The Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County holds meetings the first Thursday of each month, featuring experienced members or special guests who talk about honey bees and/or beekeeping.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm; additionally, at 6:30 pm the BEEginner’s Corner meets for informal discussion on beginning beekeeping.

Guild meetings normally take place at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos. However, at present we are using virtual meetings via Zoom and Webinar Jam. Specifics and links to join the meetings they will be emailed to the Guild’s member roster and our Google email group before each meeting.

January 9 (SECOND Thursday): Butterflies as Bee Ambassadors — Eleanor Laney

February 6 : Bait Hives — Phil Stob

March 5 : Swarm Prevention and Splits — Michael Bush

April 2 : A Year at a Glance for Bay Area Beekeepers — Kendal Sager. Now available as an online recording!

May 5 VIRTUAL MEETING: 10 Things Every Beginner Beekeeper Should Learn — Elizabeth Newell. Now available as an online recording!

June 11 VIRTUAL MEETING: Re-envisioning Beekeeping in a Time of Crisis — Michael Thiele.
Studies references in this talk:
1) The Darwin cure for apiculture? Natural selection and managed honeybee health. Evol Appl., 2017 March; 10(3): 226–230
2) A Plea for Use of Honey Bees’ Natural Resilience in Beekeeping. Bee World, 2018 April; 95(2), 34–38
3) Darwinian Beekeeping: An Evolutionary Approach to Apiculture. American Bee Journal, 2017 March.

July 9 VIRTUAL MEETING: Harvesting — Alex Johnson. Now available as an online recording!

August 6 VIRTUAL MEETING: Mite Management — Join us for a lively panel discussion by  Guild members representing various approaches to mite management. Now available as an online recording!

August 8: Annual Summer Picnic, Socially-distant Edition — 11 am–2 pm. Wearing gingham not mandatory, but encouraged!

September 10 (SECOND Thursday) VIRTUAL MEETING: Despicable  Mites — Samuel Ramsey. Note: This meeting will NOT be recorded.

October 1: Fungi and Bee Health — Tom Dadant, UC Santa Cruz. Now available as an online recording!  Materials referenced in this talk:

November 5 : Invasive Species — Samuel Ramsey, Ph.D. Note: This meeting will NOT be recorded.

December 3 : Annual Holiday Party and Board Election

Meeting Location

The Guild meets at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos (corner of Brittan & Alameda de las Pulgas).

Suggest a Speaker

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