Make some time, even during the nectar flow, for one of the coolest meetings of the year. Our keynote will be Dr. May Berenbaum, University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. She's a great speaker, award winning teacher/scholar, and expert in the evolutionary interactions of insects and plants. She founded the BeeSpotter program, a web-based portal for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.
According to Wikipedia, Dr. Berenbaum "also had a character in The X-Files named after her: Dr. Bambi Berenbaum, a famous entomologist and love-interest of Agent Mulder."
Most consumers might assume that they can be sure that the contents of a honey bear or a honey jar picked up at the store contain what is written on the label, but in recent years sometimes that has not been the case. This year, the MSBA worked with Del. Kathy Afzali to protect Maryland's consumers and beekeepers from the harm caused by fraudulent or adulterated honey.
Maryland now has a law, passed unanimously, that means if "honey" is on the label, that's what you are putting on your table. And you can learn more about what that matters. [details]
The Maryland State Beekeepers Association has its own license plate! If you join us, you can apply for the license plate! You also can choose which plate number you want from among those available. [more]
MSBA has made up a small number of t-shirts for members to use in their outreach, representation, and other beekeeping related activities. Get yours here! [more]
Maryland's Apiary Inspectors are the guardians of hive health in our state, as well as friendly experts you can call with a question or a crisis, and they could use your help, too. [more]