Beeline June 2019

June 2019

MSBA President 2020

President’s Message, February 2020

New president, thanks to Jim Fraser, a winter that's rough on stores, recent classes and more to come, February 15 meeting with Kim Flottum PLUS extra workshops ...
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News from the Apiary Inspectors, February 2020

News from the Apiary Inspectors, February 2020

Cybil Preston, State Apiary Inspector, MDA Phone 410-841-5920, Fax 841-5835, Cell 410-562-3464 2019 Statistics: Maryland has 2,161 beekeepers registered, in 2,716 apiaries and 15,923 registered honey bee colonies. Mack and Tukka have inspected and certified 2000 colonies so far this winter! Apiary registration letters In December, the Maryland Department of ...
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Mite Resistant Bees in Puerto Rico GOT Your help!

Mite Resistant Bees in Puerto Rico GOT Your help!

SUCCESS!  Thank you to the many members who donated to this urgent cause.  MSBA collected enough money to send emergency bee food to Puerto Rico's unique bee subspecies.  This fundraiser is now closed ...
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EAS In Orono: Make Your Plans!

EAS In Orono: Make Your Plans!

We hear that the Eastern Apicultural Society 2020 Short Course and Conference in Orono, Maine August 3-7 is very popular, and local accommodations may be filling up fast! With the slogan, "come for the bees, stay for the vacation!" this EAS has its usual impressive array of internationally-recognized and crowd-favorite speakers, ...
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UMD Bee Squad Spring Management Class 2/22/2020

UMD Bee Squad Spring Management Class 2/22/2020

Want to get ready for spring but don't know where to start? Come to our Spring Management Class! We will take a deep dive into everything you need to know to get your bees ready to have a happy and healthy year. To sign up please email us at
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Beekeeping Humor, February 2020

Beekeeping Humor, February 2020

Looking forward to a Spring 2020 with lots to smile about! Click on images to expand ...
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Synthetic Drawn Comb: Contamination Concern

Synthetic Drawn Comb: Contamination Concern

Recently, a relatively expensive foundation featuring drawn wax (but NOT beeswax) cells that are synthetically produced has come on the market. Beekeepers should be concerned to see synthetic wax combs on the market. Even if synthetic wax were chemically similar to beeswax and made of food- or pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, it ...
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MSBA Long- and Shirt-Sleeved T-Shirts Available Again

MSBA Long- and Shirt-Sleeved T-Shirts Available Again

Both long- and short-sleeved "I'm a Maryland Beekeeper" shorts are available again, both for delivery and pickup. ...
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Beekeeping News and Notes: February 2020

Beekeeping News and Notes: February 2020

New varroa silver bullet? Nectar is hard! Too many bees? Almonds, Bt, pesticide concentrations ...
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Flottum Workshops Feb 14 in College Park and Howard County!

Flottum Workshops Feb 14 in College Park and Howard County!

Don't miss your chance to hear Kim Flottum speak at two different MSBA  workshops on February 14, 2020: 
Save These Dates

Save These Dates

MSBA has scheduled full-day meetings (which are free and open to the public) on these upcoming dates: June 13, 2020 at UMD/College Park: Dr. David Tarpy, Keynote November 7, 2020 at Maryland Department of Ag/Annapolis: Randy Oliver, Keynote February 13, 2021 at Harford County Community College: Keynote TBA June 12, ...
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MSBA Spring Meeting
Biology-Psychology Bldg
Room 1250
June 15, 2019
8:00 AMDrop off for Black Jar Contest
Refreshments, Coffee, Donuts, etc.
9:00 AMOpening and WelcomeJim Fraser, President
9:15 AMMd. Apiary Inspector's ReportCybil Preston, Md. State Inspector
9:30 AMBiology of the Small Hive BeetleDr. Humberto Boncristiani
Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, Entomology and Nematology Department
University of Florida
10:30 AMThe Basics of Honey Tasting
Suzy Spencer, Master Beekeeper, Urban Beekeeper, BeeCulture Contributor
11:45 AMMSBA’s Black Jar Contest Rules and Criteria
12:00 PMLunch Break & Voting
Round 1 Black Jar Contest Voting
1:00 PMRound 1 Black Jar Contest Results
Results of Black Jar Contest Round 1
Finalist Entries Presented
until 3:30 PM
1:15 PMBeekeeping Excellence: How to Prepare Hive Products for CompetitionDavid Morris, Master Beekeeper, Certified Honey Judge, MSBA Past President
2:30 PMBreakFinal round of Black Jar Contest votes
3:00 PMThe Latest Research on the Efficacy of Small Hive Beetle Traps: What Works?Dr. Humberto Boncristiani
3:30 PMThe "Afternoon in the Apiary Program" from the UMD Bee SquadMark Dykes, Extension Coordinator, vanEngelsdorp Bee Lab, UMD
3:45 PMAnnouncement of Black Jar Contest winner and award presentationJim Fraser, President, MSBA
4:00 PMAdjourn

MSBA 2019 Board of Directors

Past PresidentAllenHayes(410)
MD Apiary InspectorCybilPreston(410)
EAS DirectorPattiWong(240)
Beeline EditorToniBurnham(202)
Anne ArundelDeborahHewitt(410)
Baltimore CityBillCastro(303)
CalvertJerryWorrell(410) 257
CarolinePaulDill(302) 249-1866P.O. Box 571, Wyoming, DE 19934
(443) 521-0941
HowardBrendaKlaunberg(410) 507-2730
Prince George'sDavidClark(443)
Queen Anne'sCharlesCampbell(410)
St. Mary'sHarryDalton(301)
Washington D.C.JanDay(202)