PWRBA Club Meeting Swarm Prevention and Splits

Join us on Tuesday March 14th at 7 pm for our regular business meeting followed by a presentation on Swarm Management (with Karla) and Splits- How To (with Diana)

Peak Cherry Blossom time is generally the beginning of swarm season in this area.  As of now, it is predicted to be March 15th- significantly earlier than usual.  See:

Resources- Swarm Management, Nucs, and More

Your PWRBA website has a wealth of information on it.  Have you checked out our RESOURCES page?

A few timely resources for our early 2017 swarm season are posted below from the Swarm Management, Splits and Nucs link

EAS aka Bee Camp comes to the Mid Atlantic in 2017 and 2018

Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) is the largest non commercial beekeeping organization in the country.  The EAS annual summer meeting (held W-F) short course (held M and T) and honey show (W-F) will be in the mid Atlantic area in both 2017 and in 2018!

July 31- Aug. 4th  in Newark, DE in 2017

and August 13-17 in Hampton, VA in 2018

See 3 great (and very short) videos about the event here:


PWRBA Bee School applications CLOSED. Consortium classes available


Please see list of other classes as part of the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium here:

2017 PWRBA Membership Dues

Membership dues are due now – CLICK HERE for 2017 Membership Form, we will be looking for mentors, and all sorts of other good things.

Attend a regional or national beekeeping meeting in 2017

Consider attending a regional or National conference in 2017!  Lots to chose from- here is a sample

American Bee Federation  January 10- 14th, 2017 Galveston, Texas (includes a honey show)

Florida Bee College  St. Augustine, FL March 10-11, 2017 (includes Welsh Honey Judge training)

Caribbean Bee College – In Barbados in 2017

Young Harris Beekeeping Institute  May 18-20, 2017 in Georgia (includes Welsh Honey Judge training)

Heartland Apicultural Society  July 2017 in Evansville, IN

Eastern Apicultural Society 2017 (only 2 hours away in Newark, DE) (includes a honey show)

Bee Culture  Sometime in mid to late October, 2017- Meet the Bee Culture authors.  Medina, Ohio

Save the date for EAS in Virginia 2018- August 13-17, 2018 in Hampton, VA

The Maryland State Beekeepers have a meeting usually in College Park, MD in February 2017

Virginia State Beekeepers Association– likely meeting June 17-18th, 2017 at Ferrum College

PWRBA Bee and Beekeeping Photo calendar

The PWRBA  Bee and Beekeeping Photo calendar is here and BETTER THAN EVER with photos PWRBA club members have submitted. There are still some for sale.Calendars are $23 – Please order directly from the now Mrs. Lynne (Hewitt) White at 703-994-1769  or she will bring extras to the next club meeting.

January 10 2017- Pot Luck Dinner Meeting with Theme Tables for Discussion and Socializing

Start the new year right with PWRBA’s January meeting on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. Join the fun with a POT LUCK DINNER with “theme” tables including:

Nucs and splits (Karla)
Woodenware (Dave)
Winter tasks (John)
Beginning beekeeping (Sandra and Tucker)
Pests and diseases (Diana)
Honey and hive products (George)
Future program planning (Tracy and Louise)

Membership dues are due now too- CLICK HERE for 2017 Membership Form, we will be looking for mentors, and all sorts of other good things.

Virginia State Beekeepers Meeting Sat. Nov. 5th

Join us at the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA) Fall Meeting.  Saturday November 5th in Weyer’s Cave, VA at Blue Ridge Community College an easy drive down 81 near Harrisonburg.   Featuring talks by Dr. Kirsten and Michael Traynor, Dr. Wyatt Mangum, and DC’s own Toni Burnham.  Vendors include Dadant, Geezer Ridge, and more.  Early registration is until October 10, 2016. For more information see:

Consider taking the Apprentice Level Virginia Master Beekeeper certification test.  See here for more info:

VSBA Speakers include:

Dr. Kirsten Traynor, researcher and author, along with her husband Michael Traynor, a fine arts photographer, will present Over the Atlantic: Intensive Hive Management detailing European sideliner beekeeping operations that are not only profitable but experience only a 4% loss annually. Their second presentation, Pesticides and Pollinators will cover the effects of pesticides beyond neonics and explain how the Zika scare may impact our colonies’ health.

Toni Burnham, urban beekeeper in Washington, DC, will present Urban/Suburban Beekeeping – the Human Side providing tips for keeping bees and deveolping a responsible beekeeping ordinance in an urban/suburban environment.

Dr. Wyatt Mangum, researcher and author will present Hot Bees! Thermal Cameras in the Apiary with information on the behavior of winter honey bee clusters as revealed by thermal imaging.

Richmond beekeeper, Theo Hartmann, will introduce the BroodMinder system which wirelessly records hive weight, humidity and temperature (both inside and outside) for remote hive monitoring.

An optional lunch consisting of a hot pork barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, macaroni salad, baked beans, potato chips & a drink is offered by the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association for a nominal fee.

On-line registration is available HERE to current VSBA members and expired/non-members via credit card. Mail-in registrations are available HERE. Early registration is until October 10, 2016. Late registration is October 11 through October 24, 2016.

On Saturday, November 5th, Walk-in registration (cash or check only) will open at 8 AM with the meeting beginning at 9 AM. Presentations and vendors go until 5:00 PM.

Special Event with Landi Simone Sat. November 12th

The Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association (NVBA) invite you to a special event featuring Landi Simone on “Reading the Frames” and “Timing It, Managing your bees for optimal health and maximum honey production” as well as a virtual tour of the tools and methods of Virginia’s own Sustainable Honey Bee program.

November 12th from 9-1 at Luther Jackson Middle School.  REGISTER for this FREE event at

See a program flyer here: