Upcoming Events

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MSU Sentinel Hives - Watch for this event to come back next spring.

February 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM Regular Monthly Meeting at the MSU Pavilion

Mike Hansen, State of Michigan Apiarist from MDARD.

Mike will be speaking about regulatory issues related to honey bees. You will want to check out Keeping Bees in Michigan from the Michigan Pollinator Initiative Website: www.pollinators.msu.edu.

Mike is a graduate of Michigan Technological University. He served as the Soil Conservation District Forester in Leelanau County starting in 1978.  In 1987 he joined the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Plant Industry Division as a District Inspector with regional responsibility for apiary programs in SW Michigan.  In 1992, he was appointed to serve as State Apiarist.  He is the Plant Heath Program Field Supervisor for Southern Michigan and State Apiarist. He is a member of the Apiary Inspectors of America representing Michigan. 

He served on the Right to Farm Care of Farm Animals Committee, developing Generally Accepted Management Practices for Bees and Bee Keeping, serves on the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan Steering Committee, and as an Advisory committee for the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.  He also serves as a non- voting representative to the Michigan Beekeepers Association.

February 22, 2020 COMB Beginner Beekeeping Class at the MSU Pavilion

Registration is now open for the COMB Beginner Beekeeping Class. Registration is from 7:45-8:15 with the class ending at 4:00. You will be on your own for lunch. Please be aware that there is also an equine event at the Pavilion this weekend, in case you have issues with horses. This year we will not be supplying a book so students can select the one they prefer. Cost is $20 for COMB members and $25 for non-members. Information on COMB membership can be found under Inside COMB on the menu bar above. More information and to register for the course can be found at the link below.


March 6-7 2020 Michigan Beekeepers Association (MBA) Spring Conference

If you have not been before you don't want to miss the spring MBA conference at the MSU Kellogg center. Lots of good speakers and lots vendors for all your upcoming beekeeping needs. See the link below for more details.



COMB does not usually have a March meeting because it follows so closely on the heels of the MBA spring conference. Because of a special opportunity there will be a March meeting. Arrangements are being made to have Dr. Kirsten Traynor of Flickerwood Apiary stay over from the MBA meeting and give an special presentation to COMB. Mark you calendar and watch for more details.

Kirsten received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007, annually awarded to ten American leaders in their field. She drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting her findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.

Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp. From 2015-2017 she edited Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. She edited American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers. She’s currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter @FlowersLoveBees. 

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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.

Bee Packages

This year COMB is limiting bee package sales to COMB members only. You must have paid your 2020 dues to order packages. Dues are only $10 and can be paid at meetings or by going to the COMB website and under Inside COMB on the menu bar select Membership. The bees sales will be handled by AWS Bees and COMB will only act as a collection point for orders.  Pickup will be around April 10 to April 20 depending on the weather at Diane Karsten's, 3904 Roundlake Road, Dewitt MI 48820. See last page of the order form. Click here for order form and pricing. Please follow directions on the order form closely. Checks are to be made out to AWS bees but mailed to Roberto Johnson for processing. Orders placed directly with AWS Bees will not be available for pickup with the COMB order. Club orders MUST go through Robert Johnson. Questions call/text Robert Johnson 517-525-4173.

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​​​​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.

COMB Beginner Beekeeper Class
February 22, 2020

See Upcoming Events below for more information and to register.