October 2015 Meeting Announcement


Dr. Scott Dobrin Assistant Professor of Biology University of Maine, Presque Isle

Dr. Scott Dobrin
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Maine, Presque Isle

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, October 14th at Edward Little High School in Auburn.  Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation “A-maze-ing Bees: Solving mazes, learning faces, and saving the honey bee”.

Our October speaker will be Dr. Scott Dobrin who is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Maine, Presque Isle.   When asked to describe his upcoming presentation, Scott replied:

Humans have long recognized the potential of honey bees as pollinators and in their capacity to produce useful resources, such as honey and wax. There is also a rich tradition of honey bees as a model organism to study learning, memory, and specialized areas of cognition (navigation and group decision making). In this presentation, I will discuss various examples of learning and communication in the honey bee. Do your bees know you? Can they solve a maze? How do they not collide in that dark hive? I’ll review the evidence and discuss how knowledge of these answers can contribute to saving the honey bee.

Dr. Dobrin’s ABC sponsored presentation is open to the public.

Also, as we noted in last month’s meeting announcement email and in the 6:30pm to 7:00pm time for club business, now is the time to become Club President, Vice President or Treasurer.  Please let current club president Bill Hiss (whiss@bates.edu) know by email or at our next meeting of your interest.  Please DON’T reply to this email, but DO email Bill directly.

We hope you can come out for this interesting presentation.

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