Upcoming Events

SBA February meeting

Overview of SBA activities and resources

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February 10, 2016, 7PM

Maryland State Beekeepers Association winter meeting

Howard County Fairgrounds

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February 16, 2016

Beekeeping Short Course

Harford County Community College

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March-April, 2016

SBA March meeting

Guest speaker Dennis vanEnglesdorp

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March 9, 2016, 7PM

Beekeeping Conference

West Chester University (PA)

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March 12, 2016


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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

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Photo credits throughout: Dennis Hertzog, Brian Greenlee

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

The new newsletter has arrived! Another terrific newly added resource is a set of columns by Mryl Stone (CCBA) on varroa research and management.

A pollen color chart is now available on the Supporting Pollinators page, thanks to Johnny Banks at Metro Beekeepers in Fort Worth.

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.

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!

Prehistoric bees

A recent study from the University of Bristol suggest that bees have been kept by humans for nearly 10,000 years. After finding beeswax and propolis in cooking pots from Turkey and other areas, researchers concluded that these communities were actively keeping bees. Wonder what they used for protective gear.
The article is worth looking at if only for the amazing image of a hollow log hive. Bees are incredible engineers . . . and artists!