Teaching Beekeepers and Caring for Honey Bees since 1964

The Anne Arundel Beekeeping Association invites you to join us on March 16. 
We will be delving into keeping records, and the variety of options that work with Jan Day.  Then Charles DeBarber will be offering methods of splitting hives & Swarm Preparation. 
Agenda March 16
6:30 open Q & A with President Ryan Smith
7:00  Record keeping: Jan Day
7:30 Methods of Splitting Hives & Swarm Preparation Charles DeBarber
Record Keeping for the Backyard Beekeeper
Keeping good records is something we know we should do but don't always manage to do it. Tracking the health of your hive and the actions you took in previous inspections can help you make the right decision for managing the health and productivity of your bees. Jan will share methods of keeping track, provide brief reviews of some online tools/apps that some folks find helpful, and share sample inspection sheets for attendees to try. 

Jan Poston Day is in her eighth year as a beekeeper on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She is Vice President of the DC Beekeepers Alliance and active in BUMBA.  Jan recently launched a honey and beeswax candle company called Second Story Honey. 

Methods of Splitting Hives & Swarm Preparation
During the months of April & May in Maryland we enter the prime time for making splits and capturing swarms. This discussion will cover hive splitting methodologies for creating new hives and preventing swarms. We'll also discuss swarm response and options for swarms post-recapture.

Charles DeBarber is the Animal Caretaker at Baltimore City's Filbert Street Garden. At Filbert Street Garden he manages Maryland's largest community garden beeyard encompassing 25+ hives. He is known as a local "swarm chaser" in the region capturing feral bees each spring.

Zoom meeting Details:
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Topic: March AABA monthly meeting
Time: Mar 16, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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New for 2021 - Mentoring Program

The AABA Mentoring Program is expanding to support our Short Course students (and other members by request) through their first year, so they gain the confidence and skills to be successful beekeepers.

Mentors do not need years of experience - just the desire to learn and share. You will have the support of the other AABA mentors to get answers when the bees present a situation that you are not familiar with. Mentors will also be invited to join the 2021 Zoom Short Course meetings to see what students are learning.

Mentoring is not a huge time commitment. We will match you by geographical location and each team will decide how to communicate and visit hives. Students will benefit from learning the ropes with a more experienced beekeeper and learn to anticipate the bees' needs. Mentors will benefit from increasing their beekeeping skills and researching answers to questions. Mentoring also gives you the chance to make a bee friend.

Contact to volunteer to be a mentor or request a mentor. 

For current mentors, thank you.  If you did not receive a separate email on February 1st about the 2021 Mentoring Program, please contact to be included on the list. Thanks!


New for 2021 - AABA Listserv

The AABA Listserv will be a members-only group email which will give us a way to ask questions and learn from each other and more experienced beekeepers in AABA. It will be moderated by Rebecca Krimins.

When you send an email in the listserv, anyone who is a member of the listserv can view/read the email. The emails permit photographs and video attachments (a picture helps with those questions in the bee yard). It's a very helpful way to communicate, especially during COVID-19 times.

To join the AABA listserv, please email and include 'add me to the AABA listserv' in the email.  All requests will receive a personal response.  Thank you. 


Tuesday April 20 Dr. Keith Delaplane  new research on honey bee multiple mating and its effects on bee breeding and health
SD: Mike Mehalick: Hive inspections what to consider before popping that top.

Tuesday May 18 - Storm  Allen Storm- beekeeping in Belgium
SD:  Maureen Jais-Mick “Lessons from the MCBA teaching apiary

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