The Chester Lioness Club will begin the New Year at a dinner meeting set for Thurs., Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lamplighter Restaurant in Chester. The topic for discussion this evening will be “A Day in the Life of a Bee” presented by Dr. Bonita Sue Pyler, DNP,R.N.,FNP,USPHS 06(ret) and current President of the Morris-Somerset Chapter of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016 according to a national survey. The varroa mite is closely linked to several damaging viruses causing bee colony collapse disorder and all backyard beekeepers should be encouraged to use an aggressive enough combination of treatments to control the mite. The goal of treatment being a reduction of, or near elimination of, the spread of mites to neighboring colonies. Dr. Pyler will be addressing this issue and many factors in the daily life of the honey bee.
Dr. Pyler is a Family Nurse Practitoner with a 30 year history as a Commissioned Officer in the uniformed services and retired at rank of Captain in 2006. Her many experiences include working as Federal Disaster coordinator working with the national disaster response teams, a federal inspector documenting compliance with Medicare and Medicaid federal requirements as applied to skilled nursing facilities; working in a rural Indian Health Service Clinic, 4 years experience as a Navy Nurse Officer FNP, and in the US Air Force as a staff nurse and hospital supervisor. As an associate professor, she has taught at the graduate level, and developed a federally funded homeless health care clinic from bare walls to a highly respected clinical operation. In retirement, Dr. Pyler has volunteered as a member of the Board of Health in Morris Township, and at the Seeing Eye veterinary clinic. She has been active as a beekeeper for more than four years.
The Morris-Somerset Chapter of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association is dedicated to the promotion of beekeeping and healthy bees, community awareness of best bee practices and discouragement of the use of harmful pesticides in the community at large.
Community residents are invited to attend this dinner meeting by making a reservation. To learn more about the Chester Lioness Club or to make reservations to attend this meeting call Holly Simmenroth at 908-879-5932.