Audio Library

Want to listen with a podcast catcher?  – RSS Feed

Next Audio Conference - TDB

Date and Time: TBD, 2017  07:00 PM – (US/Eastern)
Dial-in Number:  (712) 770-4010
Access Code: 499172

02/14/2018 Tom Sotiridy/Rob Overton - Spring Management

How Fall management and weather have lead to current hive conditions and strategies for Spring.

Tom Sotiridy/Rob Overton - Spring Management


11/18/2017 Tom Sotiridy - The mirror of the hive

The mirror of the hive. Organizational strategies of  bees based on genetics, windfalls and stresses.

11/18/2017 Rich Hines - Observational Beekeeping

Arm chair observations, confessions and insights of a non invasive beekeeper.

11/18/2017 Raymond DuBois - Beekeeping as a transcendent vehicle

Beekeeping as a transcendent vehicle, Ray’s unique experience of what the bees have given him.

Raymond DuBois - Beekeeping as a transcendent vehicle


11/18/2017 Rob Overton - Thermodynamics of Beekeeping

Thermodynamics of Beekeeping – Why beekeepers have it all wrong.

Rob Overton - Thermodynamics of beekeeping


11/18/2017 Tom Sotiridy - This Seasons Summary

This seasons summary, let us praise not so famous beekeepers, the invisible earth energies, thoughts from a  dowser. Intuition as a beekeepers best friend. Is the missing component in our grace, or lack of.

07/19/2017 Strong Microbials - Super DFM

Our call this month is with the good folks at Strong Microbials makers of Super DFM. Direct Fed Microbials or probiotics are making a very big difference in our hives, and those of you who have been hearing us speak know we always recommend this product.

This call will have the DFM team on board and we will discuss the development, implementation, research, and the benefits of using this product for healthier and stronger colonies.

04/19/2017 Jay Evans - Beltsville Laboratory

Jay Evans ( has served as Research Leader for the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland since October, 2014. Since joining ARS in 1998, Dr. Evans’ research has focused on identifying and managing threats to honey bee health, from microbes and mites to chemical stress. Along with the other scientists at the BRL, his goal is to develop new ways for bees and beekeepers to reduce these threats. He was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and has helped recruit and lead scientists interested in applied genomics for bees.  He has received the James Hambleton Bee Research Award from the Eastern Apicultural Society (2011), the BA Early Career Scientist Award (2002), and is on the Council of Fellows for the International Bee Research Association. He holds an AB in Biology from Princeton and a PhD in Biology from the University of Utah.

03/22/2017 Michael Thomas - Bjorn Apiaries

Mike is a former Pennsylvania state Bee inspector, owner of, and a non migratory commercial beekeeper specializing in queen rearing, and education. He was my first teacher in queen rearing, and I have used his excellent queens in the past to form my core stock. A founding member of the northeast queen rearers, Mike has an excellent breeding program, and much sought after stock. Rigid adherence to proper procedures and management shows in the quality of his breeding lines. Mike is often invited to governmental and various agencies to testify, and advocate on behalf of honeybees. His opinions and understandings of the various problems facing the honeybees are founded on his experience and extensive research.

02/15/2017 Paul Cappy - NYS Head Apiarist

This is Paul’s second visit with the group and I’m pretty sure he needs no introduction. He is a friend to the bee improvement team and has graciously given hours of his time to help us develop and refine our approach and management strategies.  Paul brings a gentle well seasoned guiding hand to our discussions, and this month the lens is on late winter management.
The season is beginning, and we can do a lot to insure our bees are in top shape for the flow.


02/08/17 - Kirk Webster - How to implement a treatment free approach in bee crowded locations

Kirk is the grandfather of our current sustainable apiary methodologies. A pioneer along with Dee Lusby in the treatment free movement. Kirk’s common sense and practical methodology is based on trial and error over the last 25 yrs. Along with management techniques, a key aspect of sustainably is rearing your own stock and being prepared for potential losses in the yard. We will talk about what this really is and where the future of this can go.
More info at

01/18/17 Tom Sotiridy - What is Bee Improvement?

Tom discusses the principles of bee improvement, how we can improve our management, our stock and in depth look at our new programs for beekeeping education.

12/14/16 Ron Breland - Visionary Beekeeper

ronbrelandRon is a fascinating individual, many of you might know him from  the documentary “Queen of the Sun” where his dodecahedron hives were brought into examination. He has been working with bees since 1973 and after 23 yrs of Langstroths, lost his hives to varroa. This event, caused by early varroa infestation, left him  devastated, and out of this experience the beginnings of the application of sacred geometry to hive design.
His thoughts and methodology as a beekeeper will cause you to ponder your relationship with your bees as well as life around the hives.  Ron is a visionary utilizing his intuition, art, and unique insight in an alignment with the bees and while not for everyone, I think all will appreciate his sense of direction and  his wisdom.

11/16/16 Grant Gillard - Beekeeper/Author

grantgillardGrant is an ordained Presbyterian Pastor in Jackson, Missouri and author of “Sustainable Beekeeping: Surviving in an Age of CCD” & “Sustainable Beekeeping: Surviving in an Age of CCD”.  His true passion is beekeeping and has served as President of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association.
Along with his many speaking engagements, both locally and nationally, he has authored several books on beekeeping, with special emphasis on beginning beekeeping and the shift from the hobby level to the income-producing level.
He maintains around 200 beehives in southeast Missouri and markets his naturally-produced honey through the local farmer’s markets and heath food stores. He also raises his own queen honey bees from locally-adapted, survivor stock.

08/10/2016 Paul Cappy - NYS Head Apiarist

paul-cappyPaul discusses his role as head inspector of NYS, his monitoring of the commercial honey operations,  factors contributing to colony health including migratory exposure to agricultural toxins,  management as part of the remedy,  varroa and nosema, working with USDA in Beltsville,  and innovative virus treatments some of the large commercial are using.