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


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


    • 25 Aug 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:

    Ellen Codd discusses why and when to use pollen patties

    Main Topic:

    Stephen Repasky on using single deep brood chambers for swarm management

    Stephen Repasky, nationally recognized author and consultant, is a second-generation beekeeper from Pittsburgh, PA.  Along with being a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society he is the past President of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, past president and co-founder of Burgh Bees, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Beekeeping Federation.  He is also an active member of the PA Queen Bee Improvement Project and is a member of the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research Advisory Board and the Pennsylvania State Apiary Advisory Board.  Stephen manages approximately 200 colonies as single brood chambers and is involved in honey production, queen rearing and the selling of nucleus hives each spring and summer to those interested in starting or expanding their own beekeeping adventure!

    Stephen had his first book published by Wicwas Press in 2014 entitled " Swarm Essentials" and can be found teaching beekeeping classes and workshops in the Pittsburgh area and presenting lectures on a variety of beekeeping topics at local clubs and many regional and national conferences around the United States.

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


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


    • 22 Sep 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: Beekeeper personality factors and hive management behavior.

    Gregory P. Shelley, Ph.D. is the chair of the psychology department and professor of psychology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  His general area of research is in personality and social decision making.  Dr. Shelley became a backyard beekeeper 5 years ago and holds a master beekeeping certificate from the University of Montana.  Since becoming a beekeeper, he has been interested in understanding how characteristics of the individual beekeeper (e.g., their personality and approaches to social decision making) might be related to the way in which they keep bees.  Dr. Shelley is working on a variety of projects with entomologists from Penn State University and Purdue University to understand beekeeper attitudes and behavior.

    Brief description:  The study identified aspects of beekeeper personality and social value orientation that were related to how the beekeeper manages their colonies, primarily the use of in-hive chemicals to manage mites.

    Main Topic: Thermoregulation and Ventilation

    Bill Hesbach is a Connecticut native with a background in engineering.

    He's an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper, a graduate of the University of Montana's master beekeeping program, and the Connecticut Beekeepers Association president.

    Bill also operates a sideline bee business called Wing Dance Apiary in Cheshire, CT., that produces a crop of artisanal raw honey and other natural hive products.

    Bill teaches bee biology and various beekeeping methods at meetings hosted by regional beekeeping clubs. Bill is an active member of the Eastern Apicultural Society, where he is part of the Master Beekeeper Certification program. Bill is a regular guest speaker at national beekeeping seminars and was presented the Distinguished Speaker Award at the 2019 EAS conference.

    His special interests in beekeeping include bee biology and flight and the connection between local flora and bee behavior. He's a published author, and his articles on beekeeping appear in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, and The American Bee Journal.

    Brief Description: This talk starts with how bees control the internal hive temperature using thermoregulation and what effect that has on the colony. Then we discuss convection flows inside a colony as a precursor to understanding ventilation. In the final segment, I introduce the concept of a condensing colony versus the more common practice of adding ventilation. When finished, you will better understand what role ventilation plays in a natural hive environment, where the bees control all the hive gases.

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


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


    • 27 Oct 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:


    Main Topic:


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


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


    • 26 Jan 2023
    • 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:


    Main Topic:


Past events

9 Aug 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
30 Jul 2022 Annual Picnic
27 Jul 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #6
19 Jul 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #6
12 Jul 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
23 Jun 2022 General Meeting
22 Jun 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #5
21 Jun 2022 Beginner Beekeepers' Class #5
14 Jun 2022 MCBA Board Meeting
26 May 2022 General Meeting
25 May 2022 Intermediate Beekeeping Class #4
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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