Beekeepers in Bethesda, MD

This mailing list is primarily of interest to beekeepers who manage hives in the general area of Bethesda, MD (USA) and whose "Bee Fly Zone" (BFZ) intersects with Bethesda.

Successful beekeeping is highly dependent on local circumstances and conditions. In an urban / suburban area, where there are many beekeepers in close quarters, knowing what is happening with our neighboring colonies can inform our own practices. Bethesda is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Maryland with no official boundaries, but we all know roughly where it is. The USGS defines Bethesda as an area whose center is at 38°58′50″N 77°6′2″W, and the US Postal Service defines it to comprise ZIP codes 20810, 20811, 20813, 20814, 20815, 20816, and 20817.

Your BFZ is all the land and airspace in a radius of three to five miles around your own apiary. How you define your own BFZ is somewhat "fuzzy" too. Most "commonly uttered opinion" is that honey bees forage within three miles of their hive. Bee scientists state that if inadequate forage is found closer to the hive, they will range as far as 5.8 miles to forage. Studies of the furthest distance a honey bee can fly have been recorded as 23 km (14.2 miles). The Maryland State Apiarist warns all registered beekeepers within a 5-mile radius of reported cases of AFB. You decide whether beekeeping in Bethesda affects your bees.

The intent of this list is not to repeat or replace the mailing lists of the Montgomery County, Washington DC, or Northern Virginia beekeeping groups (MCBA, DCBA and NVBA). Any or all those groups are worth joining if you keep your bees in Bethesda. Each of those groups has a mailing list and a website that covers beekeeping in their region of coverage. To some extent, if you keep bees in Bethesda, your BFZ probably intersects with parts of the Northern Virginia or Washington DC beekeeping area.

When you are thinking about posting to a mailing list with a question or comment, ask yourself whether it is relevant to the broader audience of one of those lists, or whether it is a more of a local issue. For general beekeeping questions, you will probably get more responses from a broader base of beekeepers if you post to a club mailing list.

Questions or discussions about circumstances that are local to your apiary would be most appropriate on this list. For example:

... that sort of thing is exactly why this list exists.

Sometimes it is also just good to have a way to contact close by beekeepers.

The usual "netiquette" for mailing lists applies here. Please keep conversations civil, respectful, and at least peripherally related to beekeeping. Let's try to leave the politics on the news media or at our "day jobs." 

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