In November 2019, Karla attended the field days of the North-West and Southern branches of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association (TBA). These were key events for providing biosecurity messages and demonstrating varroa surveillance techniques such as sugar shake and alcohol wash.
During November 2019, Karla also held three regional sessions at libraries to support beekeepers without internet access or needing assistance with computers to complete the Biosecurity for Beekeepers online course.
In January 2020, Karla attended the Tasmanian Junior Beekeepers very first Australian Meeting of Junior Beekeepers which determined entrants for the next International Meeting of Junior Beekeepers in Slovenia (postponed due to COVID-19).
Later in 2020, Karla attended beginner beekeeping course pest and disease sessions held by the Northern branch of the TBA and gave a pest and disease talk at a meeting of the Southern branch of the TBA via Zoom. She also gave a ten-minute presentation on record keeping at the TBA’s 2020 AGM.
As well as attending and presenting at beekeeping events in this period Karla:
Exercise Bee Prepared follow up training
In 2018, Plant Health Australia facilitated an event which focused on the operations in every state and the first three days of a (theoretical) varroa mite detection in Tasmania. It aimed to identify gaps in our readiness to respond to a detection or incursion of Varroa destructor so we can better prepare. A report on the exercise was published in July 2019.
As an outcome, Biosecurity Tasmania has planned a one-day follow up exercise to be held in Hobart and Devonport in November 2020, with 20-30 industry participants per session.
The sessions will run from 10 am to 3 pm, including a short break and a lunch break.
Please email [email protected] to register your interest.
Online bee biosecurity course sessions
The Biosecurity for Beekeepers online course is now free to all beekeepers! The aims of the course are to:
Anyone without internet access or needing assistance with computers can attend a session with the BBO to help them access the online course.
A session is planned for the South, North and North-West regions of Tasmania, likely in October 2020.
Once a date has been set, an invite will be sent to registered beekeepers with further details.