MONTHLY HABA MEETINGs
Due to changes in class schedules at GVSU's Holland campus, our meeting time has been changed to the third Tuesday of the month. This will begin with our September meeting:
- September 18, 2018 - This meeting will feature a facilitated panel discussion on WINTERIZING your bees, hives and apiary in order to optimize your colonies' chances of surviving and thriving for the 2019 season.
- October 16, 2018 - Tony McCaul & students from Careerline Tech will present on their apiary and related projects.
- November 20, 2018 - Cathy & Dale Dykema will inform on their Cuban Beekeeping Tour the different approaches to beekeeping in this island country.
- December 18, 2018 - Holiday party.
- January 19,2019 - Banquet at the Trestle Stop in Hamilton, Michigan.
- February 16, 2019 - Bee school at GVSU Holland Campus.
The September meeting will feature a panel discussion on winter preparation
A panel of experienced beekeepers will provide their insights into topics including (but not limited to) fall treatments, supplemental feeding, hive protection, the importance of ventilation & moisture control, and the size of the hive. Some questions will be addressed by the moderator to get things started, but this meeting is really for YOU to ask the questions you have about getting your hives through the winter for a strong spring build-up.
Come prepared to ask the experts about preparing for winter.
Here are a couple of websites that might get you started:
The 2018 Annual North American Mite-A-Thon : A Citizen Science Initiative
Saturday, September 8 to Saturday, September 15, 2018
Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee
colonies across North America within a one-week window. All beekeepers can participate, creating a rich distribution of
sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to
www.mitecheck.com. For more information, click here.
Michigan Beekeepers Association 2018 Fall State Meeting
October 27, 2018
The Doherty Hotel
604 N. McEwan St. Claire, MI
Consider attending this one day event to discuss and learn about a variety of issues related to Michigan bees and beekeeping.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kim Skyrm Ph.D, The Massachusetts Apiary Program Coordinator. There will be updates from our state inspectors, MSU researchers, and more.
You are encouraged to submit honey to the honey show. This event is a fun way to learn about improving the quality of your honey.
MBA will also be holding elections.
For more information visit http://www.michiganbees.org/2018-fall-state-meeting/?
You can become a POLLINATOR CHAMPION
The Michigan Pollinator Initiative team is excited to announce the launch of a new online course! Pollinator Champions is a free, self-paced course offered through Michigan State University. The course incldes videos, articles, and fun activities to guide you through the world of pollinators and pollination. Anyone with an internet connection can enroll. You do not have to be an MSU student or faculty to participate. And while everyone is welcome to learn about pollinators for free, for a small contribution, you can also receive a certificate and materials to facilitate your own presentations about pollinators.
Read more or register for Pollinator Champions at www.pollinators.msu.edu/programs/pollinator-champions/
INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT GRAFTING QUEENS, BUT CAN'T GET TO A CLASS ON THE SUBJECT?
- CLICK HERE for links to videos that provide a step-by-step demonstration and a queen rearing calendar. Information on queen rearing is at the bottom of the page.