Upcoming Events

SBA June meeting

June 8, 2016 7PM

Bel Air Farmer's Market

May 28, 2016 7:30AM - 10AM

Our SBA members will be "talking bees" at this Saturday's Bel Air Farmer's Market.

We'll be swarming with the Master Gardeners at their booth.

Many within our membership visit the Market regularly so stop by and chat, or volunteer for an hour or two! If you can assist, contact Dennis Hertzog.

Intermediate Beekeeping Lessons

May-Sept, next session May 15, 2016

This is a series of standalone classes offered by CMBA and MARC, for those with some beekeeping experience.

For more information or to sign up for one or more sessions, see the Maryland agricultural resource council page.

Eastern Apicultural Society 2016 conference

July 25-29, 2016, Stockton University, NJ (near Atlantic City)

Over 110 lectures and open apiary sessions!

Download flyer here


Join the SBA! Learn about member benefits here.

Current members: there are 52 (at least) ways for you to commit just a little or just a little more of your time and talents to the club! You'll have no trouble finding where you fit in.

2015-2016 SBA Board Members:

Harry Dutcher, President
Charles Thomas, Vice President
Rita Kryglik, Secretary
Pat Endres, Treasurer
Dennis Hertzog, Past President

Aileen Richards, newsletter editor

Contact us!

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Photo credits throughout: Dennis Hertzog, Brian Greenlee, Todd Cichonowicz

The goal of the SBA is to educate association members and the public about honeybees, beekeeping and related arts, to provide a resource for established beekeepers, to aid new beekeepers in bee management techniques, to inform the public about the value of honeybees, and to promote beekeeping in general!

Watch this space! links to recent updates

Read about the SBA seed programs—this is an exciting and beautiful way to increase honeybee and wild bee habitat.
The lending library is up and running. Available materials include a wide variety of books and DVDs, available for member checkout.
Make your commute a learning experience with The Beekeeper's Corner Podcast.

Seasonal information

Hopefully you don't need this very useful article: Why did my honey bees die? (Bee Informed Partnership)
Check out what's blooming, with this handy chart, and, just in time for spring, a pollen color chart is now available on the Supporting Pollinators page, thanks to Johnny Banks at Metro Beekeepers in Fort Worth. Your bees need nectar, too! do you know what they're foraging for?
Some bees move farther than others, thanks to human transportation, nicely mapped out by National Geographic.

Learn from your fellow bee (keepers)

The January/February newsletter is available. Highlights include:
  • how to start NOW to ensure hive health and a successful season, including a very sweet column
  • details of the seed swap and seed purchase programs
  • list of upcoming courses, meetings, and conferences
Explore additional resources from SBA members and meeting speakers, including articles and videos about bees and beekeeping, in the two sections under 'keeping bees,' above. In particular, look at the set of columns by Mryl Stone (CCBA) on varroa research and management.

Bee Informed, Sentinel Apiary, and Hive Scales

Susquehanna Beekeepers participate in The Bee Informed Partnership, The Sentinel Apiary Project, and the Hive Scale Program. Click on the photo to check out our hive!