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President's Corner

Welcome to Medina Beekeepers! Today is Monday, April 9th. The weather forecast calls for 50s, 60s, and 70s later this week. That means that it is going to get busy in a hurry. All the things you've been hearing and learning about what to do for your hives are going to be put to the test. In addition, there may be a lot of plants and trees blooming all at once after the cold spell. So watch your bees!

This is also a busy time for the club. In a couple days you will see postings on the calendar for speakers thru the remainder of the year. Updates to the Bylaws, plans for the Fair and club Picnic are all in the works. In addition, you will see an email regarding a field day to Stan Hywett at a special rate for MCBA members. We will request an RSVP to judge the interest so we can confirm with Stan Hywett. This will be in addition to our regular June meeting.

Hope your bees are hanging in there thru this last cold snap!

Paul Kosmos


New Meeting Location for MCBA !!!

Effective with the October meeting MCBA will meet at 7:00 pm in Williams on the Lake at 787 Lafayette Rd in Medina. Williams on the Lake is just West of the fairgrounds on Lafayette Road. It is the Octagon Building in the back. [1]

First-time users

Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
If you just want to read the site, please surf around and see what you can find. If you want to help build the site or add comments... read more

Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. If you are interested in learning more in a one-on-one setting, go to our online mentor list and give a call to one of our volunteers. Be sure to read the expectations of a mentee so you can get the most out of the experience.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please also go the the mentor list and add yourself to the page. Thanks for volunteering.

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Become a member

Interested in joining the club? Come to a meeting and see what we're about. If you like what you see, we will help you get signed up. read more

USDA Honey bee Disease Diagnostic Services

USDA Honey Bee Disease Diagnostic Services, Beltsville MD is back up and running.

The USDA-ARS is extremely pleased to welcome Samuel Abban to the Bee Diagnostic Service.

Mr. Abban has ten years experience with honey bee disease diagnostics and research and he will ably run this program. Sam will board July 10, 2017 and with assistance from Bee Research laboratory staff will begin analyzing past and future samples submitted to the service. We will focus on brood samples as a means of addressing concerns over foulbrood disease and antibiotic prescriptions.

Please be patient as we dig through a substantial backlog of samples, but our aim is to strengthen the USDA Disease Diagnostic Service for another 100 years.

Finally, words can’t describe our thanks to the Bee Informed partnership for their support of Sam and bee diagnostics while we waited for an opportunity to bring Sam onboard with USDA.

How to Submit Samples


Picture of the month

Quick peak Feb 20! Healthy hive, maybe time for a little fondant? Six to seven frames covered. Click to Enlarge.

Topics of Interest

  • MCBA - the Club - Club contacts, officers, become a member, talk about meetings, upcoming events and other things specific to the club
  • Bee diseases & parasites - for discussion of varroa, tracheal mites, Foulbrood and all the other things that can kill your bees.
  • Classifieds - Buy, sell, trade or talk about beekeeping equipment - what works, what doesn't and why.
  • Getting started with bees - questions for and by new beekeepers. Where should I put my hives? What do I really need? How hard is it?
  • Urban beekeeping - articles and experiences with beekeeping near people
  • Blessings of the Bees - some prayers, poems and other evidence of the spiritual connection between bees and mankind.
  • Bee Still Encounters - Bee Encounters of the Closest Kind by Medina Beekeepers
  • Resources and links - hundreds more links of questionable value
  • Photo albums - Look here for photos of Medina Beekeepers
  • Bait Hives Why not try to attract a swarm in your good, clean, unused equipment?
  • Growing Degree Days Want to know what's in bloom or about to? Looking to make varietal honey? One way to tell is by Growing Degree Days.

MCBA Contacts

President: Paul Kosmos

Vice President: Peggy Garnes

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt

Treasurer: Toni Watson

What's New on the website

18 April 2018

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