• December Banquet

Sweet Sensations: The Sensory World of the Honeybee

Just like us honeybees can hear, taste, see, smell, and touch their environment, but unlike us bees are tiny. The physical surroundings of the bee are the same as ours, but very different in scale, so as you might imagine, the bee’s senses are also different in scale and organization to ours.   Dr Wahl will describe how the honeybee’s senses work and what it “feels like” to be a bee.   This is a presentation you will not want to miss!

Christina Wahl is an Associate Professor of Biology at Wells College in Aurora, NY.  She also holds a courtesyappointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.  Professor Wahl earned her doctorate in Physiology at Cornell University in 1990.  She is a fourth generation beekeeper, a tradition that started when her great-grandfather became a sideliner around 1887.  Since then, the Wahl family has included all kinds of beekeepers…commercial, hobbyist, and wishful thinkers. Professionally, Professor Wahl studies vertebrate craniofacial development and the visual ecology of larval and juvenile fishes. She teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, and vertebrate zoology. Her husband Ellis Loew is a professor at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.  They have two daughters and they enjoy homebuilding and traveling together (but Ellis lets Christina do all the beekeeping).

As is our usual tradition we will be having our December Banquet at Clearman’s NORTHWOODS INN 14305 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638 (714) 739-0331 Saturday December 12th, 2015 at 1:00PM     To better reward those who worked the fair the meal will be comped to members at the rate of  $10 per shift worked at the fair up to $30.00 per person and the meal usually costs about $30.00 and includes soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages.  For directions to the restaurant please call the number above or for any other questions please call Rich at (949)458-6532