Zeidlerei Workshop (29 & 30 Aug)

Kühlhaus Berlin
Technikmuseum Berlin

DESCRIPTION

An intensive, hands-on workshop on Zeidlerei, the centuries-old tree-beekeeping tradition, mainly practiced in East Europe. Under the guidance of German and Polish Zeidlers, participants will learn key aspects of the craft: its history, how to carve and install log hives, both traditional and modern tree-climbing techniques (weather permitting), safety precautions, tool maintenance, and more. Limited to 60 people.

 

OUTCOMES

While many apicentric apiartists already believe in the viability of wild honey bees, little scientific data have been collected to prove that they can actually thrive in nature with little human intervention. To that end, we will distribute the approx. 20 log hives built during the workshop to universities with entomology departments, bee institutes, forest preserves, and other suitable locations throughout Europe. The following spring we will install them in trees on their properties, under the condition that partners register data about these habitats and their inhabitants at regular intervals, based on a scientific protocol developed by Prof. Seeley expressly for this project.

Additionally, we’re developing an adjunct initiative for Spring 2020: a citizen-science data-collection project, whereby log hives from around the world (to launch first in Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UK, USA) would be monitored using the same protocol, thus creating an international database that could substantially contribute scientific proof that honey bees in trees can be healthy too (if not healthier than their “domesticated” cousins kept in boxes).

 

PROGRAM

Note: This is a partial program. Times and additional instructors/speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Check back for updates.


Thursday
29 Aug

 

8:00–9:00

REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST

(Kühlhaus, 0)


9:00–10:00

WELCOMING REMARKS, INTRODUCTIONS, WORKSHOP OVERVIEW
Heinz Risse

(Kühlhaus, 0)


10:00–10:30

SAFETY DO’S & DON’TS, SEPARATE INTO GROUPS
Heinz Risse and Tobias Wolf

(Kühlhaus, 0)


10:30–11:00

DEMONSTRATION OF FIRST CUTS WITH CHAINSAW, INTRODUCTION & PRESENTATION OF TOOLS, DO’S & DON’TS, HOW TO HOLLOW OUT
Group 1: Jacek Adamczewski, Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Andrzej Pazura
Group 2: Arne Eckert, Johannes & Norbert Poeplau, Tobias Wolf
Group 3: Johannes Pickhardt, Piotr Piłasiewicz, Ingmar Zech

(Kühlhaus, Backyard & Technikmuseum)


11:00–12:00

(Kühlhaus, Backyard & Technikmuseum)


12:00–13:15

LUNCH

(Kühlhaus, 0)


13:15–16:00

DEMONSTRATION OF TREE CLIMBING & TRAINING OF PARTICIPANTS
Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Johannes Pickhardt, Piotr Piłasiewicz

(tbc)


16:00–16:30

COFFEE BREAK

(Kühlhaus & Technikmuseum)


16:30–17:45

(Kühlhaus, Backyard & Technikmuseum)


17:45–18:15

LECTURE #1: Forest Conditions for Tree Beekeeping
Jacek Adamczewski and Andrzej Pazura (DE, POL)
Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki and Piotr Piłasiewicz (EN)

(Kühlhaus, 0 & 4th Floors)


18:15–19:00

LECTURE #2: Why Zeidlerei and Biodynamic Beekeeping? The Advantages of Natural Hives
Norbert Poeplau (DE)
Heinz Risse (EN)

(Kühlhaus, 0 & 4th Floors)


19:00–21:00

DINNER

(Kühlhaus, 0)


Friday
30 Aug

 

8:00–9:00

COFFEE & LIGHT BREAKFAST

(Kühlhaus, 0)


9:00–9:15

WELCOMING REMARKS, OVERVIEW OF DAY
Heinz Risse

(Kühlhaus, 4th Floor)


9:15–10:00

(Kühlhaus, 0 & 4th Floors)


10:00–12:00

(Kühlhaus, Backyard & Technikmuseum)


12:00–13:00

LUNCH

(Kühlhaus, 0)


13:00–14:30

STATION ROTATION: BLACKSMITH VISIT, MAKING INNER MATERIALS, HOLLOWING OUT BY PARTICIPANTS

(Kühlhaus, Backyard & Technikmuseum)


14:30–17:00

(Kühlhaus, Backyard & Technikmuseum)


17:00–17:30

BREAK

(Kühlhaus, 0)


17:30–17:45

WELCOMING REMARKS

(Kühlhaus, 4th Floor)


17:45–18:30

LECTURE #4: History of Zeidlerei
Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki and Piotr Piłasiewicz

(Kühlhaus, 4th Floor)


18:30–22:00

** CITIZEN-SCIENCE WORK SESSION (optional) & LIGHT DINNER
Zeidlerei workshop participants and instructors, conference speakers and moderators, and other guests are invited to contribute to formulating an international coalition to collect citizen-science data on rewilded bees, based on a protocol being developed by Prof. Thomas D. Seeley expressly for this project. Note: the Work Session will be mostly in English.

(Kühlhaus, 0 & 4th Floors)


** Indicates optional activity. Note: Program is subject to change.