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    • 22 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)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Sandra Sweeney will be talking about making houses for native bees for our Mini Session.  

    This presentation is will be why purchasing a commercially made, garden department "bee hotel" will be futile and what you can make instead.  She will briefly touch on the life cycle of the bees as well because timing and location determine success. Download Making a house for native bees.docx to make a bee house for yourself.

    Jessica Shiffler will be presenting Native Plants in the Landscape for our Main Session.

    Learn about the ecological benefits of choosing native plants over turfgrass in your lawn and garden. Help native pollinators,  birds and our beloved non-native honeybees and provide four seasons of interest and function, all while beautifying your space!

    About Jessie:

    My husband and I started keeping honeybees 5 years ago, "to help save the bees!"  After attending many local beekeeping clubs' meetings and conferences, I began to realize that forage was a big topic of discussion. Tending the honeybees made me pay more attention to when plants were blooming and what was happening outside in general.   At the same time, I was becoming more educated about the importance of native plants for their ecological functions, but no one was mentioning this at beekeeping meetings.  As beekeepers, potentially putting pressure on the native ecosystem, we have a responsibility to give back and improve biodiversity for all the flora and fauna.  So I started giving presentations to educate beekeepers and homeowners about ways they can improve the ecological functioning of their property, by planting native plants - providing more forage for all bees, pollinators, birds and beyond!  I started a local chapter of the national non-profit group, Wild Ones, to help spread this message and to get native plants out in everyone's landscapes.  Help me heal the Earth, one yard at a time!



    • 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

    Mini Presentation:

    Greg Lehman will show a video of his hive inspection and swarm catch at the College Settlement School in Horsham.

    Recently, MCBA and CCBA collaborated to jointly  start a honeybee education for a non profit, summer camp for underprivileged city kids near Willow Grove. Thousands of kids will attend this 2 week sleepover camp in the summer and they will learn about honeybees and how valuable they are. 

    Our main presentation :

    Jennifer Berry

    Research Professional lll/PhD Student

    College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

    University of Georgia

    For the past 18 years, Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Professional and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research objectives have focused on improving honey bee health, the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and IPM techniques for varroa and small hive beetle control.

    More recently, Jennifer has undertaken several ambitious campaigns to educate people from all walks of life. She’s volunteered in Central and South America to teach women and young teens the art of beekeeping in order to enhance their ability for better employment and hopefully improve their quality of life. Jennifer has also been instrumental in launching the Georgia Beekeeping Prison Program by certifying inmates through the University of Georgia Master Beekeeper Program. In little over a year, 5 prisons have been added to the fold and are now teaching beekeeping behind bars. Numerous classes have already been certified, with many more to come. Plus, the prison program is striving to become as self-sustaining as possible, with each prison responsible for supplying something to the mix: queens, bees and/or woodenware. And finally she has been dutifully educating the public about the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to encourage their populations.

    Jennifer is a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine and occasionally for other publications across the pond. She travels extensively to speak to local, state, national and international students, groups and beekeeping associations. On weekends and evenings, Jennifer operates Honey Pond Farm, a honey bee venture which strives on rearing healthy bees while selecting queens for varroa tolerance, brood production, gentleness, and longevity. Several times a year she sells nucleus colonies and teaches how to rear superior queens at her farm in Georgia.

    Topic:

    Fighting for Our Bees:  

    As we all know, honey bees have been threatened for decades due to the widespread use of pesticides, modernization of farming practices, and habitat loss due to human expansion. However, the most detrimental and hardest blow to Apis mellifera has been the new heavy weight challenger, Varroa destructor. We are now in round 13 and Varroa is winning. Unfortunately, mites are not going away, but let’s give our bees the best coach, the best training and the best knockout punch to make it to the last round. This talk will delve into recent research from the UGA bee lab and investigate relationships between varroa and our bees. We will also discuss plans to postpone the inevitable or more optimistically, to finally win by knocking out our opponent. Time to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!  




    • 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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