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Beekeepers Association of Southern California


also known as



Beekeepers Association of Southern California


also known as


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What are we?

A group dedicated to:

  • helping urban bees survive
  • networking
  • helping new beekeepers

Who are we?

People who:

  • have beehives
  • want to have beehives
  • are just interested in bees

Join us for Meetings every 4th Thursday - except Nov. & Dec.

Please see calendar for meeting dates and event dates.

Learn about bees and beehives from speakers and meet real beekeepers!

(Sorry no bees allowed)

Join us for Meetings every 4th Thursday - except Nov. & Dec.

Please see calendar for meeting dates and event dates.

Learn about bees and beehives from speakers and meet real beekeepers!

(Sorry no bees allowed)

August 22, 2019

Preparing our bees for the winter! Come join us for a question and answer time. Experts will be answering your questions.

July 25, 2019

After our fun honey-tasting contest, we decided to let everyone taste all the honey and judge for themselves. One member brought lots of different honey from many European countries for all to try. Another member brought some from Slovenia from a recent trip.


June 27, 2019

Members, bring one 8 oz jar or bottle of your very own honey to be judged in our very first honey competition this Thursday. Must enter before 6:45. Please see the rules sheet on the Calendar Tab at the top of this page, under the date, June 27th.


April 25, 2019

Re-queening our hive is a subject that we should all be able to discuss with our beekeeping friends. But, when do we re-queen? How do we do it? And, most importantly, why would we re-queen? There are so many scenarios taking place during the year that would require this task. If you would like to hear our presentation by Mark Haag and Sean Crowley, you will want to be present at this meeting. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussions.


March 28, 2019

Rob Stone is a partner at Orange County Beekeeping Supplies. He is a past President of the Orange County Beekeepers Association.  He kept bees here in Orange County as a youngster and restarted again in 2009. He keeps about 30 colonies between  a bee yard in Irvine and in the High Desert.  He believes strongly in keeping gentle bees, and offers advice to customers visiting the store in Fullerton,  Calif. Tonight's presentation 'Reading the Combs' focuses on determining the health of a honeybee colony by examining the brood combs. This is an important task during any hive inspection, but is not often taught.  Both new and experienced beekeepers enjoy this presentation as it is highly interactive, audience participation is welcome. 

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February 28, 2019

We’re going to have a lot of fun at this meeting! First of all we’ll have the hive-decorating contest. Bring your single, double, med or deeps, all decorated by you, the member, only. Prizes!!

This month, the subject is pollen. Have you ever wondered if you could be allergic to pollen? What about the healing effects of eating pollen? How can we get from the bees? How do we store it? There’s so much to learn about who uses it and why. Well, don’t miss this pollen information meeting.

Click here to see the slideshow of all entries


January 24, 2019

Please join us for our first meeting of the new year. Meet new beekeepers. Learn new things about your bees, your fellow beekeepers, community, and especially learn how to get ready for the new beekeeping year.

October 25, 2018

As the year comes to an end, we welcome our Board Members for 2019: Jose Amezcua - President, Dick Dyer - Vice President, Joan Day - Secretary, Richard Krull - Treasurer, and Sandy Tabako - Member at Large. We do not have a meeting Nov or Dec. We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you January 24, 2019.

September 27, 2018

California State Beekeeping Convention is going on this November in Temecula. If you aren’t attending, this is the perfect time to get to know new beekeepers, and ask any questions you may have. Elections will be going on this month for anyone interested in holding a Board position. Voting will take place at the October meeting.


August 23, 2018

We will be having three speakers this month.  Joan Day, our Secretary will be speaking on Bee Anatomy, Terri Owens Clark will be speaking on the Bee in the Colony, and Dr. Wallace will be speaking on Bee disease.  If you are a new beekeeper or a seasoned keeper of bees, you will be sure to enjoy this presentation.  Each will prepare a 20-minute presentation, and questions can be asked at the end so all have time to present.

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June 28, 2018

While you are lying in your hammock enjoying a glass of lemonade, summer is the time the bees are working in their colonies.  They may be bringing in nectar and/or pollen, water, and even old propolis.  They never take a day off.          *Hopefully, you have your honey supers on and can feel them getting heavier and heavier.                                                               *So, while they are busy, we need to take time to repair our frames.  If you need new wire, or you need to tighten the wire you have, or even strengthen your frames or replace eyelets, this meeting will be filled with experienced beekeepers sharing the way they repair frames.  As Dick shows us all the different scenarios of repairs on various frames, feel free to chime in, if you have something to add.  Bring a frame you may have issues with. Even bring a favorite tool you use to make repairs.  This will help all of us save $$$, and that will help our bottom line.              Please come early to help set chairs up, if you have time.  Check to see which room we are in.                                                             If you would like to bring any refreshments, you are welcome to do so.                                                                                                     See you at the meeting: 6:30 sharp!


May 24, 2018

* What!  You didn't get all the information you need to collect those swarms from last month's meeting?  You're in luck!  We're going to continue our lively discussion of swarms.  This month, we'll be learning much about how L.L. Langstroth insured that his swarms were taken care of, ready to go strong into the fall and winter and come out strong in the beginning of spring.  
* As always, we have many knowledgeable beekeepers willing to answer your questions.  Please bring them to the meeting.
* If you happen to have anything you'd like to donate for the raffle, please bring it the night of our meeting.  Much appreciated.
* During the break, we're going to be able to taste honey from Mexico, Peru, New Zeland, and Downey.  If you have any honey you'd love people to taste, please bring it.  
* After the break, Dick will show us how to repair our frames for reuse.  We all need to save a little money, and this will really help!
See you Thursday at 6:30.  Come early, if you like.


April 26, 2018


Swarms, swarms, swarms!  Yes, it's the season to talk about them, capture them, give them a new home, and learn how to care for them.

Come to this month's meeting where will give you the how to's of swarm catching.

MARCH 22, 2018

What's blooming in your yard?  Avocado and orange trees?  Flowers?  Are your hives prepared for the honey flow?  Have you ever wondered about the beginnings and endings of the Buckfast Bees?  Have you begun pulling honey off your hive?  Too early for your bees?  We all love watching our bees at the entrance of the hive.  Maybe we grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit out there in the morning hoping they will do something exciting and fun, and you will learn just one more thing that they are trying to tell you.  Or, you get up early, drive an hour to your 75-hive apiary, hoping to get inspections in before the sun causes the sweat to begin dripping into your eyes.  Either way, finding time to attend our meeting will always bring laughter, joy, and new friendships. At our March meeting, all these items will be discussed, and many more.  Come join us as spring is quickly upon us.


February 22, 2018

Propolis? What's that, you ask?  What's all that sticky stuff in the hive? Should I just scrape it out and throw it away?  No!!  You will learn all the benefits of the "bee's penicillin."

It's time to share what you've seen in your hive this past month, and what are you going to do about it.

Knowledgeable beekeepers will answer all your questions.



January 25, 2018

Our speaker will be:  Karine Pouliquen

Karine, Orange County Beekeeper Association member and Orange County Master Gardener, relocated to Southern California from MN a few years ago. Karine has now been keeping bees for well over 10 years and has been teaching the art and science of beekeeping for over 6 years. She acquired her beekeeping skill set and scientific based knowledge at the University of MN where she also worked and volunteered on various research projects with Dr. Marla Spivak.

While Karine has left the university setting, she remains dedicated to honey bee hive management with her focus on education, remaining current with science based honey bee husbandry, research, and IPM pest management. Karine initiated the Beekeeping Program at South Coast Research & Extension Center (SCREC) 2 years ago teaching Master Gardeners and the general public, and developing a teaching apiary where hands-on learning happens.

Karine Pouliquen

Karine Pouliquen

September 28, 2017

Our Speaker will be: Randy Oliver

Click here for Slideshow of event.

Don't miss out as one of the most knowledgeable beekeepers and scientists visits our club.  Come with questions as well as a good listening ear.  All visiting clubs, free.   

We are also invited to the pizza night with Randy Oliver on Friday night, the 29th.  Saturday, there will be a lecture and field visit with Randy.  This is through the OC Beekeepers.  When I get the sign-up link, I will post it here.  There is a cost to both of these events.


This is the link to sign up for the Saturday event Click below


Randy Oliver - Scientific Beekeeping

Randy Oliver - Scientific Beekeeping


August 24, 2017

Speaker - Mark Haag

Mark Haag, Lecturer and Instructor in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Dept. at the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, at Cal Poly Pomona will be our presenter this month.

Bees, bee classes, beekeeping students!  That's what's happening in the new acreage that's been put under his care this year, and hopefully for years to come. We are excited to partner with them as they build this new Apiary from the ground up.  Come and be part of this exciting time when Mark shares with us all that's going into this new project.

Cynthia joined us in July to encourage us to sign up for shifts at the Los Angeles County Fair.  This is our main fundraiser that allows us to pay for special speakers.  You don't need to have much beekeeping experience, as this is a time for you to share with the public, especially the children, and learn a lot while having fun.  Look in your inbox for the link to sign up for your shift at the LA County Fair.

Mark Haag - A Man Out Standing in His Field!

Mark Haag - A Man Out Standing in His Field!