- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 2, 2002

David Morris, certified master beekeeper and vice president of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association, has a pet peeve: backyard beekeepers who don't attend local association meetings or read up on the subject. It is essential, he believes, to understand what is happening with the colony and in the hive to stay interested and fully enjoy the experience of backyard beekeeping. Here are some contacts to keep you up with the latest buzz:

Organizations and agencies
The Maryland State Beekeepers Association at https://iaa.umd.edu/mdbee/mdbee.html. The Web site lists local meetings, upcoming classes, bee and equipment suppliers, news articles, state inspector reports, and other information. The Montgomery County chapter meets at Brookside Gardens, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, at 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month except December.
The Virginia State Beekeepers Association, at www.ento.vt.edu/~fell/apiculture/vabees/vabees.htm, is a statewide association that assists the beekeeping industry in Virginia. The local branch is the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association, whose representative is in Winchester, Va.
The Virginia Tech Extension Cooperative Service, 540/231-6704 or www.ext.vt.edu. The Web site lists county extension offices throughout Virginia.

Books
"Beekeeping for Dummies," by Howland Blackiston (John Wiley & Sons, $19.99). This easy-to-follow guide recently hit the bookshelves. It is comprehensive but easy to read and a must for beginning beekeepers.
"The Beekeeper's Handbook," by Diana Sammataro, et. al. (Cornell University Press, $24.95). Mr. Morris believes this is the standard for those just starting in beekeeping.
"Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping," by Dewey Caron, professor of entomology at the University of Delaware. (Wiewas Press, $40). More advanced than the preceding two. Mr. Morris keeps it on his bookshelf for reference.
"The Hive and the Honey Bee," (revised edition edited by Joe M. Graham, Dadant & Sons, $36). It was first issued in 1853 and is in its 40th edition. This book reads more like a college textbook. The chapters were written by bee experts from around the world.
Joanne Lukens


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