Official Newsletter of the


October 2017

October Honey Bee Power Plant – Asters

Asters – Symphyotrichum and Eurybia species Asters abound this time of year, whether planted intentionally or naturalized voluntarily. Unfortunately, taxonomist ...
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Here Comes Winter

Are you ready? For me, this is one of the most critical times of the year in beekeeping. I want ...
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September 2017

September Letter from the South

While this letter is being written at home in Alabama, it could be titled “Letter from Colorado”. Mary and I ...
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Thank You

To the many members who helped at the Montgomery County Fair. I could not get over the number of our ...
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Photo: Steve Dubik

September Honey Bee Power Plant – Stonecrop

Stonecrop – Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude') Autumn Joy Stonecrop is one tough cookie, thriving in average to dry, sandy ...
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August 2017

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July 2017

July Honey Bee Power Plant: Russian Sage

Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage, is one tough cookie, easily grown in average to dry, well-drained soils in ...
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July Meeting Recap: Charm City Meadworks

Speaker: James Boicourt, beekeeper, meadmaker and co-owner of Charm City Meadworks What is mead? Mead is an alcoholic drink made ...
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July Letter from the South

Actually this month's letter is being written in Durango, Colorado.  Mary and I were on vacation out here, visiting her ...
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PAST: It’s time to Party with the Animals! 2017

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair August 11 – August 19, 2017 Started 72 years ago as a way to provide a ...
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June 2017

MCBA Outreach

Beekeepers love to talk about bees, especially honey bees. It's a wonderful to see kids, people of all ages be ...
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Orchid Bees: The Little Things In Life

I’ve spent over 6 weeks in Costa Rica over the past three years volunteering on a native bee research project ...
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June MCBA Meeting Recap: Sustainable Honey Bee Program

The first portion of the monthly meeting was a discussion by members about their hives, announcement of upcoming events, the ...
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MCBA’s Lending Library

“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” 
― John Muir Come to ...
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MCBA Picnic Fun

The annual MCBA picnic took place on June 12, 2017 behind the Brookside Nature Center.  Beekeepers kicked off the festivities ...
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Sunflower Pollen May Boost Honey Bee Health

If I could take my bees on an outing it would be to the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area off River ...
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Honey bee on Nepeta

June Honey Bee Power Plant

Catmint – Nepeta species Catmint is a long-blooming perennial that is easily grown in average to dry, well-drained soil in ...
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A Little Honey Bee by Gracie Emerick

I'm a little honey bee I hope to not die from CCD Me and my un-bee-lievable friends Think our challenges ...
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The Smallest Swarm

June Letter from the South

We all tell tales about big swarms, the kind that barely fit into your catch box. Well, this morning I ...
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May 2017

May Letter from the South

You will recall that at the end of March, I was turning down swarm calls because I had no equipment ...
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Allium giganteum

May Honey Bee Power Plant

Giant Onion – Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster’ This month, we feature the bulbous perennial commonly called Giant Onion. This may very well ...
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MCBA: Volunteers Make It Happen

The Montgomery County Beekeepers Association is entirely run by volunteers. Over the years, we have had many so people who ...
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April MCBA Meeting Recap:  Cybil Preston, Chief Apiary Inspector

Cybil presented an overview of work done by her department and reminded members that registering our hives with the Department ...
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April 2017

March MCBA Meeting Recap: Tim McMahon, How Do Honey Bees Differ from Other Bees?

As MCBA members, while we have a primary interest in the honeybee, the environment in which apis mellifera lives and ...
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