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 7 VIRTUAL MEETING: Effective and Accessible Queen Rearing MethodsAng Roell

Resources mentioned in Ang’s presentation:

  • Newsletter.
  • Online shop, featuring our Beginning Bee School as well as pins, zines, wax, honey, virtual consultations with Ang and more.
  • They Keep Bees on Youtube
  • Instagram, for updates on what we’re doing and where:
  • Tshirt fundraiser:  support our Big Red Barn Fundraiser!
  • Free e-book, which includes planning tools for beekeepers & stories of beekeepers in the field.

February 4 VIRTUAL MEETING: Crafty Beekeeping — Making Candles, Beeswax Body Products and More — Laryssa Kwoczak

7 pm: Hive Registration —  Michael Wong, San Mateo County Dept of Agriculture
Michael will be giving a short presentation reminding beekeepers to register their hives with the county on the BeeWhere site. California law requires all beekeepers to register their honey bee hive locations with their local Agricultural Commissioner’s office within 30 days of establishing the apiary.

7:10 pm: Making Candles, Beeswax Body Products and More
Laryssa will discuss how to render beeswax, candle making basics, making a candle from items in your house, choosing a wick size, and beeswax body products. Laryssa worked for marketing and ad agencies for 15 years before becoming a beekeeper. She then worked with Big Island Bees in Hawaii to establish their honey brand and beekeeping tours. She also hosts the podcast “The Buzz About Bees” and is owner of Beekeeping Made Simple, a beekeeping education website.

Recording now available!

March 4 VIRTUAL MEETING: The Game of Drones
Honey bee drones are the Rodney Dangerfields of the bee world, they (often) get no respect! Learn all about the amazing drones and their mysterious drone congregation areas at this informative talk. Julia Mahood is a Georgia Master Beekeeper who has been keeping bees since 2004. She created the citizen science website MapMyDca.com to gather data on drone congregation areas. Julia is passionate about education and teaches beekeeping in Georgia prisons and is active in her local and state bee organizations.

Recording now available!

April 1 VIRTUAL MEETING: Beekeepers United: Lessons Learned from Bees and Their Keepers Around the Globe
Melanie M. Kirby, Zia Queenbees Farm & Field Institute

Recording now available!

May 6 VIRTUAL MEETING: Requeening Naturally — Elizabeth Newell

Recording now available!

June 3 VIRTUAL MEETING: TBD Boris Bar

July 1 VIRTUAL MEETING: Observations from an observation hive — Henry Long

August 5 VIRTUAL MEETING: Treatment Options for Varroa — Panel discussion featuring Guild members  from a range of viewpoints

August 7 : Annual Guild Picnic — We will be meeting in person, at Washington Park in Burlingame.  11am – 2pm. The guild will provide grilled meats & veggies as well as non-alcoholic beverages, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

September 2 VIRTUAL MEETING: Honey Bee Sociometry: Tracking Honey Bee Growth From Birth Until Death Dr Michael Smith

October 7 VIRTUAL MEETING: Bee Nutrition  Sebastian Owen. Note: talk may include information on Certan wax moth treatment if it gets approved for use in CA

November 4 VIRTUAL MEETING: Mead Making — Alex Johnson

December 2: Annual Holiday Party and Board Election

Recorded Meetings from 2020

April 2, 2020: A Year at a Glance for Bay Area Beekeepers — Kendal Sager.

May 5, 2020: 10 Things Every Beginner Beekeeper Should Learn — Elizabeth Newell.

June 11: 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.

August 6: Mite Management — A lively panel discussion by  Guild members representing various approaches to mite management.

October 1: Fungi and Bee Health — Tom Dadant, UC Santa Cruz. Materials referenced in this talk:

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

Got an idea for a speaker you’d like to see at a Guild meeting? Email president@sanmateobeeguild.org. Please include the speaker’s name and contact info, as well as a description of their area of expertise.