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What's the Buzz About Bees?

Posted Aug 23, 2018
Whats The Buzz About Bees

Asbury Woods presents What’s the Buzz About Bees?, scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 from 6pm – 8pm at the Nature Center at Asbury Woods.

The forum is an informational program exploring the natural history of honey bees, their role in pollination, and the environmental threats they face. A diverse panel of experts from seasoned beekeeping professionals will be on the panel. A reception sponsored by Ernst Conservation Seeds will follow to allow for further networking and discussion.

“It’s no secret that bee populations the world over are in crisis,” says Jenifer Farrar, executive director.  “Bees are pollinators of up to one-third of the plants we eat.  At Asbury Woods we tell that story through our on-site honey bee hives and pollinator garden, which play an integral role in our mission of environmental education and stewardship of natural resources. We hope that bringing together experts in a forum like this is another way to inspire local individuals to take an active role in protecting bees, securing food production, promoting foraging crops and maintaining the genetic diversity of flowering plants.”

Event Details:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Nature Center at Asbury Woods
4105 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506

Registration is required and can be done online or at the Nature Center. Registration is $20 per person.


Meet the Panelists

Priscilla Hamilton

Priscilla Hamilton | Moderator

Dr. Priscilla Hamilton retired to the Erie area from the U.S. Army Dental Corps after 33 years on active duty.  She participated in the backyard beekeeping training at Asbury Woods Nature Center and took up beekeeping as a hobby in 2015.  She recently completed the Penn State Master Gardener training program and enjoys these agricultural pursuits on her family’s property in Harborcreek Township.  



John Ashley

Dr. John Ashley | Panelist

Dr. John Ashley, Associate Professor of Biology and Health Services Department, Edinboro University. Biography coming soon.


Jennifer Salem

Jennifer Salem | Panelist

Jen Salem is a Penn State Extension Master Gardener and the founder of Go Native Erie!, a program created to raise awareness about the benefits of using native plant species while discouraging the use of invasive plants.  Jen works under the Regional Science Consortium, located in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, on educational outreach and wetland restoration for Presque Isle State Park. 

Jen is also the Applied Horticulture teacher at Erie High School, and works with Career and Tech students to prepare them for jobs in the Horticulture and Landscape industry. 

Jen has a background in greenhouse management, perennial production and landscape design. She currently is also a member of the advisory board for the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University.



Charlie Vorisek

Charlie Vorisek | Panelist

Charlie Vorisek is past-president of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association and currently president of the Northwestern Pa Beekeepers.    His beekeeping began as his daughter’s FFA enterprise in 1992. He and his wife, Cathy, went full time beekeeping in 2009.  They operate Vorisek’s Backyard Bee Farm, where they operate over 200 colonies on more than 20 locations in Crawford, Erie and Venango Counties.  They offer crop pollination service, produce and sell honey and hive products to the local markets and festivals.  Charlie serves on the Apiary Advisory Board to the Pa Dept of Agriculture.  He also serves on the Pennyslvania Farm Bureau ‘Fruit, Vegetable and Apiary Commodity Committee’ and represents Pennsylvania Farm Bureau on the board of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.  


Networking reception supported by Ernst Conservation Seeds.

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