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Additional Information from Past Meetings
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.
Monthly Meeting July
July 10 Monthly Meeting - Queens and Honey harvesting.
We will be talking about Re-queening, using F1 cells, installing queens, what are queen cells for swarming or superceedure, and what you should know about queens. Pulling Honey, different extraction methods, and use of a refractometer. BRING SAMPLES OF YOUR OWN HONEY TO TEST.
Monthly Meeting August
August 14 Monthly Meeting - Urban Beekeeping by Rich Wieske.
Rich Wieske began keeping bees years ago as a way, or so he thought, to have inexpensive, naturally produced honey for his meadmaking. Two hives in a friend's garden grew into 80 hives in the city of Detroit and a couple of dozen in adjacent suburban neighborhoods.
Rich is a strong proponent of furthering beekeeping as part of Detroit's sustainable farm movement and fostering relationships between urban, suburban and rural beekeepers. He is a member of a dozen local and national beekeeping organizations and actively lectures in community settings and on the conference circuit.
It's been several years since Rich has been to COMB so you defiantly don't want to miss this meeting.
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!
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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