Upcoming Events

January 26, 2019: Kalamazoo Bee School — not sure what I’m covering yet, but they’ve asked me back.

February 23, 2019: Elkhart County Garden Expo; Elkhart, IND. More information to evolve.

March 13, 2019: Petal Pushers Garden Club, Kalamazoo, MI: I appreciate garden clubs’ interest and role in protecting pollinators!

March 30, 2019: Upper Peninsula’s Beekeeping Conference, Marquette, MI; more info to come.

July 9, 2019: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeeper’s Summer Picnic. Looking forward to having fun with this group yet again.

March 21, 2020: SEMBA’s 82nd Spring Conference, with a focus on women in beekeeping. Plenty of details forthcoming (and plenty of time), but I’m delighted to be invited to speak.


Presentation Topics

Orientation Flight

Charlotte presented this keynote speech for the first time at the Michigan Beekeeper’s Association’s first ever upper peninsula conference. Based upon the warm reception, she looks forward to future presentations. Concurrent to discussing the importance of bees’ orientation flights, she takes beekeepers on an “orientation flight,” reviewing dangers, signposts and inspiration to look for along the beekeeping journey.

A Number of Things I Know About Bees / BEE-ingo

Charlotte’s presentations usually feature interesting and fun slides, but when she is speaking to smaller groups, and / or if power is not available (bee meetings in the middle of a field), she has a “Plan Bee.”

Using specially-adapted Bee-ingo cards with relevant bee numbers (like “3: the number of days bees are an egg”), Charlotte explains each number’s relevance as it is selected. From key bee statistics, to interesting and fun bee facts, to unusual statistics delivered with her usual wit and humor … it is a highly interactive, educational and engaging romp for newbees and those who think they knew almost all of it. Of course, there are FABULOUS prizes for the Bee-ingo winners!

This presentation was trialed at the Michiana Beekeeper’s Association August 2016 meeting, and received robust, rave reviews.


This interactive, team-based quiz game is a proven winner. Featuring bee-related categories like “All Mite-y” and “Ba-bees”, we review all things bee in a fun, humorous environment … complete with prizes.

What You Need to Know About Mites

You love your bees, and / or you’re trying to help this critical insect, and / or (laughably) you’re earning money for a private jet from this lucrative hobby. What’s going to keep you from succeeding? Mites.

Charlotte reviews the mite lifecycle, ways to naturally kept the insidious parasite under control, how to test to determine if a colony is overrun, and options for handling it if so.


Beyond pollinating a third of the food we eat, there are so many other reasons to appreciate and laugh with this insect.  Charlotte reviews some of the amazing things and memorable people she’s encountered working with bees, and explores our fascination with and yes–adoration of this insect.

Some Things I Know About Cutouts

Every cutout is different, although they’re all incredibly interesting.  Charlotte reviews considerations and essentials based on her personal experience and interviews with a dozen others who have rehomed–or attempted to rehome–honeybees.

Beyond the Bees’ Knees 

An overview of the critical honeybee, what’s happening with its survival, personal reflections about beekeeping, and Q&A. This presentation is tailored to adults, furthering their knowledge with a discussion of some of the amazing facets of this insect, how we can help, and what a beekeeper does.

After “To Bee” 

Now that you decided “to bee,” how will you manage your apiary with regards to diseases, pests and expansion? How might factors such as personal beliefs, budget, and location affect your approach? If you’re already buzzing, what are considerations as you evolve your apiary management style?

NewBee Mentoring 

We need good beekeepers, but the learning curve is steep and many new beekeepers give up after a few losses, or never learn to support their new colonies to begin with.

Charlotte has collected information on mentoring programs and approaches, and will share–in her usual lively, humorous way–some considerations and lessons learned. This presentation is helpful for new beekeepers seeking a mentor, those in a coaching role, and those thinking about establishing training programs.

What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning

Based on information gathered from beekeepers over six years, this insightful presentation reviews commonly cited knowledge and lessons from hundreds of beekeepers. The information highlights common challenges for new beekeepers, and guides beekeeper coaches and bee school organizers on key topics.

Charlotte’s passion for beekeeping shines through. This presentation will motivate and encourage those entering this fascinating endeavor while providing practical information, as well as humorously remind experienced beekeepers of the struggles we all faced.

Life Lessons Taught by Bees

Gold can be found even on the darkest of days, sometimes in the form of honey. Against the backdrop of an entertaining story, Charlottes shares how she fell head-over-hive tool in love with bees, and offers helpful insights and lessons on handling bees, and life’s challenges.

This motivational topic is ideal for bee schools, to encourage new beekeepers. It’s also a helpful “relief” session in the midst of pests-diseases-problem sessions, allowing folks need to sit back and remember the joys beekeeping can bring.


Keeping bees (alive) in any climate is challenging, but Michigan / northern Indiana have some additional requirements to address in order to see the little darlings fly back out again in March or April.

Thinking about keeping bees?

In an information-packed, interactive session, Charlotte reviews the financial, time and physical commitments required, along with starter info like hive location and preparation, basic equipment types and essentials, and the various options for obtaining bees, followed by a Q&A session.

Other Topics

Charlotte has developed presentations based on the audiences’ needs—Honeybees 101How to Help Honeybees, etc. She appreciates the challenge of developing and tailoring a message for your audience. Contact her  to discuss how her knowledge, high energy, and engaging and humorous delivery may be put to work to help honeybees and beekeepers.

Past Speaking Engagements

Upper Peninsula Beekeeper’s Conference (MBA),  March 2018
Orientation Flight (keynote) & “BEEingo” & Cutouts & “What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

Kalamazoo Bee Club’s Bee School, Kalamazoo, MI,  February 2018
Bee Launch & “BEEingo”

Michigan Beekeeper’s Association Fall Meeting,  November 2017

Michigan Beekeeper’s Association Spring Meeting,  March 2017
“Bee-ingo” & “What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

Kalamazoo Bee Club’s Bee School, Kalamazoo, MI,  February 2017
Bee Launch & “Swarms & Cutouts”

Beekeeper’s Guild, Petoskey, MI,  February 2017
“What You Need to Know About Mites”

Crosshatch, Traverse City, MI February 2017
“So You’re Thinking About Keeping Bees?” & Bee Launch

Holland Area Beekeeper’s Association Bee School, Holland, MI, February 2017
“Beyond the Bees’ Knees”, Bee Launch & Bee Equipment

Kalamazoo Bee Club & Napoleon Bee Supply & Central Hardware (Elkhart),  January 2017
“So You’re Thinking About Keeping Bees?”

Michigan Beekeeper’s Association Fall Meeting,  October 2016
“What You Need to Know About Mites” & “Bee-ingo”

Kalamazoo Bee Club & Holland Area Beekeeper’s Association,  July 2016
“What You Need to Know About Mites”

Western Michigan University OLLI Course,  June 2016
“The Bees Knees and Bee-Yond”

Michigan Beekeeper’s Association Spring Meeting,  March 2016
“Cutouts” & “What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

Albion Bee School,  February 2016
“Bee Basics” & “
Early Season Management & Critical Checks”

Kalamazoo Bee Club & Napoleon Bee Supply,  January 2016
“So You’re Thinking About Keeping Bees?”

Hidden Lake Gardens,  November 2015
“Beyond the Bees’ Knees”

Kalamazoo Bee Club & Napoleon Bee Supply,  Fall 2015
“Winter Apiary Preparation”

Heartland Apicultural Society, Albion, MI, July 2015
“What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning” &
“Some Things I Know About Cutouts” & “Good Mentors and Mentees”

Kalamazoo Bee Club, Kalamazoo, MI, April 2015
“New Bee and NewBee Start-Up”

Dahlem Conservancy/Dahlem Center, Jackson, MI, February 2015
“Beyond the Bees’ Knees”

Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting, Warsaw, IN, February 2015 
“Beyond the Bees’ Knees”

Napoleon Bee Supply January 2015
“So You’re Thinking About Keeping Bees?”

 Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association Fall Conference 2014

Michigan State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting 2014
“What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”
“Some Things I Know About Cutouts”

Michiana Fall Banquet 2014
“What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

York County Beekeepers Association, York, PA, June 2014
“What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”


Kalamazoo Bee Club March 2014 Meeting
“NewBee Mentoring”

Michigan Beekeeper’s Association Spring Meeting 2014
“After ‘To Bee'”
“What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

Albion Bee School 2014
“Life Lessons Taught by Bees”
“What We Wished We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

Napoleon Bee Supply Bee School 2014
“Joys & Possible Perils of Beekeeping”

A2B2 January Meeting 2014
“What We Wish We’d Known in the Bee-Ginning”

Michigan Beekeeper’s Association Fall Conference 2013
“NewBee Mentoring”

Arkansas Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting 2013
“What We Wish We’d Known in the Bee-ginning“
“Life Lessons Taught by Bees”

Kelley Field Day 2013
“What We Wish We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

SEMBA 2013
“What We Wish We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

2013 Michigan Beekeepers Association Winter Meeting
“Women and Beekeeping”
“What We Wish We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”

Kalamazoo Bee School – 2013
“What We Wish We’d Known in the Bee-ginning”
“Beginner’s Track Q&A Panel”

Garfield Park Conservatory Bee Event 2012
“Life Lessons Taught by Bees”
“Q&A Panel”

Kelley Field Day 2012
“Life Lessons Taught by Bees”
“Apimondia 2011 Overview”

Kalamazoo Bee School 2012, Keynote Speaker
“Life Lessons Taught by Bees”
“Beginner’s Track Q&A Panel”

Kalamazoo Bee Club 2011
“Apimondia 2011 Overview”

Other Speaking Engagements
Numerous presentations to church groups, assisted living groups, scouting groups, elementary and preschools, service clubs, and summer camps.