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    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Zoom Meeting


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

    For our 'mini session' this month Scott Famous will tell us about his the background and lineage of the queens and how he chooses them for the queen cell program.

    For our main program we will have Dr. Ari├ín Avalos discuss "Varied strategies in honey bee breeding towards resistance to Varroosis"

    Dr. Avalos is a Research Geneticist at the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research (HBBGPR) Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA. His interests are honey bee genetics and its implementation into breeding for a variety of traits. He has previously conducted research furthering our understanding of genetic architecture mediating honey bee colony defensiveness and has participated in studies examining the scope of genetic variation across important honey bee populations including key research stocks such as Varroa resistant lines maintained at the HBBGPR laboratory. He is currently involved in research examining the genetic structure of key traits such as Varroa Sensitive Hygiene in honey bees and is part of a collaborative team assessing Amitraz resistance in Varroa populations. Dr. Avalos also works to incorporate modern genetic approaches and concepts in current honey bee breeding practices towards enhancing the HBBGPR mission of breeding better bees.

    • 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
    • 6:30 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

    Inspecting the hive beyond looking for the Queen

    Learn what the apiary inspectors are looking for when coming to you hive and pick up some tips on what you should be looking for every time you open your own hive. MCBA welcomes PA inspectors Nate Weber and Jeff Eckel to have an open discussion on what we can do to make our own inspections better. Bring your questions! They will also have a brief discussion on hive beetles. 

    Nate Weber is returning for his sixth year as an Apiary Inspector. He enjoys working his own colonies. As part of his inspector job, he enjoys meeting with beginner and experience beekeepers, talking bees and is happy to be doing his part to keep Pennsylvania's honey bees healthy and happy. He especially enjoys helping to educate people about honey bees. 

    Jeff Eckel has been a beekeeper for about 10 years and enjoys being an Apiary Inspector. He enjoys meeting and working with beekeepers, answering their questions and helping beekeepers learn to manage healthy bees along with learning more about bees himself. Jeff feel that being able to work outdoors is another great part of his job. 

    PA Bee Laws and the Inspection Program

    "The current Bee Law, passed in 1994, was a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers' Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry. To increase efficiency of the inspection service, the new law required all apiaries in the state to be registered. The cost of registration is $10 for two calendar years.

    The Bee Law continues to regulate the movement of honey bees, queens, and equipment into Pennsylvania in order to mitigate bee disease outbreak.

    Each year a team of apiary inspectors is hired to inspect colonies throughout Pennsylvania during the active bee season (approximately May-September). The program aims to inspect 50% of all colonies in the Commonwealth once every two years. Inspection efforts are focused on apiaries that had previous outbreaks of American Foulbrood (AFB). When an inspector finds or suspects a case of AFB, the apiary containing the colony is quarantined as samples are processed in Harrisburg to confirm infection. Beekeepers are notified of the diagnosis and, if positive, are provided a treatment order outlining treatment options that must be completed within 14 days of receiving the order.

    The Apiary Inspection Program also provides certification inspections for queen producers. The program also attempts to provide migratory beekeeping operations the certification they need to facilitate the safe and timely movement of bees in and out of the Commonwealth. The Bureau of Plant Industry does not have any regulations governing the sale of honey."


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


    • 15 Jun 2021
    • 6:30 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
    • 6:30 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
    • 6:30 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
    • 6:30 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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