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Jefferson County Beekeepers

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. at Hartzell's Honeys and Bee Supplies, Brookfield, Pa. For more information call 814-653-2054.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. at Dutch Gold Honey, Lancaster. Honey Round Up and Election of officers For additional information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. at Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. Annual Banquet. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Contact Aaron Kolb at 570-323-8670 for more information.

West Virginia Beekeepers Spring Conference

April 21 & 22, Olglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV, sponsored by the Tri-State Beekeepers Association. Reduced rates for early registration. Visit the website for more information and to register.

Kids and Bees "Beekeeping Academy"

Thursday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.at the University of Delaware. The Beekeeping Academy is a one day camp for up to twelve kids going into grades four through six. Students will spend their day in a fun and educational immersion into the world of the bee. The 2017 Bee Academy is a collaboration between the Eastern Apicultural Society, the American Beekeeping Federation, University of Delaware, and the Bee Girl organization. Tuition for the academy is $60 per student. Details

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact the Agricultural Extension Office at 570-253-5970 – EXT 4110.

Country Barn Farm Bee Club

Thursday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh. For futher information contact joe@countrybarnfarm.com.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St, Clarks Summit. All are welcome. Date of meeting is occasionally changed due to Library activities--please use facebook or email (see info links below) to make sure of meeting dates. For additional information, contact Renee Czubowicz, 570-335-3091 or Dr. Maggie Miller, 570-877-3064 or visit the club’s Facebook page or email lackawannabackyardbeekeepers@gmail.com.

Burgh Bees

Saturday, June 16, PA Queen Improvement Field Day (Day 1 of 2) Nuc Building Workshop. In cooperation with the PA Queen Improvement Project and Burgh Bees, this two-part event will provide an outstanding educational opportunity and daughter queens reared from instrumentally inseminated queens of Purdue improved genetic stock. (Day 2 is June 30.) Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=7168 for additional information.

Burgh Bees

Saturday, June 16, Open Apiary. Want to learn more about bees and beekeeping? Want to see inside a beehive? Want to tour our Certified Pollination Gardens? Then, come out to our monthly Open Apiary.

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Queen Grafting Workshop

Sunday, June 24, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Always Summer Herbs, 199 Magill Rd, Slippery Rock. sponsored by the Purdue C.A.R.E Grant in conjunction with the PA Queen Bee Improvement Project. Instructors: Jeff Berta and Steve Repasky.
Class: This is a hands on workshop so bring your veil. The creation of starter and finisher colonies will be discussed and demonstrated along with techniques for queen breeding and improving local PA stock. You will be grafting under the direction of Jeff and Steve. Bring a well ventilated queenless nuc with lots of nurse bees and take home any grafts that you make!
Cost: $75.00 – Includes instruction, a grafting tool, grafting cups, cell bar and frame.
Registration: Space is limited to 20 people so register now by emailing your name and phone number to meadowsweetbees@gmail.com with the words PA Queen Improvement in the subject line. Payment will be collected the day of the event.

Burgh Bees

Monday, June 25, at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery, 1291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh. Monthly Meet Up & Discussion. Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Burgh Bees

Saturday, June 30, PA Queen Improvement Field Day (Day 2of 2 ) Queen Distribution Workshop. In cooperation with the PA Queen Improvement Project and Burgh Bees, this two-part event will provide an outstanding educational opportunity and daughter queens reared from instrumentally inseminated queens of Purdue improved genetic stock. Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=7168 for additional information.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Burgh Bees

Sunday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Settlers Cabin Park – Gilbert Love Shelter. Annual Picnic. Cost: $10 per adult. Kids under 18 are free (The Cooked Goose will provide a buffet.)

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Delaware Valley University Beekeeping Course (Introductory Beekeeping)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 20, 21, 22, at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration.

Burgh Bees

Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery, 1291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh. "Special Evening Lecture Event" Kirsten Traynor, PhD, Editor American Bee Journal.

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Empire State Honey Producers Fall Meeting

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 1 - 3, at the at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - Syracuse Destiny USA, 311 Hiawatha Blvd West, Syracuse, NY.   Details

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

North East PA Beekeepers - Intro to Beekeping

Saturday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. The seminar will cover all aspects of beekeeping and will be led by Charlie Kinbar, President of the NE PA beekeepers. Duration of the seminar will be 4 hours. Please register early as space is limited. Fee will be $10.00, which also includes a 1 year membership in the club. Register by contacting Dale at delep44@aol.com or call 570 497-6402.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), 540 North Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap. Vendors for packages and nucs will be present and there will be discussions about various topics. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, July 13, at Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. North Western Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association will sponsor the picnic.

The Executive Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. Clubs are encouraged to send a representative.

Lunch will be served around 12:30 p.m. The North Western PA BKA will provide the entrée and W. Fisher Bee Farm will provide drinks, cups, plates, cutlery, and napkins. Members are requested to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be a Queen Swap and Sale, so bring your best genetics to trade or prepare a queenless colony before the picnic and purchase a queen to improve or diversify your stock. Remember, queens reared after the summer solstice will be less likely to swarm next spring.

More details including directions on our picnic page.

Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) Society Conference

July 8 - July 10, at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Details at www.heartlandbees.org

Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Conference and Short Course

July 15 - July 19, at Greenville, SC (Hilton Greenville, 43 West Orchard Park Drive).    Registration   Additional information, including speakers, events, volunteer opportunites, and accomodations, available at the EAS website. You may also view the flyer.

Delaware Valley University Introductory Beekeeping Course

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 26, 27, 28, at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 13-15, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Rt. 45. Admission and parking are free. More information at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.

Hours
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed to scoop and serve honey ice cream at Ag Progress Days. The proceeds from this event go directly to support the Pennsylvania Honey Queen program. For more information, please contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com or phone 717-242-4373.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 7 of 8 classes from February to September; 4th Tuesday of month) There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00 followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00. Please note - veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Details and Tickets For more information e-mail: info@bucksbeekeepers.com.

APIMONDIA 2019

September 8 - 12, in Montreal. For additional information, visit www.apimondia2019.com/.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 8 of 8 classes from February to September; 4th Tuesday of month) There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00 followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00. Please note - veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Details and Tickets For more information e-mail: info@bucksbeekeepers.com.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg. For more information visit www.MonroeCountyBeekeepers.org, email monroecountyba@gmail.com, or 'Like' the Facebook page.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. at E Compton Hall, 210 E Normal St, Edinboro. Further information at www.nwpabeekeepers.com/events-calendar.html.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg. For more information visit www.MonroeCountyBeekepers.org, email monroecountyba@gmail.com, or 'Like' the Facebook page.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, November 15, at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Learning Rendezvous. (Learning Rendezvous locations may change if workshops being planned do not fit well with the barn's use policies.) For further information, contact Burl Knupp at 724-493-0843.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building at the Butler County Community College located at 107 College Dr, Butler. Details at their Facebook page.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, November 23, at 10:00 a.m. at E Compton Hall, 210 E Normal St, Edinboro. Further information at www.nwpabeekeepers.com/events-calendar.html.

Capital Area Beekeepers/York/Lancaster Tri-County Meeting

Thursday, December 12, at Purcell Hall, Hershey. Speaker: Daniel C. Reynolds, University of Maryland Faculty Research Assistant & Co-head of the Sentinel Apiary Program (Bee Informed Partnership). Contact Gary Carns, homers3@comcast.net if you plan to attend.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Regular Meeting. For further information, contact Burl Knupp at 724-493-0843.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 PM in the Science and Technology Building at the Butler County Community College located at 107 College Dr, Butler. Details at their Facebook page.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 4 - 11, 2020 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers’ Association’s showcase annual event and the primary source of fund raising for the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. See details, exhibitor, and volunteer information on our Farm Show page.

American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow

January 8 - 11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Schaumburg, Illinois. Keynote presentations: Dr. Samuel Ramsey, University of Maryland; Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Blue Dasher Farm; Dr. May Berenbaum, University of Illinois. Regular registration ends December 14th. Visit the ABF website: abfconference.com for registration and additional information.

Perry County Beekeepers Club

Sunday, January 19, 1:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield. Bring a Snack - dish for 1/2 hour lunch fellowship . Meeting begins at 1:30. Visit the website or contact Tereasa Houtz at 717-789-3683 for more information.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Soergel's Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford. Lunch and handouts included. Adults $67, Youth under 18, $35. Visit www.beavervalleybees.net to register.

Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Southwestern PA

Saturday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Greater Washington County Food Bank, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville. For further information, contact Betty Robison at 724-554-7338.

Perry County Beekeepers School

Saturday, February 1, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at At Perry Lodge, 101 Sylvan Street, Marysville. Cost: $30 per student (includes lunch, class materials, instruction and good time making new friends!). Please make Check Payable to : Perry County Beekeepers Club Send check and application to 300 Flint Drive Landisburg, PA 17040. Visit the website or contact Tereasa Houtz at 717-789-3683 for more information.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, February 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Sisters of St Joseph, 1020 W State Street, Baden. Regular meeting. For more information visit www.beavervalleybees.net.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers - Introduction to Beekeeping

February 5, 12, 26 & March 11, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Rothrock Library, rooms 107/108 on the campus of LCCC in Schnecksville, PA. Register on-line at www.lehighvalleybeekeepers.org. Spaces are first-come, first served and usually fill up. Email if you have questions. Save $5 on registration if you register by 1/15/2020.

Chester County Beekeepers

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton. Everyone is welcome to come 30 minutes early for informal Q&A and networking with your fellow beekeepers. Coffee and hot water for tea provided, bring a snack for others to share. For further information, contact Jack McMichael at treasurer@chescobees.org.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday Night and Saturday, February 14 & 15, 2020, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa.

Features keynote speakers Keith Delaplane, Brock Harpur, Ian Steppler along with regional and local experts. The seminar runs Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 am and runs from 8:00 - 5:00. Saturday afternoon features 11 breakout session choices! The price for Friday night and all day Saturday is $65.

All Seminar attendees are invited to Drop one bottle of their honey at the registration table of the seminar to be arranged for a photograph that will show case all of the dedicated local beekeepers in our area. The photo will be included as a part of the press release that goes out to all of the local and regional publications. Everyone who brings honey will have the opportunity (not obligation) to provide his or her name, location, as well as variety of honey. This will be included on the beavervalleybees.net website after the Seminar. All donated honey must conform to Pennsylvania labeling laws. The honey will be donated to food banks in the Monroeville area.

An all day Beekeeping 101 Course for new beekeepers taught by several area experts will be offered in tandem with the Seminar on Saturday for $90. Everyone attending the new beekeeper course is welcome to attend the Friday night keynote presentation with the main group. Class registration includes the class, lunch, and a copy of Storey's Guide to Keeping Honeybees. You will also have time on the breaks between sessions to visit the vendors and have an opportunity to see and handle the equipment beekeepers use everyday. We encourage those attending the class to read the first 17 pages of Beekeeping Basics PRIOR to class.

Registration and information on speakers, topics, beginning beekeeper class, vendors and hotels is available at www.beavervalleybees.net. Questions contact John Yakim 412-576-3062 or jyakim@aol.com.

Philadelphia Beekeeping Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Franklin Institute in Center City Philadelphia. This year's topic is "Urban Beekeeping With A Twist Of Vermont!" Speakers include Toni Burnham out of Washington DC, Timothy Paule & Nicole Lindsey from Detroit, Austin Martin from here in Philly, Tom Wilk joining us from NYC, and just to keep things interesting – Dan Childs hailing from Brookfield, VT. Visit the event website and eventbrite for speaker details, agenda, tickets and more.

Perry County Beekeepers Club

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield. Bring a Snack - dish for 1/2 hour lunch fellowship . Meeting begins at 1:30. Visit the website or contact Tereasa Houtz at 717-789-3683 for more information.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension, 107 Water St., Coudersport. Topics will include the introduction of new officers, and the demonstration of equipment, as well as splitting hives and how to raise queens. Future meetings will also be scheduled. Questions, email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at ACMH’s Wellness and Health Education Pavilion located at 79 Glade Road, Kittanning. (Take the West Hills exit on Rt 422.) Mark and his son Sam, owners and operators of Bedillion Honey Farm based out of Washington County PA will be describing their commercial operation and things they have learned along the way. They will have an open Q&A session in which we can seek to understand how they have typical overwintering losses of 5% to 10% each year.

For more information visit www.beekeepers-of-abci-pa.com or their Facebook page. You can call Secretary Marsha Alvino at 724-822-3394 or President Ken Bowman at 724-859-1893, or email the club at abcibeekeepers@gmail.com.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Skippack. Controlling the swarming impulse is critical to making a honey crop and retaining your good queen. When a colony swarms, the current queen and more than 50% of the bees in the colony leave. The number of remaining bees is seldom capable of making a large crop of honey. In some cases colonies will cast off several swarms leaving the colony so depleted it may not survive.

Experienced beekeepers Mark Antunes and Vincent Aloyo will describe what is known about the cause(s) of swarming and how to work with your bees to reduce the swarming impulse. They will detail methods to prevent your bees from heading to the trees, even if your bees have started the swarming process. Plus learn how to take advantage of the swarm instinct to improve your apiary. Although these methods are not always 100% successful, they will increase your chance of keeping your colonies strong and producing a honey crop.

Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or email montcopabees@gmail.com or visit their website for more information.

Franklin County Beekeepers - Beginner Beekeeping Basics

March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Snow Date: April 2), 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. (Entrance is on lower level facing the stream.) There will also be a Saturday field day April 11 for hands on in the hive experience. For more information email franklincountybeekeeperspa@gmail.com, or visit fcbapa.com for registration form. OR contact Penn State Extension Office, 717-263-9226, email at FranklinExt@psu.edu.

Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Southwestern PA

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Greater Washington County Food Bank, 909 National Pike West, Brownsville. For further information, contact Betty Robison at 724-554-7338.

Chester County Beekeepers

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton. Everyone is welcome to come 30 minutes early for informal Q&A and networking with your fellow beekeepers. Coffee and hot water for tea provided, bring a snack for others to share. For further information, contact Jack McMichael at treasurer@chescobees.org.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rt. 706 East, Montrose. Topics: Production of Comb Honey from hive to town with Richard Sheldon plus beekeeping tips & talks on Spring prep. Contact Ginny Wood at 570-934-1166 or visit susquehannabeekeeping.com for further information.

York County Beginner Beekeeping Classes

March - August York County Beekeepers Association is pleased to offer beginner Beekeeping 101 classes starting in March and meeting monthly through August. The classes will cover the tools and equipment needed, help you develop the necessary skills and knowledge to care for and manage a hive, in addition to pest management and identification. Instruction includes hands-on in the hive inspections to help you understand and walk you through your first full season of beekeeping.

Class sizes are limited and early registration is encouraged. A years' club membership is included in the registration fee.   Details and Registration   For any additional questions please use the contact form at the website.

Perry County Beekeepers Club

Saturday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield. Bring a Snack - dish for 1/2 hour lunch fellowship . Meeting begins at 1:30. Visit the website or contact Tereasa Houtz at 717-789-3683 for more information.

Chester County Beekeepers' Annual Conference

Saturday, March 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Merion & Schmucker Science Center, West Chester University, in West Chester. The Conference will consist of concurrent tracks for "New Bees", "Intermediate" & "Advanced" beekeeping, a vendor area with several dealers offering beekeeping equipment and supplies, nucleus colonies, beekeeping apparel, books and gifts. Featured speakers include: Randy Oliver, Deborah Klughers, and Les Crowder

Flyer   For more details and registration visit the conference website.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. at the Old Cambria County Ext. Office, Ebensburg. More information at www.ccbee.org.

Annual Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Monday, March 16, at Sterigenics, 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08079. The hive irradiation program allows beekeepers to provide an improved health opportunity for new bees installed in used and dead out wooden ware by killing AFB and other pathogens that infect honey bees.

Please note: Sterigenics will no longer allow us to stack and wrap pallets of hive equipment in their parking lot. For the associations and individuals hauling their equipment there it means they must have access to a fork lift, skid steer, or tractor with forks or a facility with a fork lift that will allow them to gather, stack, and wrap the hive equipment and then load the pallets of stretch wrapped hives on to their trucks and/or trailers to haul to Salem, NJ.

For further information, see these details and the updated instructions and visit the Montgomery County Beekeepers' Association website. Also available is a generically written announcement anyone may use to facilitate the gathering of hive equipment in his/her own area on their own or for a beekeeping organization. If you have hive equipment that you wish to process at Sterigenics, contact Mark Antunes at honeyhillfarm@verizon.net.

West Virginia Beekeepers Spring Conference

Saturday, March 21, at the Randolph County Armory in Elkins, WV.   Website   Flyer

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. at ACMH’s Wellness and Health Education Pavilion located at 79 Glade Road, Kittanning. (Take the West Hills exit on Rt 422.) Panel discussion on upcoming issues and practices in the apiary. For more information visit www.beekeepers-of-abci-pa.com or their Facebook page. You can call Secretary Marsha Alvino at 724-822-3394 or President Ken Bowman at 724-859-1893, or email the club at abcibeekeepers@gmail.com.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Skippack. Every beekeeper understands that the health of a strong colony begins with the queen laying an abundance of eggs that have been fertilized from a number of healthy drones. Because queens only mate several times early in life, they must maintain their sperm in a specialized storage organ until they die. If a queen gets too hot or too cold, the stored sperm start to die. So how is too hot or too cold and what can beekeepers do about it?

Dr. Alison McAfee studies honey bee reproductive health, focusing on factors affecting sperm viability. Information in her presentation will help beekeepers better understand the biological processes underlying sperm viability and contribute to best-practice recommendations to limit adverse exposure of the queens from environmental factors such as heat-shock, cold-shock, and pesticide exposure, that can dramatically reduce sperm viability.

In addition, Jeff Eckel, State Honey Bee Inspector and outstanding local beekeeper, will share the beekeeping management he is currently performing, how to identify if a colony is “performing well” or “not so well,” and what management to perform as a result of this information.

Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or email montcopabees@gmail.com or visit their website for more information.

Chester County Beekeepers

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton. Everyone is welcome to come 30 minutes early for informal Q&A and networking with your fellow beekeepers. Coffee and hot water for tea provided, bring a snack for others to share. For further information, contact Jack McMichael at treasurer@chescobees.org.

PSBA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference

Saturday and Sunday, November 7 & 8, at the Ramada, State College. Note the days have changed to Saturday and Sunday. Details will be posted as the event approaches.

If you are a representative of a local PA bee association and would like your event listed here, please contact webmaster@pastatebeekeepers.org with the date, time, and location of the event. Preferably include website link or contact information for further details.

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