PLEASE NOTE: HABA meeting days are now held on the SECOND THURSDAY of the month from 7-9 pm. unless otherwise noted
Meetings take place at Holland campus of Grand Valley State University.
Upcoming event with Michigan Beekeepers Association:
Join the Michigan Beekeepers for our Annual Summer Picnic!
Please Register Here
- The summer picnic is a free event on June 29 from 1-3 pm. It will be held at DeLano Farm within the Kalamazoo Nature Center (555 West E. Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009). on July 29 from 1-3 pm.
- Attendees may get into the hives onsite. Please bring protective gear if you wish to interact with the hives. There will be activities for children and door prizes.
- Please bring a dish to pass. Ice cream, tableware, and beverages will be provided.
Mark your calendars for upcoming HABA meeting dates:
(Tuesday) June 18, (Thursday) July 11 and (Thursday) August 8
Our June meeting will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7-9 pm
Adam Ingrao will provide an introduction to the hive and discuss hive inspections
"Regular inspections are an important part of maintaining a healthy and productive apiary. In this presentation we will discuss how to inspect your bee colonies by developing our understanding of: The organization of a hive, how to properly handle bees, and what activities should be conducted during regular inspections."
Adam is the Veteran’s Liaison for Michigan State University Extension and an Agricultural Entomologist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD, in Entomology from Michigan State University
An Army veteran and nationally recognized veteran’s advocate, Adam has led efforts to connect veterans with career and wellness opportunities within the agricultural sector. He is the founder and instructor of the MSUE Heroes to Hives program, and the former director of two nonprofits serving farmer veterans in Michigan: The Veterans in Agriculture Network and The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan. His honors include the MSU Plant Science Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship and the US Fruit and Vegetable Industry’s 40 leaders in agriculture under 40 award (40 Under 40).
Our July meeting will be held on THURSDAY, JULY 11, 7-9 pm
Ana Heck on Drama queens:
Deciphering queen events and when to intervene
Learn how to decipher whether your bees are raising a new queen because they are preparing to swarm, planning to kick their current queen from the throne, or just replacing a queen that you may have squished. Understanding queen biology and development, honey bee pheromones, and the colony as a superorganism can help beekeepers know what to do when they see a queen cell. Learn when you should let your bees work out their issues and how to intervene when necessary.
Ana Heck learned how to keep bees in Nicaragua while apprenticing on an organic farm and working with a women's beekeeping cooperative. She joined the University of Minnesota Bee Squad in 2014, where she managed apiaries, provided hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and managed Bee Squad outreach and Extension programs. Heck joined Michigan State University in January 2019 as a Research Technologist to support pollinator education initiatives, honey bee research, and implementation of policies to protect pollinators. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University.
Mite Check Field Demonstration
On Saturday, June 15, a Mite Check Field Demonstration was held at Don Lam's Apiary in Holland. The event was led by Don Lam, and Shelley and Rick Arnold. These individuals received training from Michigan Beekeepers Association in order to provide this field demonstration to local beekeepers. If you missed out on this opportunity, you will have another chance to sign up later this summer. Announcements will be provided through the HABA newsletter.
A copy of the Powerpoint presentation from the field demonstration can be downloaded by clicking here.
HABA local queen rearing interest group
The HABA Queen Interest Group formed in September 2018 as a group of individuals who were interested in raising local hardy queens.
It is our hope that we can improve the genetics of our local bees through education and promotion of locally sustainable methods of beekeeping. A significant piece of this initiative involves breeding queens that are adapted to survive the challenges Michigan’s northern climate.
Stay tuned for monthly updates on the progress of the interest group. If you are interested in being on the queen rearing interest group email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested but not sure what queen rearing involves? Here are a few links to check out the particulars: