Trifecta Beekeeping Event

An awesome Trifecta Beekeeping Event, sponsored by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and BG Bees, will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Best Western PLUS Hood River Inn in the Columbia Gorge, Hood River. Guest speakers include:

  • Thomas D. Seeley presenting
    • Darwinian Beekeeping
    • The bee colony as a honey factory
      • biologist and writer, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior, social life, and ecology of honey bees. Tom is an avid beekeeper and began keeping bees while a high school student, when he shook a swarm into a box and brought it home. His scientific work is summarized in four books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), Honeybee Democracy (2010), and Following the Wild Bees (2016).
  • Andony Melathopoulos presenting
    • Where is the Value of Valuing the Pollination Services of Bees to Agriculture?
    • Doing the Multiplication: Expanding your apiary the old school and “the Next Generation” way 
      • is an Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. His work at OSU comes out of a mandate from the Oregon Legislature to create a state-wide pollinator safety and outreach program. Prior to coming to OSU, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Biology at the University of Calgary working with Shelley Hoover and Ralph Cartar on canola pollination. He holds an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University (2015) and a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University (1999). Formerly he worked as the chief technician in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Apiculture Research program (2000-2012).
  • Alison McAfee presenting
    • Honey bee necromones: finding the brood cues that stimulate hygienic behavior
    • Why are scientists making transgenic honey bees?
      • is a Ph.D. in Dr. Leonard Foster’s Laboratory studying the mechanisms of hygienic behavior in honey bees. Using RNAi to probe the functions of several proteins that are tightly correlated with the behavior, including odorant binding proteins and others involved in neuron signal transduction in the antennae. Using mass spectrometry as a tool for protein quantification by parallel reaction monitoring.

In an effort to partner with bee clubs, an opportunity to reduce the registration fee to your members by a special discount of $10.00, which may be placed in your treasury or you may choose to pass it on to your members, is available.

Advance reservations are offered at a $10 discount off the Early Bird pricing ($85.69 – $10.00 = $75.69). Clubs may choose to retain the $10.00 for their use, but the ‘block of tickets’, must be purchased before January 15th, 2018. Hotel rooms are available at a group discount which includes a breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant by specifying BG Bees at time of reservation directly with the hotel (855) 214-4563:

Room Type Fri/Sat Sun-Thurs
Non-View Single Queen $134.00 $125.00
Non-View Double Queen $152.00 $143.00
Riverview Single King $179.00 $170.00
Riverview Double Queen $188.00 $179.00
Executive Level Non-View King $170.00 $161.00
Executive Level Riverview King $197.00 $188.00

Additionally, there is a “pre-event” on Saturday, May 19th, where our Guest Speakers will be conducting “in hive” presentations for a smaller group at an additional cost of $49.37.

Both events pricing includes a catered lunch.

Trifecta Beekeeping Event –

  • Bee Club/Dealership block pricing – $75.69 (must be paid prior to Jan 15th)
  • Early Bird pricing February 1st through March 31st – $85.69
  • Regular pricing April 1st – May 15th – $95.88


  • Saturday, May 19th – $49.37

Please contact Charlie Vanden Heuvel, [email protected], (360) 608-2754, to reserve your club’s block of reservations.

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