CSBA Annual Convention - Sarah Red Laird, the Bee Girl

CSBA Annual Convention  http://www.californiastatebeekeepers.com/   November 18-20, 2014

Sara Red-Laird, the Bee Girl, transformed a childhood fascination with honeybees into an impassioned career as a research scientist, educator, conservationist and revered beekeeper. She brings her love of honey bees and joy of beekeeping to the CSBA Annual Convention with her "Educating the Educators" presentation, on the Panel: "Bridging the Gap Between the Beekeeping Industry & the Urban Beekeeper," and with her Special Movie Night screening: "We Can Save the Bees Together." 

Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. She brought her affinity for beekeeping to fruition at the University of Montana, Missoula. She chose honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder as her Davidson Honors College research thesis. 

Sarah's affinity for Apis mellifera was apparent to Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk at the UM Honey Bee Lab, and he gladly put her to work in research. Sarah finished her time as a student at UM with a presentation on her CCD and beekeeping findings at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research titled, "How to Keep 100,000 Girlfriends, the Careful Relationship of a Beekeeper and Her Honey Bees." She graduated with honors, and as a University Scholar from UM's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. 

Sarah is also the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association's (IBRA) BEEWORLD project, the Kids and Bees Director for the American Beekeeping Federation, a mentor in the Oregon State Master Beekeepers Program, Apiary Manager for Southern Oregon University's Center for Sustainability, the Oregon Outreach Coordinator for the Bee Friendly Farming Initiative, and is on the advisory board of the New York Bee Sanctuary. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers, land managers, and policy makers, Sarah heads for the hills with a camera, large backpack, fishing rod, bike or snowboard, and her best friend, Sophie the Yellow Lab.