Article posted on June 18, 2018

July 5, 2018: Kirsten Traynor of American Bee Journal Speaking at Parma Library


parma lib event july 2018

Kirsten Traynor of American Bee Journal is speaking at a local library in this FREE event of great interest to beekeepers in Northeast Ohio.

The Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association is honored to host Kirsten Traynor, Editor of American Bee Journal, at this FREE engaging evening presentation at the Cuyahoga County Library Parma-Snow Auditorium.

July 5, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

Parma-Snow Library

2121 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio 44134
(216) 661-4240

We request reservations to be made to plan for adequate seating, and we look forward to seeing you at the library!

Register here…


Books Available!

Books by TraynorBooks by Dr. Traynor will be available at the event: Simple, Smart Beekeeping and Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey. 

Simple, Smart Beekeeping  $25
Chapters include everything from the history of beekeeping to seasonal work, installation and more. Book contains 190 full color images shot in the field around the world!

Review of Simple, Smart Beekeeping in Bee Culture: “In far, far too many beginner books the publishers want stunning, up close photos that show stunning up close bees. Little or nothing about how to, when to, it looks like this. That’s not the case here. The photos are stunning, up close photos showing exactly what needs to be seen describing a given task or subject. I was impressed with every page. ….Excellent photos, easy reading, and lots of ground covered with solid, up to date information. Hard to beat any book that does that.” – Kim Flottum

Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey   $20
New scientific findings from around the world demonstrate honey heals chronic wounds, beats antibiotic-resistant superbugs, eliminates tissue scarring, reduces brain damage, improves memory and minimizes the harmful side-effects of cancer treatments. An easily assimilated antioxidant, honey proves more effective than over-the-counter cough medicines, acts as a natural laxative, stimulates good intestinal flora, and alleviates spring allergies. This ancient remedy has recently been rediscovered by the medical community. As conventional therapies increasingly failed to clear infected wounds, doctors started applying honey dressings with astounding success. In 2007, the FDA approved medical honey for diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, 1st and 2nd degree burns, donor sites, traumatic wounds and surgical wounds. Two Million Blossoms lets you discover the remarkable healing properties of honey.

Review of Two Million Blossoms from a reader on Amazon: “This book contains a great deal of historical and medical research on honey, most of it I have not read before. It is an easy read, and very informative. It lets the reader draw his/her own conclusions. A good read for anyone interested in honey.” – William

More info about the books…


About Dr. Traynor

Dr. Kirsten Traynor of Flickerwood Apiary is an avid beekeeper, scientist, and editor of American Bee Journal. She has traveled the globe in a beeline, seeking out the best beekeepers, bee breeders and scientists. Her current research on pesticide impacts on bee health, along with her keen understanding of the top-notch bee science, make her an excellent speaker. Her presentations cover complex information in simple terms, making it easy for any audience to understand manner. She integrates a touch of humor with incredible detail and easy, practical management advice.

“Informative, funny, and
downright great speaker.”

“Hearing her talk is eye-opening.
I learned so much and
can’t wait to apply it to my hives.”

“After hearing her varroa talk,
I cut out and carefully inspected my drone brood.
I couldn’t believe how many mites I found.”

“Honestly one of the best speakers we’ve ever had.”

“I learned so much.
You really helped me understand
the complex drivers underpinning colony losses.”

In 2006-2007, Traynor received a German Chancellor Fellowship and drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European & American beekeeping. She reported her findings through 50+ published articles in American Bee Journal.

Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, she earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University with Dr. Robert Page. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a postdoc with Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp and was just appointed editor of American Bee Journal.

Traynor is the author of Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey and Simple, Smart Beekeeping. She also manages a boutique organic apiary producing top quality nucs and Maryland reared queens. Using the biology of the bee against the biology of the varroa mite, she keeps her colonies healthy without synthetic chemicals.