In his 48th year as a beekeeper, Morris, a retired biology instructor, says he learns something new everyday about bees and beekeeping.

Since 2010 Morris has participated in the development and implementation of the Oregon Master Beekeeper program. He is both a mentor and an instructor for the program. Morris is also an active member and past President of the Lane County Beekeepers Association.

In October 2013 Morris was awarded the Washington state Master Beekeeper certification. He is the first Oregonian to receive this certification and is among only a few who currently hold this title.

Morris is an occasional contributor to Bee Culture magazine. His most recent article, Overcoming Barriers to Beekeeping: How to Continue Doing What You Love, appeared in the May and June 2015 issues.

Morris’ passion for teaching and beekeeping becomes apparent when he shares his knowledge with others. His presentation technique is to both educate and entertain. An interest in genetics and queen rearing has led to a quest to breed locally adapted, queens using the Miller Method.

Mite Keeping 101

We are all beekeepers. We also all keep mites. As the Honey Bee Coalition states, “We all need to accept the fact that we have an extra member of the family – the mite – and it’s here to stay.

We may understand bees well but now we need to do the same with regard to the Varroa mite.

Without action on our part beekeeping can quickly morph into mite keeping. Mites are in all of the hives; you’ll never get rid of them all. The question is will the mite population take control turning you into a mite keeper rather than a bee keeper.

The program presents tools you can use to keep you and your bees in control of your hives.

The focus is a practical approach to managing Varroa mites over the course of the year. Recognizing mite indicators, how mites affect raising “fat” winter bees and mite bombs are just a few of the discussion items. Morris will also share treatment strategies that have worked for him.