and one field practicum on top bar beekeeping.
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June 6th, 2014: Dr. Wyatt MangumLECTURE
@ ABQ Bio Park Education Center- West Central-Albuquerque, NM
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1pm-4pm Cost: $15–CANCELLED

CANCELLED- Keynote: Dr. Wyatt Mangum sharing his top bar beekeeping research and films
June 7th, 2014: Dr. Wyatt Mangum LECTURE
@ Tapetes de Lana in Mora, NM
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10am-12noon Cost: $15- CANCELLED

CANCELLED-Keynote: Dr. Wyatt Mangum shares his top bar beekeeping research and films
June 7th, 2014: Dr. Wyatt Mangum TOP BAR BEEKEEPING Field Practicum
@ Mora Valley Apiaries with NM Top Bar Beekeeper Meg McGee (bee farm is located right across road from Tapetes)
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1:30pm-4:30pm Cost: $45- CANCELLED

CANCELLED-Field Practicum with Dr. Wyatt Mangum and NM Top Bar Beekeeper Meg McGee; hands on workshop on top bar beekeeping management and rearing queens in top bar hives
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