Holland Area Beekeepers Association meetings are held the second Thursday of the month (except when noted) at the Grand Valley State University Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd. Holland, Michigan. Arrive to mingle at 6:30 pm. Announcements and presentations begin at 7:00. The gathering ends at 9:00 pm.

We provide encouragement and support for those who are new to keeping honeybees, those who are interested but not necessarily intending to keep bees, as well as experienced beekeepers. Monthly meetings feature a presentation on a topic that is relevant to beekeepers. There will be time before and after these presentations to pose questions and share ideas with your fellow bee enthusiasts.

There is no charge for membership

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MAY 10 MEETING -

Join us from 7-9 pm on Thursday, May 10th for our monthly meeting, complete with coffee, conversation (about bees, of course) and information. You are welcome to gather prior to the meeting, starting at 6:30, to mingle and ask questions. The meeting will be held at the Meijer (Holland) Campus of Grand Valley State University, 515 S. Waverly in Holland. There will be time set aside at the end of the meeting for small group discussions with experienced beekeepers.

This month's presentation is:

Hobby Beekeepers as Citizen Scientists: advancing national honey bee research (and becoming better beekeepers in the process) -- by Anne Marie Fauvel

This presentation describes the Bee Informed Partnership and their efforts/programs. For 2 years now, the GVSU Meijer Campus in Holland has participated in some of the BIP's efforts through the sentinel apiary program. Anne Marie Fauvel will use the data she collected during the past 2 years to share what she has learned in the process. You too can participate, contribute to the national honey bee solution and become a better beekeeper in the process! 

Anne Marie Fauvel is the new Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) Tech Team coordinator. She oversees the logistics of the expert Tech Transfer Teams servicing commercial beekeepers throughout the United States. This provides national data on the health of our honey bee colonies used to further research with the affiliated Universities. She is also the campus apiarist for the GVSU Meijer Campus in Holland and continues to teach classes related to honey bees and beekeeping at GVSU and in the community.


BEE INFORMED PARTNERSHIP

It’s April! That means April Fool’s, Easter, rainy weather, and the...

BIP Colony Loss & Management Survey!

 
The purpose of the Survey is to document and understand long-term honey bee colony loss trends, as well as to correlate management practices that are associated with high colony survivorship. We can’t do this without your support!

WHAT DO MY BEES NEED IN EARLY SPRING?

Are you a first year beekeeper wondering how to help your bees make it to the first nectar flow? Throughout the winter your bees probably moved up to find honey stored toward the top of the hive. By now they may be out of groceries! The colony is starting to raise baby bees and will be going through the stored food quickly. Sugar blocks may be the only source of food to get them through the next few weeks. In a typical Michigan spring, we often have a week or two of cooler wet weather when the foragers can't to get out to bring in that early maple and willow nectar and pollen. Really plentiful food starts with the dandelion bloom in May. So, don't lose your colony in April -- FEED!

Click here for Chuck Bauer's recipe for sugar blocks.


BEEKEEPERS AGED 12-18 may apply for the 2018 Bayer Bee Care Young Beekeeper award by clicking here.  Details of the requirements for entry are included on the form. The Young Beekeeper Award allows entrants between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to win $3,000 (1st place), $2,000 (2nd place) or $1,000 (3rd place) to support honey bee-focused initiatives in their schools or communities or to help fund their college tuition. Deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

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OUTREACH:

We are able to provide a representative to a class or organization for a presentation about bees.  This can be tailored to the audience with regards to age, duration and complexity of presentation. We offer this as a way of increasing awareness of and interest in bees and beekeeping. Please send requests to outreach@hollandbees.org

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Visit some of our neighboring bee clubs!

Kalamazoo Bee Club

Grand Rapids Bee Club

Freemont Area Beekeepers Club

Scottville Beekeepers of Mason County

Center of Michigan Beekeepers