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    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
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    'Variety is the spice of life: genetic diversity and bee defense.' 

    We’ll cover how bees behave, protect themselves, and forage; the unusual things they forage on, and how their survival depends on some bees being better at certain things than others.

    Dr. Lewis Bartlett is a post-doctoral fellow at the UGA Honey Bee Program and Odum School of Ecology working at the intersection of infectious disease biology and beekeeping. His research focuses on how infectious diseases, especially viruses, cause so much harm to honeybees. He is currently focused on what extrinsic factors are causing viruses to be such a problem – including long-term impacts of Varroa, pesticide exposure, migratory beekeeping, and genetic diversity of our bee stock. Lewis began keeping bees ten years ago as part of scientific research and as a hobbyist in the UK before moving to America in 2016. He has worked with scientists across the UK, Europe, and USA, including University of Cambridge, University of Georgia, University of California Berkeley, Emory University, University of Ulm, and University of Exeter. His research goals are to inform solutions to managing honeybee diseases that are effective and economically viable, always with an ear toward experiences and insights from beekeepers. Lewis has worked on a range of bee parasites including most known viruses, Nosema, chalkbrood and stonebrood fungus, Varroa, and Crithidia. His published work includes studies on how insects adapt to defend themselves against diseases, the risk of pesticide exposure from spraying to control Zika-vectoring mosquitoes, and what we can expect to happen to disease transmission if we keep bees in bigger, denser apiaries.  

    Please take time to join this interesting and informative presentation.

    • 9 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting


    • 16 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
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    Check out the details here!

    ·        Welcome to Beekeeping - Sign-in and introductions

    ·        What level of commitment is required to keep honey bees

    ·        Getting tested for allergic reactions to bee stings

    ·        Equipment and gear needed

    ·        Ordering equipment, packages and nucs

    ·        Assembling and weatherproofing equipment

    ·        Selecting hive locations

    ·        Honey bees and varroa mites


    • 24 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom Meeting
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    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting

    This month's meeting topic is swarm management with Stephen Repasky, nationally recognized author and consultant is a second generation beekeeper from Pittsburgh, PA.  Along with being a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society he is the current President of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, past president and co-founder of Burgh Bees, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation.  He is also an active member of the PA Queen Bee Improvement Project and is a member of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania State Apiary Advisory Board.  Stephen manages approximately 200 colonies as single brood chambers and is involved in honey production, queen rearing and the selling of nucleus hives each spring and summer to those interested in starting or expanding their own beekeeping adventure!

    Stephen had his first book published by Wicwas Press in 2014 entitled " Swarm Essentials" and can be found teaching beekeeping classes and workshops in the Pittsburgh area and presenting lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics at local clubs and many regional and national conferences around the United States.


    • 9 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Zoom Meeting


    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting

    Check out the details here!

    ·        In the beeyard: Lighting smokers. Bring your smokers.

     Preparing for package arrival or nuc pick-up

    ·        Equipment needed (review)

    ·        Ordering equipment and packages (review)

    ·        Assembling equipment (review)

    ·        Hive locations (review)

    ·        Installing packages and nucs, feeding and pollen substitute

    ·        When and how to use smoke

    ·        Mite assessment and oxalic acid dribble/vapor


    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting


    • 25 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting



    • 3 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 2011 Shearer Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446

    Pick up will be staggered to ensure everyone's safety.

    Please visit their website for any questions.

    http://pabeekeeper.com/

    • 13 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting


    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting



    • 28 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting


    • 1 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2011 Shearer Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446

    Pick up will be staggered to ensure everyone's safety.

    Please visit their website for any questions.

    http://pabeekeeper.com/

    • 11 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 18 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    • 26 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 27 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center



    • 8 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 15 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    • 23 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center



    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 20 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    • 21 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Note this is the 3rd week of the month instead of the 4th week. Change is for this month only. 

    • 22 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Annual Picnic

    We are hoping to be able to get back to 'normal' and have our annual picnic as our July General Meeting. Date and location TBD.

    Stay tuned for more information!

    • 10 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    • 25 Aug 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 26 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center



    • 14 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 21 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting
    • 22 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center

    Note this is the 3rd week of the month instead of the 4th week. Change is for this month only. 

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center



    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center



    • 9 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • 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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