Beekeeping Symposium This Weekend

scotts-garden-bees.previewMEDFORD, Ore. — Local beekeepers and hobbyists are getting ready for a national beekeeping symposium in the Rogue Valley.

A select group of beekeepers will be meeting Friday night to plan for the event, which starts Saturday afternoon. Among other things, it will address the colony collapse disorder that has been decimating bee colonies worldwide.

“That’s a huge challenge for sure, but I also think it’s an amazing opportunity because there’s so much enthusiasm behind honeybees, and beekeeping, and bee advocacy right now,” explained beekeeper Sarah Red-Laird.

Local beekeepers say the region has seen a dramatic rise in beekeeping as a hobby despite struggling bee populations. They say all are welcome to Saturday’s event, which will feature nationally-renowned researchers. That begins at 1 p.m. at South Medford High School.