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UWS offers free beekeeping workshop

For those interested in becoming a beekeeper, the University of Wisconsin-Superior will hold a free Beekeeping 101 workshop 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 1013 of Swenson Hall, 1610 Weeks Ave..

Designed specifically for those with no experience in beekeeping, Dr. Edward Burkett, UWS biology professor and apiary manager, will provide general knowledge that beginning beekeepers need to succeed.

Topics covered will include "Do I really want to raise honey bees?," honey bee biology, basic equipment, tools, protective gear, cost, purchasing bees and equipment, legal issues, urban beekeeping, installing your first bees, basic hive inspection, colony maintenance, and challenges to bee health.

Participants will get to handle and learn to use beekeeping equipment and assemble a beehive.

This free workshop is limited to 60 participants. Registration is available at Refreshments provided.