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Upcoming Events

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

Click here for information from past meetings

April 24 2019 Earth Day

Students will visit with beekeepers at the COMB table inside Constitution Hall. Volunteers still needed. Contact Mike Risk at

May 11 Board of Water and Light Adopt A River at Impression 5 Science Center

COMB will have an information table at Impression 5 to answer questions on beekeeping and why pollinators like bees are important.We also still need volunteers for this evert. If you can help contact Brian Jennings at

May 13

Mike Connor - Topic TBD but you know it will be on trees, plants and bees.

Mike Connor has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1998. Being an Arborist and a nursery grower, as well as a beekeeper for more than 50 years has provided him with a unique understanding of  trees, plants, and bees. Mike thinks of himself as a tree physician, not a tree mortician! He does not take down many trees, rather, his goal is to prevent trees from having to be removed in the first place. Mike has been to COMB meetings before and you always learn something new.

Mike will also be taking pre-orders for trees that he will deliver at the May COMB meetings. You can pre-order at his website, Make sure you specify "Pickup at COMB May Meeting" for the "Specify Delivery options:". Mike has also offered to donate 10% of sales back to the club so your purchase also helps support the club.

​​Vince Ste. Marie - Identification and Management of Africanized Honeybee Genetics

​​Vince is a Michigan native and holds a BBA in Management from Eastern Michigan University. Besides his job as a pharmaceutical sales representative, he and his family have a family farm including chemical free gardens, orchard, vineyard and various livestock.  He has been a chemical-free beekeeper since 2012 and the owner/operator of a retail Pollinator Plant nursery since 2016.

​Vince's talk will cover:

  • the introduction and range expansion of the Africanized Honeybee in the Americas
  • notable behavioral characteristics of Africanized Honeybees that may aid beekeepers in identifying Africanized hives
  • management options if Africanized Honeybee colonization within the managed hive is suspected

Vince will also be taking pre-orders for the pollinator plants he sells. Check out his flier here and contact him directly from the information on his flier to pre-order for delivery at the May 13th meetings.

June 10

Dr. Meghan Milbrath - Topic TBD

Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan.

She studied biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received degrees in public health from Tulane University and the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental and disease transmission risk. Meghan worked as a postdoctoral research associate under Zachary Huang at Michigan State University, studying nosema disease, and is currently an academic specialist at MSU, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.

Meghan is active in multiple beekeeping organizations, writes for multiple beekeeping journals, and speaks about bees all over the country. She currently runs the Northern Bee Network, a directory and resource site dedicated to supporting queen producers, and she is passionate about keeping and promoting healthy bees.

Ana Heck - Mite Check

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 (UMN) Bee Squad in 2014, where she managed apiaries, provided hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and managed UMN Bee Squad outreach and Extension programs. She 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. Heck holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Creighton University.

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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.

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Bee Sales

2019 Bee Packages are SOLD OUT!

Current status on delivery is sometime after May 5th

People who purchased packages will be emailed with an update when we know more

Club members Kay Barber and Dale Woods will also be selling nucs on their own. Click here for an order form.

​AWS Bees LLC was at the January meeting. They are again selling California packages and queens. For more information, pricing and ordering click here

​​​COMB Dues

It's that time of year again. COMB dues run from January to December. To vote on officers at the January meeting your dues must be paid by then. You can pay your dues at the January or December meeting. See the COMB Membership page for more information.

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