Teaching Beekeepers and Caring for Honey Bees since 1964


We are excited to have a wonderful meeting planned.  We will start our meeting with Q&A followed by a nice presentation from Dr. Rebecca Krimins on how to continue your beekeeping education.  Our keynote speaker is the highly entertaining and educating Dr. Sammy Ramsey.

 Q&A with President Ryan Smith
7:00 pm Dr. Rebecca Krimins:  "Are You Maintaining Your Honey Bee Education?" 
7:28 pm Drawing for a free signed copy of Bee Optimism: Translational Research Can Rescue Honeybees and Other Pollinators by Dr. Jay Evans.  This gift is offered by the author, who leads the USDA Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville MD.  Drawing will be done using a random number generator, since we are meeting online.  
7:30 pm   Dr. Samuel Ramsey: Varroa destructor Feeds on Bee Blood and Two Other Alternative Facts”


Dr. Rebecca A. Krimins
Rebecca will speak to AABA members and discuss educational options available to beekeepers that can grow their education and why beekeepers should be using at least one of these mechanisms (and preferably all of these mechanisms) to improve their skill level.  Rebecca is the current AABA librarian.

Dr. Rebecca A. Krimins is a resident of Anne Arundel County and became interested in beekeeping while in graduate school.  However, due to time constraints and multiple international moves, she had to push off her pursuit of beekeeping until she settled in Anne Arundel County and became a member of AABA, signing up to take her first short course in 2017.  Since then, she has enjoyed backyard beekeeping with two hives located in Edgewater, Maryland.  During her day job, Rebecca is a veterinary anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Samuel Ramsey  
will speak on “Varroa destructor Feeds on Bee Blood and Two Other Alternative Facts”

Varroa destructor feeds exclusively on the hemolymph (or blood) of immature bees". It's considered to be such an obvious fact that it often goes without citation now in scientific papers. But there is very little if any experimental support for this universally accepted conclusion. My thesis work, in partnership with the USDA and Project Apis m, has shown that Varroa are actually feeding on a very different tissue, the fat body, leading to a diverse combination of health impacts that have never been fully explained by feeding on hemolymph alone. With a better understanding of how this parasite impacts its host, we can develop novel forms of control and new methods to remediate the health issues common to infected colonies.

Dr. Sammy founder and director of the Ramsey Research Foundation graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011, and focused his research on Predatory & Parasitic Insect Behavior. He cultivated an interest and expertise in the close relationships between insects and other creatures (symbioses), and dedicated his doctoral research to understanding a parasite killing honey bees globally (Varroa destructor). In Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's Honey Bee lab at the University of Maryland, College Park; he earned his doctorate. 
Dr. Sammy's award-winning research on Varroa destructor has changed the standing paradigm on how the parasite feeds upon, and ultimately kills, honey bees. His current work, aptly named the Fight the Mite Initiative, was funded largely by generous support from the beekeeping community in response to his work in rehabilitating the industry. 

Meeting details
Anne Arundel Beekeepers Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AABA Monthly meeting
Time: Feb 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. 


Upcoming Events

 Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association for a fascinating day packed with insights to honey bees & varroa mites, along with super useful tips for spring management.

WHAT: Keynote Speakers Dr. Thomas Seeley and Celia Davis

DAY: 02/13/2021 Saturday, February 13, 2021

TIME: 8:30AM- 3:30PM

WHERE: On-line via Zoom (go to for the link to the zoom meeting)

Limited to 500 participants. Admission is Free (and so is parking!)

Additional Workshop
Celia Davis and Adam Finkelstein on Queens: February 14 Zoom Workshop


Tuesday March 16- Charles Deberber  Spring Splits and swarm prevention 
SD Jan Poston-Day Record Keeping 

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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