Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association Meetings
Monthly meetings are held at 7:00pm at Durham Memorial Baptist Church - 1601 Toddville Rd. - at the corner of Freedom Dr. and Toddville Rd. Everyone is invited.
Please join us! You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings.
Past Meeting Topics
January 28th, 2021 - 7:00 PM - Dr Keith Delaphane, Professor of Entomology
"How Honeybees Use Genetics to Solve Their Problems"
Director, UGA Honey Bee Program - University of Georgia
August 20, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM - Phoebe Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Varroa Hygienic Behavior: Does Group Size Matter?
Phoebe grew up on a farm in western Maryland and developed a love for agriculture and science from a young age. In 2015, she discovered a marriage of those interests in honey bees. From that point on, she spent her time beekeeping and practicing honey bee science on multiple studies investigating nutrition and foraging behavior. In 2018, she graduated from Stevenson University with a Bachelor’s in biology and researched miticide toxicity on honey bees and Varroa at the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland during that summer. Now in her second year of her Master’s at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her thesis is focused on task specialization and group size effects on hygienic behavior.
July 30, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM - Erin McDermott
Varroa Mites & Viruses by
Erin McDermott, Technician, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State University
Erin works primarily on the association between honeybee health and virus prevalence and incidence. She serves as the primary for the disease arm of the Queen & Disease Clinic and assists with other lab and field sampling for other projects. Erin is an NC State graduate.
July 23, 2020 - Protect Your Bees from Varroa Mites
Please join us tonight for the Honey Bee Health Coalition's presentation "Protect Your Bees from Varroa Mites". Varroa mite infestation represents one of the greatest threats to honey bee health. When honey bee colonies are untreated or treated ineffectively, colonies can fail and mites will spread to other nearby colonies. Every honey bee colony in the continental United States and Canada either has Varroa mites today or will have them within several months.
May 21, 2020 - Video on Potential Threats to Beekeeping in the U.S. by Dr. Tarpy
Our May meeting was held online Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm. During this meeting we watched a video by Dr. Tarpy on the potential threats to beekeeping in the U.S.
April 23, 2020 - David Little on Queens, Requeening, Why, When & How
David Little started beekeeping 16 years ago and is from a long line of beekeepers. His grandfather introduced him to veteran beekeepers who he spent time with learning as much as he possible could. He joined the Iredell County Beekeepers Association and shortly after became the program chairman for 5 years and later the president of the association for 4 years. “During that time, I worked with two fellow beekeepers who each had 65 years of experience working bees and managing 300 + hives. I had 130 years of experience right at my fingertips. I am pleased to share everything I have learned. My efforts are to make every beginner beekeeper and their first experience with bees successful and a pleasant one. The more local beekeepers that exist – the more everyone can benefit from our efforts!”
March 19, 2020
Libby Mack gave an educational presentation called "Making Splits."
This was a very timely topic for the spring increase and swarm prevention. A special thanks to Libby and Gerry Mack for making the online meeting happen! We hope that the online presentation proved to be helpful in sharing beekeeping information and we look forward to seeing everyone again once we are able to meet in person.
February 27, 2020
Bryan Fisher shared a presentation on “Beekeeping Tips, Tricks & Hacks to Save Time and Money”. Bryan is a fourth-generation beekeeper and currently manages between 150-200 hives. His presentation covered a variety of topics including feeding, honey production, adding supers, moving bees, catching swarms and extraction honey.
January 16, 2020
Mark Smith, from Flatwood Bee Farm gave an informative presentation called “A Year in My Chemical-Free Apiary”. In case you missed it, you can watch a similar recorded presentation that he presented to Stanly County Beekeepers Association.