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Bucks County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)

Tuesday, March 13, at the Plumbsteadville Grange, Plumbsteadville. Contact Gary Schongalla-Bowman at gschongalla@verizon.net for more information, ** (previous email) email ** or visit their website

Franklin County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Office, located at 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. There will also be a field day at a local apiary on Saturday, March 24 or 31 (depending on weather). For additional information or to register, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 717/263-9226.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact Dolores Motichka at 570-253-2203 or email.

2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow

January 8-12, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Read the announcement, then watch for upcoming details on the ABF conference Web site.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers - Beginner Beekeeping course

Saturday, February 16, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.at Berks Ag. Center. $25 lunch and book included. Flyer with details For more information contact Bill at 610-678-7630.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, June 15, Bee Yard Experience. For more information, email Tara Miller at beecharmer1@verizon.net.

Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference

Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13, at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN. Details at the HAS website

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, August 5-9, at West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. More information at the EAS website.    EAS Speakers
EAS Planning Committee Update
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Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 13-15, at at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa. Details

Fourth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 6,7,8, at Bartram’s Gardens, Wyck Historic House, and Wagner Free Institute of Science. The 3-day festival is free, educational, and open to the public!   Details

Central Western Beekeepers

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.at St. Johns Reformed Church. Pot Luck Dinner. For more information, contact Robert McMillin, email rmcmill@zoominternet.net.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, email Tara Miller at beecharmer1@verizon.net.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), Pleasant Gap, PA. Elections and social gathering. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

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.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 4 - 11, 2014 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg.

People are needed to help at both the Honey Booth, located in the Food Court, and the Honey Stand, located in the Marketplace. If you could give a half-day or more it would be appreciated.

The Honey Booth offers waffles and honey ice cream along with bottled honey. The Honey Stand offers bottled honey and bee products that are donated by you, the PA beekeeper.

If you are interested in donating bottled honey, bee products or your time, please contact Aaron Fisher at 717- 242-4373. To donate your time at the Marketplace, contact Tom Jones at 717-243-0356.

The money from the sales goes back to the Pa. Beekeepers Promotional Fund and is used for the Pa. Honey Queen program and the promotion of honey throughout the state.

Sign up to share your knowledge of the honey bee with the public at the Farm Show "Learning Center". We are now front and center in the large exhibit hall. People are excited and eager to learn about the trials and tribulations of this efficient pollinator and you can be a part of this by simply volunteering a few hours of your time. Contact Sharon McDonald at sailor.mac.bruce@gmail.com to volunteer.

Sign up sheets for the Honey Booth, Honey Stand & Large Exhibit Hall will be located on the registration desk at the annual meeting.

Don’t forget to show off this year’s honey harvest by participating in the Farm Show Apiary Products Show.

North American Beekeeping Conference & Trade Show

January 7-11, 2014 at The River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For more information, visit their website: http://www.nabeekeepingconference.com

Beginning Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 101

Three classes will be held on Monday, January 13, Wednesday, January 15, and Monday, January 20 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh.
Registration: http://burghbees.com/?product=beekeeping-101

Honey Bee Expo 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the West Virginia University/Parkersburg WV. Early registration $20.00 per person if received by January 3 ($25.00 per person at door). Sponsored by the WVU Extension Services and the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association. For application or information call (304)375-4919 or visit www.angelfire.com/nb/movba/expo2014.html.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, Pa. Registration required by January 25, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

PennApic Essay Contest

Entries required by Saturday, March 1. The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an essay contest for youth to win a free beehive complete with honeybees or, as an alternative, $100 in vendor credit at its Spring Workshop! Any young person up through the age of 17 may enter the contest by writing an essay about the value of honeybees and why he or she is interested in owning a hive. All entrants will receive a free one-year membership to PennApic. View Details

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Penn State Extension Westmoreland County 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, Pa. Registration required by February 1, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

4th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at William Penn Charter School on 3000 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. Speakers for the event are Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, authors of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping.” Details and registration at www.phillybeekeepers.org/2013/12/february-9-natural-beekeeping-symposium/.   View the Press Release

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 14 & 15, at Four Points by Sheraton, Pittsburgh North, Mars, Pa. The cost is $50 for Participants and $30 for their Guests and Children under 18. Registration required by February 8, 2014.   Visit the event's website for details, agenda, directions, and to register.

Advanced Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 201

Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh. “What to Expect in Your Second Year and Beyond". See information at the Burg Bees Website.

Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) Seminar

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.at the HVCC TEC-SMART Extension building at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta NY. Details and Registration (pdf format). Also see their website.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Discussion on winter losses. Bring your questions and ideas. For more information, contact Aaron Kolb at 570-323-8670.

Spring Honey Bee Assessment and Care

Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley Apiary on the Penn State Campus, University Park. With all the issues affecting honeybees today, it is important to monitor hives closely. Maryann Frazier, Senior Research Associate at Penn State will show participants how to assess the post-winter health of hives, prep hives for a new season, feed bees until the pollen is plentiful and install nukes or packages of bees. Participants will open and "read" hives and assess feeding needs, queen health and size of hives to insure strong hives for the coming season. Maryann will also discuss recent research focusing on monitoring and managing mites in the hive. She will discuss whether nukes or packages work best and where to order these as well as new queens. Further details and registration.

Capital Area Beekeepers - Short Course

Thursday, May 3 & 10, 27th Annual Short Course for new beekeepers For more information, contact Jim Hoover at 717 691-1413 or email hooverdron@aol.com.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, May 18, 2:00 p.m. at the residence of Bernie and Anne Svidergol, Ebensburg. More information at their website or by email.

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. in the Rhul Community Room, at the Penn State York Campus. Guest speaker, Dr. Vince Aloyo: “Pheromones in the Hive”. For more information, contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. in the Rhul Community Room, at the Penn State York Campus. Guest speaker: Charlotte Hubbard, humorist and beekeeper. For more information, contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver County Conservation Wetlands, Aliquippa. “Making Splits for Overwintering.” For more information, contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, or email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, July 2, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, July 9, at the Monroe Co. Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. For more information, contact Bob Armstrong at 570-620-9421 or email.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose. How to: Facts about queen rearing. For more information, contact James Wood at 570-934-1166 or email jimnginw@epix.net.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers & Burgh Bees

Saturday, July 12, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Gary Sekinger’s home, Sewickley. Picnic. For more information, contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, or email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, July 15, 6:00 p.m. at the Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center, Manheim. For more information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, July 17, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Louis M. Moore Park, Bethlehem (tentative). Club Picnic and plant swap. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Capital Area Beekeepers

Friday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. at Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, McClay Street, Harrisburg. For more information, contact Linda Purcell at 717-566-6327, or email linda.sweetbee@gmail.com.

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. in the Rhul Community Room, at the Penn State York Campus. Guest speaker, Joe Lewis “Beekeeping 2.5” For more information, contact honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Saturday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. Summer Potluck Picnic at the historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr. Contact Jim Bobb at 610-584-6778 or JimBobb@Verizon.net or visit their website: for more information

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 9, at the Wade Fisher Bee Farm, 3950 Ferguson Valley Road, McVeytown Pa. 17051. The PSBA Executive Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. General gathering at noon, with lunch to follow at 1:00.

Our hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products (plates/cutlery/napkins etc.). All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

The location features the primary apiary and honey extraction facility for the Fisher’s, a small zoo with various animals, and a creek for cooling off. Plus the opportunity to fellowship with other beekeeepers! A Queen Swap and scoring hives will be demonstrated. New PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will be available.

Directions from Mt. Union
Where 522 and 22 merge(Just outside of Mt. Union), continue on 522N, 22E for approximately 7 miles to Ferguson valley Road, Make left hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, in approximately 1 mile Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.
Directions from Lewistown:
Get on 522 S bypass at Lewistown, follow approximately 11 miles to red light in McVeytown. Continue strait on 522S/22W for 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road, Make right hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, in approximately 1 mile Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.
View it on a map

Ag Progress Days

August 13-15, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, 2710 W. Pine Grove Rd.,Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865. Details at agsci.psu.edu/apd. To volunteer at the PSBA Booth, contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com or call 717-242-4373.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, August 13, at the Monroe Co. Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. For more information, contact Bob Armstrong at 570-620-9421 or email.

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 16 Check with your local association, as there are multiple associations hosting special events.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m. at Aucker’s Apiaries, Millville. Email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m. at Ebersole’s home in Lancaster. Picnic. For more information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington. Black bears & Bees, Pa. Game Commission WCO (TBD) Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Contact Jim Bobb at 610-584-6778 or JimBobb@Verizon.net or visit their website: for more information

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 3, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 10, at the Monroe Co. Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. For more information, contact Bob Armstrong at 570-620-9421 or email.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose For more information, contact James Wood at 570-934-1166 or email jimnginw@epix.net.

Chester County Beekeepers

Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. at Stroud Preserve. Visit the CCBA website at www.chescobees.org for more information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Kutztown University. Movie Night, showing: “More than Honey”. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 for more information or check their calendar.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Contact Jim Bobb at 610-584-6778 or JimBobb@Verizon.net or visit their website: for more information

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 at the Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver County Conservation Wetlands, Aliquippa. “What’s happening in your bee yard.” – Question & Answer For more information, contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506, or email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com

PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15, at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg. This year's PSBA Conference will focus primarily on queens, their function in and importance for the well being of the hive. We are in the process of finalizing the speakers. First is Dr. Heather Matilla, Associate Professor of Biology at Wellesley College, who studies the organization of animal societies, insect communication, and the evolution of cooperation, using the honey bee as a model.

Her current research examines ways that honey bees use communication to organize their group activities. Through field work and genetic studies, she is exploring how and why genetic diversity within a honey bee colony enhances the productivity of a colony’s foraging effort.

Dr. Matilla spends a good deal of time throughout the year traveling to speak at scientific conferences (such as the International Society for Behavioral Ecology and the IS for the Study of Social Insects) and to beekeepers as to how their queen management practices affect the productivity of their colonies.

Dr. Matilla will give two presentations on the second day of the conference (Saturday).

Watch for further details as the event approaches.

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