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The Current State of the Honey Bee

Submitted to The Union

The Sierra College Natural History Museum will present an illustrated lecture entitled "The Current State of the Honey Bee," by local bee biologist Randy Oliver on 7:30 p.m. Friday, in Sewell Hall (Room 111) on the Sierra College-Rocklin Campus.

Join us for an informative evening to learn about the current state of our honey bee populations — what is affecting colony health and productivity? Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley.

He and his two sons manage about 1,000 colonies for migratory pollination, and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 40 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds bachelor's and master's degrees in biological sciences. Oliver researches, analyzes and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today's beekeeping problems.

Having kept bees for most of his life, Oliver views beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist, researcher, and nature lover. He makes his living as a commercial beekeeper, and also maintains a website,, through which he shares information about bee biology, colony health issues, and practical beekeeping management.

This presentation is part of the Sierra College Natural History Museum's 2013-14 lecture series. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $5, with students and seniors tickets set at $2, while museum members are admitted free. All proceeds benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at dispensers located in the parking lots. For more information, call the Sierra College Natural History Museum at 916-660-7926.

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