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    • 27 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Class


    • 28 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Meeting
    “Honey Bee Disease Identification and Management”

    Steve Repasky (Via zoom) 

    As beekeepers, we all want to keep our bees healthy, so it is important to not only be able to identify their diseases but also to provide the appropriate management.

    Stephen Repasky will present via Zoom “Honey Bee Disease Identification and Management,” and he is more than qualified to teach this subject. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, is a certified Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper, current President of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, author of the book titled “Swarm Management,” involved in numerous local and national beekeeping organizations, teaches beekeeping classes and workshops in the Pittsburgh area, and presents lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics at local clubs and many regional and national conferences around the United States. Stephen currently manages approximately 150 colonies and is involved in honey production, queen rearing and the selling of nucleus hives. We are fortunate to have him share his expertise on this important beekeeping subject.


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


    • 16 Jun 2020
    • 6:45 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center
    Tropilaelaps Mites: A Fate Worse Than  Varroa

    Dr. Sammy Ramsey (via Zoom) 

    Tropilaelaps mites are spreading across the globe at a rate very similar to that of Varroa in the 1960’s, roughly 20 years before they arrived in the US. If they continue to spread this way, it’s possible that they could be here just as quickly. These mites are much more destructive than Varroa with faster population growth, greater mobility, and no pesticides currently labeled for their treatment. There’s a lot to learn about them. This presentation details what we already know and what we still need to figure out.


    Samuel Ramsey's enduring interest in insect biology started 23 years ago and shows no signs of waning. Having earned his doctorate from Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland, Dr. Ramsey maintains a focus on how insect research can benefit the public through the development of IPM strategies and STEM-based outreach initiatives. His award-winning research on Varroa biology has changed the standing paradigm on how this parasite ultimately kills honey bees leading to opportunities to share his work nationally and internationally. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011 focusing his research on predator/parasite behavior. His current work, aptly named the Fight the Mite Initiative, was funded largely by the beekeeping community. It focuses on the poorly understood Tropilaelaps mite which is rapidly establishing itself as the next threat to apiculture globally. He is now based in Thailand studying the biology and behavior of this pest and what it will ultimately take to kill it, ensuring in the event of its arrival in the US, we'll have the knowledge and resources to respond effectively.


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


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


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


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

    “Using Nucs in your Beekeeping Operation”

    Dr. Jamie Ellis (via Zoom) 

    Dr. Jamie Ellis, is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida where he has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research related to honey bees. He has written widely on many topics as a result of his research, and you may have read one of his articles in American Bee Journal.

    He will present via Zoom,  “Using Nucs in your Beekeeping Operation.” “Nucs” are small honey bee colonies housed in small hives. Consequently, their importance in beekeeping is often overlooked. Dr Ellis will describe how nucs can become an indispensable tool in one’s beekeeping operation.


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


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


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

     “Lotions, Butters, Salves and Lip Treatments”

    Rachel Newby (live)

    What to do with all your extra beeswax?

    One way to get more out of your beekeeping investment is creating body products, full of protecting beeswax, for yourself and your family. Rachel will talk you through the basics, including rendering beeswax, basic equipment and ingredients, and the benefits some ingredients have for your skin.

    Rachel Newby is a third-generation beekeeper (her grandmother was a member of MCBA) and has been keeping bees for eight years. She is the owner of New-Bee Ranch, LLC, a small farmette in western Montgomery County that provides small-batch seasonal foods in addition to honey and beeswax products.


    • 13 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 10 Nov 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 8 Dec 2020
    • 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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