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    • 23 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    ‘How to Achieve Almost 100% Colony Survival

    by Keith Jardine

    Keith started beekeeping in 1976 while living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, when a colony selected his yard as a suitable site to swarm to. Two years later he helped start the Eastern Cape Beekeeping Association which is still active today. Bees and colonies soon became part of his life. He specialized in the removal of feral African bees from residential homes and by the time he was sixteen he had seventeen colonies. Keith is an international beekeeper having worked with a commercial beekeeper in Greece for 2 years and having experienced “British Beekeeping” while living in London for 8 years. It’s a familial disease too because his brother keeps bees in Perth Australia.

    After dealing with the defensive African bees, Keith finds it a pleasure to work with non-Africanized bees. He currently manages over 100 colonies, works full time, and is the current Vice President of the Chester County Beekeepers Association after many years serving as President. His main areas of interest are queen rearing, improving the genetic stock of local bees and helping others achieve success with their beekeeping.

    Tonight he will discuss something every beekeepers desires “How to Achieve Almost 100% Colony Survival”

    Additionally Justin Shiffler, of Hat Trick Honey, will discuss the use a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) thermal imaging camera to assist beekeepers performing cutouts and check on their colony winter clusters without disturbing the colony.  He will also compare the FLIR to the SEEK thermal unit and possibly other beekeeping uses for IR imaging.

    Come, bring your questions, and join us for this valuable presentation to kick start your 2020 beekeeping season. And don’t forget to renew your MCBA membership!!!


    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


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    • 6:00 PM
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    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Controlling the swarming impulse is critical to making a honey crop and retaining your good queen.  When a colony swarms, the current queen and more than 50% of the bees in the colony leave.  The number of remaining bees is seldom capable of making a large crop of honey.  In some cases, colonies will cast off several swarms, leaving the colony so depleted it may not survive.

    Experienced beekeepers Mark Antunes and Vincent Aloyo will describe what is known about the cause(s) of swarming and how to work with your bees to reduce the swarming impulse. They will detail methods to prevent your bees from heading to the trees, even if your bees have started the swarming process.  Plus, how to take advantage of the swarm instinct to improve your apiary.  Although these methods are not always 100% successful, they will increase your chance of keeping your colonies strong and producing a honey crop.


    • 10 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 17 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 25 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 26 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Every beekeeper understands that the health of a strong colony begins with the queen laying an abundance of eggs that have been fertilized from a number of healthy drones. Because queens only mate several times early in life, they must maintain their sperm in a specialized storage organ until they die. If a queen gets too hot or too cold, the stored sperm start to die. So how is too hot or too cold and what can beekeepers do about it?

    Dr. Alison McAfee (see her bio below) studies honeybee reproductive health, focusing on factors affecting sperm viability. Information in her presentation will help beekeepers better understand the biological processes underlying sperm viability and contribute to best-practice recommendations to limit adverse exposure of the queens from environmental factors such as heat-shock, cold-shock, and pesticide exposure, that can dramatically reduce sperm viability.

    In addition, Jeff Eckel, State HoneyBee Inspector and outstanding beekeeper, will share the beekeeping management he is currently performing, how to identify if a colony is “performing well” or “not so well,” and what management to perform as a result of this information.

    Dr . McAfee’s Biography:

    Alison completed her Ph.D. in Genome Science and Technology at the University of British Columbia, where she studied molecular mechanisms of hygienic behavior. She is now a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology for North Carolina State University in Michael Smiths’ Laboratory at the University of British Columbia.

    She writes a monthly column for the American Bee Journal and her research has been reported in New Scientist and Scientific American. She also enjoys hiking up steep snowy mountains, catching huge ugly fish, and breaking speed limits on her bicycle.


    • 14 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 23 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Want a superior local queen at a bargain price? The associations queen cell program was founded 6 years ago by Scott Famous and popularity and participation has increased every year since.  Scott will present “When, Why & How” for the program with the hopes that participation can continue to grow, superior local queens will populate our colonies, and dependence on mated queens from the other sources will no longer be necessary.

    In addition, some outstanding association beekeepers will share information on the local beekeeping management they are currently performing, how they identify if a colony is “performing well” or “not so well,” and what management they perform as a result.

    The beekeeping season is ramping up so this is a great time to make plans and expand your beekeeping knowledge.


    • 12 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 19 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 27 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 28 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 9 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 16 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 14 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 21 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 18 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 27 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 8 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 15 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 13 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM
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    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM
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    • 10 Nov 2020
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    • 8 Dec 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


About MCBAPA

Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.

Our meetings are held at:

Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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