Beeline June 2021

President's Message, June 2021

President’s Message, June 2021

MSBA Kim Mehalick on meetings, new classes, and face-to-face in the Fall! ...
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Notes from the Apiary Inspector

Cybil Preston updates on how you can join the National Honey Bee Survey and what's up in Maryland beekeeping ...
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Reducing Colony Stress through Best Management Practices– with Special Attention to Virus Transmission by Hive Products

To re-use hive products or not? David Schultz looks at viral concerns and suggested BMPs ...
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Remembering Pat Haskell, Master Beekeeper

Remembering Pat Haskell, Master Beekeeper

In memoriam, Master Beekeeper and Beekeeping Education Champion Pat Haskell ...
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Cumberland Pursuing "Bee City USA" Designation

Cumberland Pursuing “Bee City USA” Designation

Cumberland beekeepers lead effort to achieve pro-pollinator recognition. ...
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EAS 2021 in Kentucky: "Bee Connected"

EAS 2021 in Kentucky: “Bee Connected”

EAS 2021 is on for Shepherdsville, KY! ...
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Zac Lamas on Nano Colonies

Zac Lamas and Nano Colonies: Exciting New Tool and a Video, too!

Zac Lamas talked about Nano Colonies to DC in April. Watch the video and get inspired! ...
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Beekeeping News and Notes: June 2021

Beekeeping News and Notes: June 2021

Killer fungi, cannibalism, microplastics, COVID detection ...
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Beekeeping Smiles for Summer 2021

Beekeeping Smiles for Summer 2021

Comics and bad jokes from the world of beekeepers. You were warned. ...
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MSBA Thanks Donors!

MSBA members are generous. Thank you, and here's an update! ...
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MSBA Spring 2021 Meeting

  • 2021 June 12 MEETING

    RECORDED Webinar!

    TO VIEW: First login to this website, then SCROLL to the BOTTOM of this webpage.

    Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association for a fascinating day packed with insights on honey bees & useful tips to keep them.

    At this meeting you will learn:
    * What is killing bees and what can we do about it?
    * The mating biology of honey bees
    * How Social Immunity fights bee diseases
    * Maryland bee news

    WHAT: Speakers include Jamie Ellis, & Marla Spivak
    DAY: 06/12/2021 Saturday, June 12, 2021
    : 8:30AM- 3:30PM
    WHERE: On-line Only.
    HOW TO VIEW: First login to this website, then SCROLL to the BOTTOM of this webpage.

    9:00 WelcomeKim Mehalick, MSBA President
    9:10Inspector's Report: "What’s happening in Maryland with Honey bees?Cybil Preston, Maryland State Chief Apiary Inspector
    9:35EAS UpdatePatti Wong
    9:45"What is killing bees - And what can we do about it?"Jamie Ellis, PhD, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida
    10:30"Social Immunity - Honey bees' health care"Maria Spivak, Professor in Entomology, University of Minnesota
    11:30"Helping military vets through beekeeping"Monica Schmitt, Founder of Mission Beelieve
    12:00Lunch Break 
    12:30Bee Squad Mark Dykes, Bee Squad Coordinator, University of Maryland
    1:15"The mating biology of honey bees"Jamie Ellis, PhD, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida
    2:30Dr. Jamie Ellis will be staying on for Questions and Answers in “Stump The Chump” Get some good questions readyJamie Ellis, PhD, Professor of Entomology, University of Florida
    3:00Closing RemarksKim Mehalick, MSBA President

    Keynote Speaker

    TALK #1 What is killing bees and what can we do about it?
    In many ways, beekeeping is harder than ever. Colony loss rates are high in many areas around the world. Old pests and pathogens continue to cause problems. New pests and pathogens threaten colony health. With all of the confusion swirling around bee health, we are left to wonder what the principle killers of honey bee colonies actually are. Dr. Ellis will discuss what is killing bees around the world and what can be done to reduce the losses.

    TALK #2 The mating biology of honey bees
    Individual honey bees reproduce. In this lecture, you will learn about the mating and reproductive habits of queen and drone honey bees.

    Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in Extension, instruction, and research. Regarding his Extension work, Jamie created the UF/IFAS Bee College and the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.

    Keynote Speaker

    TALK: Honey bees have a remarkable health care system called "social immunity"
    I will discuss two forms of social immunity, hygienic behavior and propolis collection, and explain how they benefit honey bee colonies. I hope to convince everyone to pay more attention to bees' ability to weed out diseased and Varroa-infested brood through hygienic behavior, and to love the presence of propolis in bee hives.

    MARLA SPIVAK autobiography
    Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Kansas 1989 on the ecology and identification of Africanized honey bees in Costa Rica.  Her current research efforts focus on protecting and enhancing the health of bees through social immunity and bee breeding.  


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MSBA 2021 Board of Directors

Past PresidentJimFraser(301)
DirectorMary LauraFitzgerald(301) 345-8171‬
MD Apiary InspectorCybilPreston(410)
EAS DirectorPattiWong(240)
Beeline EditorToniBurnham(202)
Anne ArundelCarlGuerci(410)
Baltimore CityBillCastro(303)
CalvertJerryWorrell(410) 257
CarolinePaulDill(302) 249-1866P.O. Box 571, Wyoming, DE 19934
(443) 521-0941
HowardClifDarby(410) 744-2878
Prince George'sDavidClark(443)
Queen Anne'sCharlesCampbell(410)
St. Mary'sHarryDalton(301)
TalbotLisa MarieGhezzi(703)
Washington D.C.JanDay(202)