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.
We are currently meeting in the Community room of the Redwood City public library (1044 Middlefield Road). Speakers will be joining us via Zoom. Meetings will also be available on Zoom, with specifics and links to join the meetings emailed to the Guild’s member roster and our Google email group before each meeting.
2023 Meeting Topics
January 5 VIRTUAL MEETING: Nectar Microbes and Pollinators — Professor Tadashi Fukami, Professor of Biology and community ecologist at Stanford University
March 2: Swarms and Trapping Them — Phil Stob, Alameda County Beekeepers Guild
April 6: Installing Packages — Bob Silverstein; and Inspections: Why, when, and what? If you don’t inspect you don’t know the whole picture of how your bees are doing. BUT… if you open a hive, move a couple of frames and close it, it takes the bees 3-4 days to repair your “Help”. Make every inspection count! — Art Hall
June 1: Panel Discussion: Varroa Management — Members Peter Mckone, Elizabeth Newell, Levi Romandine and Bob Silverstein will share their varroa strategies, then take questions from the audience.
July 6: Extractor Demo and Bee Social — Beeginner’s Corner at 6:30, then member Elodie Lorenz will demo how to use an extractor — if you’re thinking of borrowing one of the Guild’s extractors, we highly recommend you attend! After the demo we’ll have a potluck social to meet fellow members and talk bees & beekeeping. Bring a finger-food or dessert to share.
August 3: Anticipatory Beekeeping — Dewey Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University
August 20: Annual Summer Picnic! — 11 am – 2 pm, Washington Park, Olive Tree Picnic Area, Burlingame. The Guild will supply meat- and non-meat grillables plus buns and beverages, please bring a dish to share!
September 7: Anaphylaxis and the Apiary — Elizabeth Newell, Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County
October 5: Topic TBD — Elina L. Niño, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cooperative Extension – Apiculture, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
November 9: Topic TBD — TBD
December 7: Annual Holiday party and Elections
2022 Meeting Topics
January 6 VIRTUAL MEETING: Research Updates Including Impact of Phytochemicals, Self-fertile Almonds, and Which Ornamentals are Most Attractive to Bees — Elina L. Niño, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cooperative Extension – Apiculture, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
February 3 VIRTUAL MEETING:
7:00 pm: Hive Registration on the BeeWhere Site — Michael Wong of the San Mateo County Dept of Agriculture 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.
7:05 pm: Not a Cottage Food: Deregulating the Sale of Honey — Eugene Makovec, Editor, American Bee Journal
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February 4 VIRTUAL MEETING:
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 Kwoczak
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.
March 4 VIRTUAL MEETING: The Game of Drones — Julia Mahood 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.