Community Services

Need a Speaker?

The Back Yard Beekeepers Association can provide clubs, schools, nature centers or other organizations with entertaining and informative speakers.  The club has a number of knowledgeable beekeepers that can share their expertise about bees and bee-related products. 

TOPICS

Our informative experts would be pleased to lead a workshop or speak on such topics as:

  • An Introduction to Beekeeping
  • The History of Beekeeping
  • Your First Year as a Beekeeper
  • Beekeeping and Gardening
  • Bee Venom Therapy
  • Bees and Nutrition
  • Beeswax Candles and Crafts
  • Brewing Mead at Home
  • Cosmetics from the Bee Hive
  • Harvesting the Honey Harvest
  • Threats Challenging the Honeybee
  • How to Launch a Successful Bee Club
  • And many more topics related to honeybees and beekeeping.

SPEAKER FEES

The speaker’s fee is negotiable – our club’s mission is to spread the word about beekeeping.  If your organization can make a contribution to our club, a donation of up to $200 for a 60-90 minute presentation would be gratefully accepted and would further our club’s goals.   Travel and out-of-pocket expenses are additional. 

For more information, please contact our outreach committee at outreach@backyardbeekeepers.com.

The Back Yard Beekeepeers Association has a number of different events geared to educating the public about the benefits and rewards of beekeeping in our communities. The club provides qualified speakers for other clubs, nature centers, and schools. In addition, the BYBA currently has a program in place to donate observation hives to nature centers in our area. To participate in any of these programs, or for additional information, please call David Blocher at (203) 449-8147 or e-mail dblocher@optonline.net

Adopt a Nature Center

As part of our “Outreach” program, The Back Yard Beekeepers Association works with Nature Centers to establish honeybee Observation Hives (complete with live bees).  An Observation Hives is a wonderful way to advance the public’s education about bees and beekeeping.  In addition, the BYBA will designate a member who will serve as a “mentor” to the nature center, and provide help, guidance and training in the set-up and maintenance of the Observation Hive at their facility, please contact any of our Board members (see listing of Board members at the end of this pamphlet).  Your request will be discussed at the next scheduled Board Meeting. For more information, contact Jeff Shwartz at (203) 426-8620 or obs-hive@backyardbeekeepers.com

Host a Hive

Want bees? If you’d like a beekeeper to place bees on your property, we can help. We can put you in touch with BYBA members who want to take care of bees on other peoples’ property. For more information, contact Rick Glover at (203) 520-4561 or host-a-hive@backyardbeekeepers.com

Research

BYBA conducts an annual survey of its membership to monitor the health of our hives and the success of specific treatments to deal with bee diseases or pests.  The findings of these surveys are made available to the national beekeeping community.  For more information, please email research@backyardbeekeepers.com

Our general membership meetings are held on the last Tuesday of most months at 7:30 PM at the Norfield Church in Weston, CT.
Please see our Calendar of Events for details.

64 Norfield Rd
Weston, CT 06883

Workshops - 2022

Please note: BYBA workshops are open to members and their guests.

Additional workshop information will be posted soon.

TBD , 2022

Workshops - 2021

Please note: BYBA workshops are open to members and their guests.

Additional workshop information will be posted soon.

TBD , 2021 Hive Setup & Bear Fence BYBA Board

March , 2021 CSI: Dead Out - Why Did They Die?

April , 2021 Hiving Package Bees - Hive Inspection #1

September 25, 2021 Winter Prep Workshop w/ David Blocher & Rick Glover

Workshops - 2020

Please note: BYBA workshops are open to members and their guests.

Additional workshop information will be posted soon.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 Hive Setup & Bear Fence BYBA Board (Norfield Grange, Weston, 11am)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 CSI: Deadout David Blocher (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

Sunday, April 5, 2020 Hiving Package Bees & 1st Inspection Ellen Zampino (BYBA Bee Yard, Easton, 11am)

Monthly Meetings - 2021

February 23, 2021 Rose-Lynn Fisher: Bee, via Zoom

March 30, 2021 Robyn Underwood - COMB Project

April 27, 2021 Jennifer Berry - TBD

May 25, 2021 Sam Comfort - The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly: Recent efforts to simplify a complex bee world

June 29, 2021 Ice Cream Social at LaChat Farm

July 27, 2021 Dan Conlon - Queen Assessment

September 28, 2021 Mary Duane - Honey Judging

October 26, 2021 Nick Hoefly of Astor Apiaries - Beekeeping in the Big Apple

November 30, 2021 Michael Lund - Building your own Equipment

Monthly Meetings - 2020

February 25, 2020 David Tarpy: Coming out of Winter

CANCELED: March 31, 2020 Dan Conlon: Looking for Queens in all the Right Places

CANCELED: April 28, 2020 Anthony Planakis: NYC Bees, A Day in the Life

CANCELED: May 19, 2020 Wyatt Mangum: Topic TBD

CANCELED: June 30, 2020 Dinner & Silent Auction

CANCELED: July 28, 2020 Dan Conlon: Looking for Queens in all the Right Places

September 29, 2020 Tammy Horn: Beeconomy, Women and Bees, and Trade/Global Markets

October 27, 2020 Patty Pulliam & Ellen Zampino: Cleaning and Crafting with Beeswax

November 17, 2020 Howland Blackiston: Mead Making

Monthly Meetings - 2019

January 29, 2019 Jamie Ellis: The Indispensible Nuc

February 26, 2019 Aaron Morris: Masterful Beekeeping

March 26, 2019 Sam Ramsey: Varroa Mites

April 30, 2019 Ed & Marion Szymanski: Planting for Pollinators / Neighborhood Mite Monitoring

May 21, 2019 Grai St. Clair Rice: Bees in the Garden, a Dance with Evolution

June 25, 2019 Dinner & Silent Auction

September 24, 2019 Kim Flottum: Second Season

October 29, 2019 Katie Lee: Queen-Rearing – Selecting Breeder Colonies

November 19, 2019 (was November 26) Larry Connor: The Increase Nucleus as Support Hive in the Backyard Apiary and the Bee Breeding Program

Monthly Meetings - 2018

January 30, 2018 Howland Blackiston: JeoparBee

February 27, 2018 Kirsten Traynor: Over The Atlantic: European Intensive Hive Management

March 27, 2018 Christy Hemenway: Top Bar Hives

April 24, 2018 Roberta Glatz: The Biology of Swarming

May 22, 2018 Peter Borst: Harvesting Honey, Let Me Count the Ways

June 26, 2018 Pot Luck Dinner and Silent Auction

September 25, 2018 Richard Cowles: The Queen of Your Dreams

October 30, 2018 Dewey Caron: Working toward Natural/Treatment-free Colony Management

November 27, 2018 Bill Hesbach: Over-wintering

Monthly Meetings - 2017

January 31, 2017 Sharp Eatman: Wild bees

February 28, 2017 Aaron Morris: Topic TBA

March 28, 2017 Carl Jurica: Raising local queens

April 25, 2017 Frederique Keller: Apitheraphy

May 23, 2017 Christina Grozinger: Partnering with beekeepers

June 27, 2017 Dinner & Silent Auction Meeting

September 26, 2017 Tom Seeley: Honey bees in the wild

October 31, 2017 Kirk Webster: The Evolution of Darwinian Beekeeping.

November 28, 2017 Jennifer Berry: Varroa Virulence

Monthly Meetings - 2016

January 26, 2016 Alison Gillespie, author: Hives in the City

February 23, 2016 Jonathan Snow, PhD. Barnard on Housewarming: Thermoregulation in Honey Bee Colonies

March 29, 2016 Dr.John Boyce M.D., Yale on Honey as Medicine

April 26, 2016 Roberta Glatz, NYS, on Bee Stings & What You Can Do About It

May 24, 2016 James Wilkes on Hive Tracks: Using Technology for Record Keeping

June 28, 2016 Dinner & Silent Auction

September 27, 2016 Anne Frey on Mistakes in Beekeeping

October 25, 2016 Brenna Traver, Penn State, on Honey Bee Pathogens

November 15, 2016 Jennifer Tsuruda, Clemson, on Behavioral resistance to Varroa

Monthly Meetings - 2015

 

January 27, 2015 Sam Droege (meeting cancelled due to snow.)

February 24, 2015 Dr. Meghan Milbrath on Keeping a Healthy Hive

March 31, 2015 Izzy Hill on beneficial nematodes for small hive beetle control

April 28, 2015 Sam Droege on The Glorious Diversity of Other Bees.

May 26, 2015 Wyatt Mangum Ph.D on Queen Introduction

June 30, 2015 Dinner & Silent Auction Meeting

September 29, 2015 Juliana Rangel Posada on Reproductive Biology of Honey Bees

October 27, 2015 Sam Comfort on Future Zombee Apocalypse

November 17, 2015 Michael Fairbrother of Moon Light Meadery on Mead

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