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Bee Sales

2019 Bee Packages are SOLD OUT!

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 www.AWSBeesLLC.com.

​​​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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Upcoming Events

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

Click here for information from past meetings

March 8-9 Michigan Beekeepers' Association Spring 2019 Conference.

Come visit us at the COMB table in the vendor hall.

March 11th COMB Monthly Meeting


April 8

Gabriela  Quinlan - Native Bee-Keeping: in Your Backyard and Beyond

Gabriela is an NSF-GRFP funded PhD student at Michigan State University studying the effects of nutrition on honey bee disease, survival and productivity in Midwestern landscapes. She received her BS in Biology from North Carolina State University where she studied wild pollinators, including native bees and endangered butterflies. Gabriela is currently researching in-hive treatments for European Foulbrood through the support of the Hoopingarner Endowed Fellowship and a NC-SARE grant. After graduating Gabriela plans to work in academia, teaching and researching bee ecology.

Your backyard may already be home to honey bees, but there are hundreds of other kinds of native, wild bees in Michigan. Come learn about their fascinating life history, tips for bee-watching, and ways you can support their communities to become a new kind of backyard beekeeper! Also hear about national land management programs that support these pollinators and how such programs may also support honey bees.

Brian Jennings - How to install a package

Your package of bees is coming. What do you do with it when you get it?

May 13

Mike Connor - Topic TBD

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.

​​Vince Ste. Marie - Africanized Bees

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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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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