New Germany to Feature Bear Biologist, Beekeeper on August 29th

New Germany State Park will be featuring two guest speakers on Saturday, August 29th.  The first speaker will be local beekeeper, Jerome “Hop” Cassidy, presenting a program called “Bee Aware” at 1:00 pm.  Cassidy is a former State Apiary Inspector for the Maryland Department of Agriculture and is currently acting President of the Appalachian Beekeepers Association.  He manages 10 to 15 hives of his own, and also supports a number of beehavers and a youth beekeeper program.  The presentation will take place at the amphitheatre outside the Lake House (or inside the Lake House if it rains).  A live observation hive will be featured at the program, and local honey products will be available for purchase. 

Later that evening, Maryland State Bear Biologist, Harry Spiker, will present a special program on Maryland’s black bears.  Spiker currently serves as the Game Mammal Section Leader and Black Bear Project Leader for DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.  The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm inside the Lake House, and will include the latest information about the DNR’s bear management program, and how people can learn to coexist with black bears in Western Maryland. 

For more information about these or other park programs, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.