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Upcoming events

    • 25 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 26 May 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H club and Zoom

     All speakers will present via zoom, so everyone will also have the option of attending via zoom if you do not wish to attend in person.  Anyone attending in person will be required to wear a face mask if required by CDCNo drinks or snacks will be provided, but you may bring something for yourself.

    Mini presentation: George Balock  "The biology of bee stings and what to do about them."

    Main presenter:

    David R. Tarpy 

    University Scholar Professor and Extension Apiculturist

    Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University

    Topic: “Diagnosing queen problems: is it the queen, the colony, both, or neither?!” Practical advice—based on empirical research—looking at different symptoms and attributing whether or not the problem is the queen’s fault. A lesson in showing how we blame the queen way more often than it’s actually her fault.


    David Tarpy is a Professor of Applied Ecology and the NC Extension Specialist in honey bees. Among other extension initiatives, his program runs the Queen & Disease Clinic and the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (or BEES). His research interests focus on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. His lab focuses on the reproductive potential of commercially produced queens, testing their genetic diversity and mating success in an effort to improve queen quality. He has served on the boards of the NC State Beekeepers, the Eastern Apiculture Society, the Bee Informed Partnership, and the editorial boards of the top two scientific journals on apiculture. He is a highly sought-after speaker for clubs around the country and is in high demand to talk about the research coming out of his lab.


    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


    • 21 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H club and Zoom

     All speakers will present via zoom, so everyone will also have the option of attending via zoom if you do not wish to attend in person.  Anyone attending in person will be required to wear a face mask if required by CDCNo drinks or snacks will be provided, but you may bring something for yourself.

    Mini Presentation:

    Paul Niemczura will discuss varroa mites and a new EPA approved organic miticide expected to be available in 2023 which will increase the choices in our IPM.

    Main Topic:

    "Varroa and Risk Factors" 

    Description: High varroa mite infestations are closely associated with honey bee colony death. Even when colonies appear to have a similar start in spring, varroa mite populations can be different among colonies as the bee season progresses, even within the same apiary. This presentation will address factors that increase the likelihood a colony will have high mite levels.  Understanding what makes some colonies more prone to issues can help inform decisions on mite management and the frequency of mite monitoring.

    Katie Lee, PhD  

    Extension Educator and Researcher, University of Minnesota

    Bio: I am the Apiculture Extension Educator, a Bee Squad team member, and a post-doctoral researcher on the Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project led by Dr. Dan Cariveau. My work focuses on the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, metrics that indicate queen bee and colony health, and the benefits of pollinator plantings on bee health. I developed a parasitic mite sampling protocol that is now a nationwide standard. For the Bee Informed Partnership, I founded two extension teams that provide colony assessment services for commercial beekeepers. I serve on the boards of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation and co-chair the education and research committees.


    • 12 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


    • 19 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 27 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H Club


    • 30 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • The Carousel at Pottstown, 30 W King Street, Pottstown, PA

    Save the date!

    Annual picnic at The Carousel in Pottstown

    More info coming soon!

    • 9 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


    • 16 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H Club


    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


    • 20 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4-H Center


    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Montgomery County 4H Club


    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


    • 8 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Registration is closed


Past events

17 May 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #4
10 May 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
28 Apr 2022 General Meeting
27 Apr 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #3
19 Apr 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #3
14 Apr 2022 Queen Rearing and cell grafting class
12 Apr 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
2 Apr 2022 MCBA Members Wax Dipping
26 Mar 2022 MCBA Beginer Class Wax Dipping
24 Mar 2022 General Meeting
23 Mar 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #2
22 Mar 2022 Gamma Irradiation Program
15 Mar 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #2
8 Mar 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
24 Feb 2022 General Meeting
23 Feb 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #1
15 Feb 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #1
8 Feb 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
27 Jan 2022 General Meeting
14 Dec 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
13 Nov 2021 MCBA 2021 Fall Banquet
9 Nov 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
28 Oct 2021 General Meeting
16 Oct 2021 Wax Dipping Event
12 Oct 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
23 Sep 2021 General Meeting
22 Sep 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #8
21 Sep 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #8
14 Sep 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
26 Aug 2021 General Meeting
25 Aug 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #7
17 Aug 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #7
10 Aug 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
28 Jul 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #6
20 Jul 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #6
13 Jul 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
24 Jun 2021 General Meeting
23 Jun 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #5
22 Jun 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #5 - rescheduled to following week (6/22)
8 Jun 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
27 May 2021 General Meeting
26 May 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #4
18 May 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #4
11 May 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
1 May 2021 Package Pickup at Worcester Honey Farms
28 Apr 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #3
22 Apr 2021 General Meeting
20 Apr 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #3
13 Apr 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
3 Apr 2021 Package Pickup at Worcester Honey Farms
3 Apr 2021 Making Hives and Splits
27 Mar 2021 1st yr Class Wax Dipping
25 Mar 2021 General Meeting
24 Mar 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #2
20 Mar 2021 Wax Dipping Event
16 Mar 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #2
9 Mar 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
25 Feb 2021 General Meeting
24 Feb 2021 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #1
16 Feb 2021 New Beekeepers' Class #1
9 Feb 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
28 Jan 2021 General Meeting
12 Jan 2021 MCBA Board Meeting
8 Dec 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
10 Nov 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
22 Oct 2020 General Meeting
13 Oct 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
24 Sep 2020 General Meeting
23 Sep 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
15 Sep 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
27 Aug 2020 General Meeting
26 Aug 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
22 Aug 2020 Saturday Morning Bee Conversation
18 Aug 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
11 Aug 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
22 Jul 2020 Intermediate Beekeeping Class
21 Jul 2020 New Beekeepers' Class
14 Jul 2020 MCBA Board Meeting
12 May 2020 MCBA Board Meeting

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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