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    • 23 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    The impacts of management on honey bee health: a comparison of three management systems

    Dr. Robyn Underwood received her BSc in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware and her PhD in Entomology from the University of Manitoba.  As an Assistant Research Professor, her research program focuses on honey bee health and practical beekeeping considerations. Specifically, she is studying the impacts of honey bee colony management (COMB) and queen origin on colony health and productivity. Her ongoing projects include experiments that assess the practical implications of different types of beekeeping philosophies (conventional, organic and treatment free), performance of honey bee queens from various genetic lines, and how different types of feed impact honey bee health. These ongoing projects have been extramurally funded (totaling almost $1.5 million) and have generated several extension product outputs. She has been part of the creation of several extension articles and webinars, and is working on editing and updating Penn State’s Beekeeping Basics book, Penn State’s Beekeeping 101 online course as questions arise, and is planning many more activities, including intermediate and advanced beekeeping content and the creation of a web application to help beekeepers diagnose and respond to parasites, pests and pathogens in their hives. Her research and extension aspirations work hand in hand. Conducting scientifically sound research projects to study beekeeper-applied questions is critically important. Bringing the results of the projects to the beekeepers through extension products then improves the industry while making beekeeping a more successful venture. 

    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    We are happy to once again offer wax dipping for woodenware. 

    You must be an MCBA member in good standing to participate.

    Because of COVID19, we will be asking that you do not "hang out" while your hive(s) are being dipped.  We are asking that you drop off your woodenware and when it is completed, we will call you and let you know it is ready.  We are asking this for the safety of you and our volunteers Please also follow any current CDC guidelines in place during this time.

    This sign up will be closed after 10/14/2021.  Any sign ups after this date may be refused.

    Sign up here

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    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Vince Alloyo will have a mini presentation on winter feeding.

    Our main speaker will be Dr Simone-Finstrom. 

    He will present an overview of the wonders of propolis and the exciting nature of how honey bees’ use of antimicrobial plant resins as their own type of colony level immune defense. New research on the role of propolis in bee health and productivity in commercial beekeeping will be presented along with a discussion of ways that propolis can be collected and used by beekeepers.

    Dr. Simone-Finstrom has been a Research Molecular Biologist at the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge, LA since 2015. He earned his PhD at University of Minnesota, where he pioneered a line of work devoted to understanding the impacts of antimicrobial resin use by honey bees on colony health, which he still continues to study. Dr. Simone-Finstrom then earned a post-doc position and fellowship jointly with NC State University and the University of Pennsylvania on topics ranging from queen quality to migratory beekeeping to social immune defenses in honey bees. The overarching goals of all of his projects focus on how honey bees can be made stronger, healthier and more productive using their own natural defenses and traits. His current work aims to understanding how these traits work in concert in order to promote them within the beekeeping industry and identify components of viral resistance in honey bees.

    • 9 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

Past events

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


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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