Speaker Schedule

Speaker Schedule

December 14

Election at 7:30pm,



Election over Zoom.

The consensus from the Nov. Membership Meeting is that we should not have an in-person December meeting with election and potluck.
Research into a January Potluck is on-going
Dec. 14
Program at 8:00pm
Dr. John Hafernik

Professor Emeritus of Biology
Ph.D., Entomology, University of California, Berkeley
John Hafernik’s research focuses on evolutionary and ecological processes at the population or species level and conservation biology of insects. He is especially interested in the evolution of mating systems, isolating mechanisms, and interactions between insects and their animal plant hosts. Dr. Hafernik was formerly the president of the board of trustees of the California Academy of Sciences.


Phorid Flies Parasitizing Honey Bees in the Bay Area and Beyond
The parasitization of honey bees causes them to leave the hive at night, and fly toward light sources, where they eventually fall to the ground and die. Emerging larva then pupate in the ground, where they mature into the next generation of flies.  In the bay-area, peak season for Phorid flies is the winter months.
December 21 No Third-Tuesday program
Merry Christmas
January 11

Meeting at 7:30pm,

Program at 8:00pm

Phil Stob

For many years a Fremont beekeeper, and ACBA member.  Phil specializes in novel beekeeping equipment and optimizing his swarm traps. His traps collected as many as 24 swarms in a year; he gives most of them to local beginner beekeepers.
Swarm Traps  / Bait-Hives – Refresher
Bait-hives in the bee-yard can collect swarms from the yard, or swarms from the neighborhood.  Free Local Bees.
January 18

Program at 7:30pm

Walter M Shaw
Ex-research ecologists Walter Shaw, graduate of Bangor University in North Wales, and MSc from University of New Brunswick (Canada), and spouse Jenny (director of Bee-Craft magazine) took up beekeeping together 34 years ago to insure pollination of their newly planted orchard. Their fascination with bees drove their expansion to 50 hives in six apiaries as a virtual second career. Honey income finances the obsession. Except for their first colony, acquired from a local beekeeper, all colonies and queens came from splitting, queen breeding, and swarm-catching on Anglesey which is somewhat isolated from the rest of Wales. 
The Role of Swarm Control in Beekeeping

An overview of swarm control based on 34 years of observation, study, and fine tuning; then, a wide open Q&A on swarm control and any other bee management topic

February 8Meeting at 7:30pm,

Program at 8:00pm

Jerry Przybylski
Ten year ACBA member; coordinator of the swarm-hotline volunteer team.
Swarm Collecting, the ACBA Swarm-List,  and Serving our Community
2021 had about 800 calls to the ACBA swarm hotline, of which over 300 were reports of swarms,  the most calls ever.
We serve the community by relocating those swarms to our yards. Win for the bees. Win for the neighborhood. Win for the beekeeper.  Learn how to get hooked in,  and some best-practices.
February 15 TBD
March 8Meeting at 7:30pm,

Program at 8:00pm

Dr. Brian Johnson

UC Davis professor of Entomology, and researcher

Honey Bee Biology

Workshops are as yet unscheduled.