CMBA member meetings are normally the first Tuesday of each month at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Shawan Rd. Cockeysville, MD. Special events will be announced on the Home page. Board meetings are normally the third Monday at OR. Short Course times and dates as shown below, if current. Cancellations follow the Baltimore Co. school system.

Member & Board Meetings start at 7:00PM, so come early for visiting.  If our speaker has authored a book, we’ll usually have a table set up by about 6:30 PM for book sales. From May-September, there will be open-hive demos in the meadow at OR for at least half an hour before meeting time, weather allowing. Nominal starting time for open hives: 6PM +/-

2016-2017 General CMBA Meeting Schedule and Speakers

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Members Meeting “Seven Years, Two Packages!” Luke Goembel keeps bees in Towson. He speaks to us about what he has learned in his time as a beekeeper about succeeding in suburbia that time frame – including some interesting methods and equipment.
Monday,
September 19, 2016
Board
Meeting
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Members Meeting Dr. Jay Evans, Research Leader of the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, will explain the latest of what is going on with studies and projects at the national level regarding our beloved honey bees.
Monday,
October 17,
2016
Board
Meeting
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Members Meeting World traveler, diving guide, and cultural beekeeping expert Dr. Susan Langley brings us her knowledge about traditions of keeping honey bees in Asia. Endlessly informative and knowledgeable, you won’t want to miss this!
Monday,
November 21, 2016
Board
Meeting
Saturday, December 3, 2016 Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner Bring a dish and be prepared to relax, converse with friends, and have a good time! Elections, 4th Annual Best-Worst Bee Story, 2016
Monday,
December 19, 2016
Board
Meeting
TBD – only if needed
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Members Meeting Dr. Eglute Trinkauskaite gives us a fascinating look at honey bees through the folk/spiritual lens. She has researched folklore related to traditional Lithuanian beliefs and will relate to us the multiple importances of Apis mellifera in that culture.
Monday, January 16, 2017 Board
Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Members Meeting Dr. Lewis Ziska from the USDA Agricultural Research Service will speak to us about an interesting effect of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels on plant pollen.
Monday, February 20, 2017 Board
Meeting
Tuesday,
March 14,
2017

(Second
Tuesday)
Members Meeting Dr. Dewey Caron of U.Del. Presents “Good News About the Bees.”
Dr. Caron will speak about all of the positive news regarding honey bees in a time when most of what we hear seems glum.  (Cancelled due to snow.)
Monday,
March 20,
2017
Board
Meeting
Tuesday,
April 4,
2017
Members Meeting Dr. Peter Borst of Cornell University presents “Sustainable Beekeeping, Keeping the Hive Alive”.

About our speaker: Peter L Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since his first job working as beekeeper’s helper in Wolcott NY, in 1974. In the late 1970s he helped run a beekeeping supply store in the San Diego area, where he served beekeepers of all levels of expertise. In addition to selling equipment and supplies, he was able to get an especially broad viewpoint of their problems and concerns.

Among other things, Peter was Senior Apiarist at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Research for seven years. He was an apiary inspector for New York State from 2006 to 2008. He is currently employed at Cornell doing biomedical research and is President of the Finger Lakes Bee Club.

Peter is a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal, writing on topics as diverse as beekeeping technique, the composition and value of pollen for bees, and the history of bee breeding. He enjoys presenting on these topics for venues ranging from local elementary schools to the American Beekeeping Federation annual conference (2015).

Monday,
April 17,
2017
Board
Meeting
Tuesday,
May 2,
2017
Members Meeting Dr. Hartmut Doebel, biology professor at George Washington Univ., talks about research on how neonicotinoids affect bee memory.

Read more about Dr. Doebel’s work on his website.

Monday,
May 15,
2017
Board
Meeting
Tuesday,
June 6,
2017
Members Meeting Devra Kitterman, beekeeper, CMBA member, and landscape architect, speaks on how to turn your lawn into a garden of the best plants for pollinators.
Monday,
June 19,
2017
Board
Meeting