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Additional Information from Past Meetings

April 2017

Dr. Meghan Milbrath from the MSU Department of Entomology and coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative presented "Varroa mite plan" - A plan for detecting and combating the Varroa mites in our hives! You can find much of the information from Meghan's presentation and additional information on Varroa control at the Michigan Pollinator Initiative website under Beekeepers and Varroa. The information under the Resources section is especially helpful. Two very helpful documents are Planning for Varroa and Tools for Varroa Management.

November 2017

Click here for the recipes for the treats from the November meeting.

Click here for Dr. Dewey M. Caron's personation "Do You Have a PLAN". (4 Meg)

January 2018

Link to video on Adam Ingrao's Heroes to Hives.

March 2018

For those of you who didn't make the Friday night activities at the MBA conference, below is a link to the honey recipes that were presented by Chef Jim Ford CC, CPC.

MBA Spring 2018 conference recipes

April  2018
Links to the vendors with plants:
Mike Connor Honeytree Nursery
Vern Stephens Designs by Nature

          Wildflower Garden Layout

          Pollinator Garden Layout
Debbie and Dallas Montgomery's Go Grow Plant Natives
Native Plant Descriptions

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Upcoming Events

​See our Events page for more COMB and other upcoming beekeeping events

October 8th - Regular meeting

COMB 10th Anniversary Celebration​ - IMPORTANT - We are doing more than our normal coffee and snacks. A caterer will be supplying refreshments. There will be no cost to attendees but we do need a count of people attending to give the caterer. We are asking that if you are planning to attend you use the link below to register. Please register by Wednesday October 3. Again, there is no cost to you, we just need a count.

Click here to register for the October 8th COMB Anniversary Celebration Meeting​​

​Our Speakers:

Dr. Roger Hoopingarner - COMB, 10 years in 10 minutes - A history of the Center Of Michigan Beekeepers club.

Roger is a Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Entomology, has specialized in Apiculture for 65 years. His teaching, Cooperative Extension, and research interests in the biology and management of the honey bee include seminal work in pollination of orchard crops. He has been the author, co-author or cited in hundreds of research articles, books, and journal articles on bee diseases, varroa mite population dynamics and control, pollination systems, and many more apiculture related topics. He is also one of the founding members of COMB and the force behind getting the club started.

Dr. Larry Connor - New books, Old books and American Honey Plants; And a few thoughts about Winter Prep.

Dr. Larry Connor earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University upon completion of his dissertation on strawberry pollination, and assumed the position of extension apicultural entomologist at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  There his program attracted the attention of investors interested in moving the Dadant Starline and Midnite Hybrid Queen Program to Florida to establish the world’s first mass production facility for the instrumental inseminated queen honeybees. Dr. Connor is currently a regular contributor to Bee Culture and the American Bee Journal magazines, with emphasis on queen and drone biology and management and beekeeper interviews.

Because of the special activities for the COMB Anniversary Celebration there will not be a beginners question and answer session before the meeting at 6:00. We will also be meeting in the classrooms this month rather than the arena. The visit to the MSU Sentinel Hives starting at 5:00 P.M. is still planned. Dr. Meghan Milbrath from the MSU Department of Entomology will be demonstrating the use of oxalic acid for treating for varroa mites. This is a link for a map to the entrance, located at 4201 Collins Rd.  Follow the drive to the back of the pole barn and then to Power Lines Rd. to the east. Parking is not ideal. It is a 600' walk to the hives from the parking area and room is limited around the hives. Because of this, we would like to limit participation to those who have one or two years (or limited) experience. Please remember to bring your bee suits and gloves as well as sturdy shoes for walking. 

PollenCheck:  A honey bee forage pilot study

​We are looking for approximately 25 beekeepers spread around the state of Michigan to become citizen scientists, collect pollen and enter their data in our PollenCheck mobile application. You can review the information about the project at: http://masl.cis.gvsu.edu/portfolio/pollencheck/

On this web page, you will find general information about the project, the 'Apply Here' button as well as some detailed tutorials with step by step instructions of what would be required of the participants this summer (see PollenCheck Tutorials by scrolling all the way down the web page).

Our team will provide all the materials needed for the project including 2 front porch pollen traps. We have secured funding to subsidize half of the total 100$ kit. This means that each participant would be required to contribute 50$ to participate in the PollenCheck Summer 2017 Michigan Pilot Project. The pollen traps are yours to keep after the season, which makes this a really good deal!

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Questions should be directed to Jen Blackburn (jdensteadt@gmail.com)

COMB is a club for beekeepers in the mid-Michigan area. COMB's purpose is the study and promotion of the science and art of beekeeping. Meetings are open to the public but only members who are current on their dues may vote on club business. Club meetings are usually held at 6:30 PM on the second Monday of the month at the MSU Pavilion. Check Inside COMB Events for updated information on club meetings and upcoming events. Follow COMB on Social Media at our Facebook site for group discussions and questions.

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