Sep
26
Thu
General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Beekeeping is often defined as applied bee biology, learning what and how bees do what they do and then using this knowledge to improve harvest or pollination potential and or enjoyment of bee culture. Dr. Deborah Delaney, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will deliver a detailed presentation on Honey Bee Biology so that you can understand and utilize this information. She has over 20 years of experience working with pollinators, (specifically honey bees) and maintains between 50- 100 colonies in  Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Anyone who has heard her speak will testify that her presentations are informative, understandable and entertaining.
Additionally, association member Vincent Rinchiuso will discuss beekeeper liability insurance options and coverage.
Oct
24
Thu
General Meeting @ Montgomery County 4-H Center
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm
Honey Bee Management is changing. Technologies first envisioned in the 1960s are finally becoming available to both small-scale and professional beekeepers and are likely to further alter how honey bee colonies are managed. Emergent technologies cover a variety of scale hives, hive sensors, tracking systems for bees and beekeeping equipment, even systems for listening to bee colonies, with a rapidly growing assortment of apps for Smart Phones, and hive management software. Which, if any of these management systems best fits any specific beekeeper’s needs, is the crucial question.
Dr Jerry Bromenshenk will present via webcast, an overview of what is currently available to beekeepers with recommendations for choosing appropriate devices and software. He has a Ph.D. in insect ethology (behavior) from Montana State University, 46 years of experience with honey bees, continues to teach University of Montana’s Online Master Beekeeping program, and just this past spring launched the Smart Phone based Bee Health Guru App that you’ll surely want to understand before it become mainstream.
Additionally, association member Tommy Gamble will discuss how he constructs his own woodenware.