Howard County Beekeepers Association Inc.
(A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization)
Our purpose is to promote honey beekeeping in Howard County, Md by providing a forum in which current honey beekeepers may become more knowledgeable of best practices and the public can become more, and accurately, informed on the benefits of honey bees.
One Day Seminar on Beekeeping
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HCBA has just scheduled our Beekeeping Seminar - (One day event) on October 12, 2013.
Dan Rather: A Buzzkill
Published on Apr 3, 2013
This year marks the highest losses of honey bee populations in the U.S. Some of the country's biggest beekeepers have lost over 60%. Some say they won't be able to rebuild their numbers with such high losses and if these kinds of losses continue, the industry may only be able to sustain itself a few more years at most. WIth one in three bites of food we eat dependent on bees for pollination, will there be enough bees to pollinate the crops this year? The almond orchards in California are the first test where 85% of the world's almonds come from. Enter a fascinating world of the largest mass pollination event on earth.
HCBA Monthly Meetings for 2013 Announced:
April Monthly Meeting, Tuesday April 9, 7 to 9pm. Bill Troupe will be speaking on “Swarm Control by Making Nucs, Splits and Divides for Fun and Profit”.
May Monthly Meeting, Tuesday May14, 7 to 9pm. Ryan Schwarz from the Beltsville Bee Lab will be speaking on current Bee Lab research and diagnostic services.
Maryland Honey Bee Registration Form
Maryland Law requires everyone who keeps bees to register their colonies within 30 days of first obtaining a honey bee colony and then annually thereafter.
Dance of the Honey Bee (Video)
Published on Mar 2, 2013
A short film about honey bees by Peter Nelson. Original score by John Powell. Narrated by Bill McKibben.
Managed Pollinator CAP Update: Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae: A comparative study in the honey bee host
Last Updated: March 05, 2013
Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae: A comparative study
Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae: A comparative study in the honey bee host
Authors: Wei-Fone Huang and Leellen F. Solter, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois
Originally Published in Bee Culture and American Bee Journal, March 2013
Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae are genetically related microsporidian pathogens that infect the western honey bee. Both species cause chronic disease that that can shorten the adult lifespan and impact hive health and productivity, and when infections reach high levels in apiaries, honey production and pollination services can be severely impacted (Bailey and Ball, 1991; Fries, 1993). In recent years, N. ceranae appears to have become the dominant species in the western honey bees around the globe but the mechanisms of replacement are not fully understood (Huang et al., 2008; Klee et al., 2007).