Our August AABA Meeting will be held August 21, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM at Arlington Echo.

New Beekeeper Session

Experienced AABA beekeepers will be hosting a new beekeeper session at 6 pm, one full hour before the regularly scheduled meeting time. They will answer questions and demonstrate hive management while inspecting the Arlington Echo hives (weather permitting). Please bring your bee suit and veil. Hope to see you there!


Bart Smith

The speaker for our August meeting will be Bart Smith.

Bart Smith has enjoyed working with honey bees for over 40 years. During that time, he specialized in bee diseases, parasites, and pests that affect honey bee health. He received an MS degree in entomology from the University of Maryland where he investigated the bee louse, Braula coeca, a wingless fly that is found only on honey bees. While at the University, Bart began working for the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and became the State Apiary Inspector for 27 years. After leaving the MDA, he worked as a support scientist at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory (BRL) in Beltsville, MD. His duties at the Bee Lab included running the bee disease diagnostic lab, and he had overall responsibility for the 400 honey bee colonies maintained by the BRL for research purposes. After 13 years, he retired at the end of 2015. Bart has been a long-time supporter of the AABA until he moved to Howard County. He served as program chairman for over 20 years.

Bart will be talking about Honey Bee Pathogens and Pests.

Meeting Location

The meeting will held in the main building at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center.