General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Our May general meeting will cover some interesting and important information for beekeepers and nature lovers.
Dr. Gyan Hardwood will present via webcast on the mechanisms underlying transgenerational immune priming (TGIP). A PhD candidate in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, he has worked with honey bees looking at gene regulation, physiology, immunology, and behavior. His research focuses on the protein Vitellogenin and its role in the transfer of immune elicitors from gut to hypopharyngeal glands in honey bees. He will be presenting on how pieces of pathogens can be transferred from workers to queens and larvae in royal jelly. This process works for both bacterial and fungal pathogens, such as American foulbrood and Chalk Brood and understanding these mechanisms has led to the development of medical treatments, or “vaccines”, that can be administered to colonies to increase their resistance to diseases.
Additionally, Brian Walsh, will be sharing updated information about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and focusing on the threats that it’s presence has created for our agriculture, woodlands, and backyards. He is the owner of Salix Springs Landscaping which is based in Northern Montgomery County near the epi-center of the SLF arrival. His extensive hands on experience with this pest has led to his being a subject matter consultant for several insecticide manufacturers as well as research institutions including Penn State Entomology and Penn State Extension and he is also a member of the Penn State Extension Advisory Council for Montgomery County. SLF are here and their population is growing every year so you’ll want to hear what he has to say and ask him your questions.
Also, if you want to see and participate in hands on beekeeping, bring your veil and come early (6 P.M.) to the club apiary behind the 4H Center. Weather permitting, Don George will be opening and working the bees!!!
2nd Year Beekeepers’ Class @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm
Executive Board Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
What is the MCBAPA?

The Montgomery County Beekeepers’ Association of Pennsylvania (MCBAPA), is an organization of hobbyist and professional beekeepers that serves Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide education, support, hands-on training, and fellowship in all aspects of the beekeeping experience. We welcome experienced as well as novice beekeepers to participate in our monthly meetings, social events and field trips.

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Participation in a variety of activities and meetings on advanced beekeeping topics.

Access to a variety of educational material.

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Are you a beekeeper that may have infected equipment? Or a homeowner with an intimidating swarm of bees in your tree? The MCBAPA and its members offer a variety of services that can help. From education to swarm removal, the MCBAPA works to promote honeybee health in our community.

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