Center Of Michigan Beekeepers

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Please note we have a change for this meeting. We will be starting at 6:00 PM and will not be doing hive visits or the beginners class room question and answer.​

​6:00-7:00 Dale Woods and Kay Barber - Honey Extracting. This talk is for everyone and is hands on if you want. Great change for new beekeepers to get some hands on experience and learn multiple ways to do honey extraction. You will also learn about the honey extractor the club has to rent.

7:00-7:15 Business Meeting with our club President Mike Risk

7:15-7:30 Break

​7:30-8:30 Anne Marie Fauvel from the Bee Informed Partnership ( will be presenting. She will be talking on Hobby Beekeepers as Citizen Scientists: advancing national honey bee research (and becoming better beekeepers in the process)​. The Bee Informed Partnership is dedicated to working with beekeepers to better understand which management practices work best. They gather survey data from thousands of beekeepers every season to understand how different management practices affect honey bee health, and report their findings back to the industry. They have combined an interdisciplinary and diverse group of accomplished professionals from numerous universities and research labs around the country to lead the efforts of the project. Anne Marie will be talking on 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! 

August 13th - Regular Meeting

We will return to our regular schedule. Sentinel bee yard visit at 5:00 PM and beginners classroom question and answer at 6:00 PM.

6:30 PM Regular Meeting

Mike Risk, Dale Woods and Gale Moore - Robbing and what to do about it. There are lots of ways to prevent and deal with your hives being robbed but other bees. There are be lots of different devices to deter robbing and there will be many at the meeting for you to review. August is prime robber season so this is a very timely topic. The team will give a short presentation before our main speaker.

Steve Tillman - Beekeeping in New Zealand. Our very own Steve Tillman took some time away from "In The Beekeeper's Workshop" and visited New Zealand and learned a whole lot about beekeeping in that far away country. Expect to hear what beekeepers there told him and probably a little something about Manuka honey.

September 10th - Regular Meeting

​Chris Robbins will be talking about winter prep. This will also be a Vendor Day. More details closer to the meeting date.

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:

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!

Shirts are 100% Cotton, 5.3 oz. weight and fit true to size. Each design is available in a men's crew neck and a ladies V-neck.

Questions should be directed to Jen Blackburn (

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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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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.