Additional Information from Past Meetings
Vern Stephens from Designs by Nature in Laingsburg spoke on native pollinators and people had questions on where they could purchase seeds and where Vern would be having sales. Vern recommends Michigan Wildflower Farm in Portland Michigan for all wildflower seed and Native Connections for grass seed (large quantities) in Three Rivers Michigan. Vern’s sales schedule is:
Ottawa Conservation District – April 29
Harris Nature Center, Haslett – May 6
Kent CD, Grand Rapids – May 13
Boardman Nature Center, Traverse City – May 19 – 20
Allegan CD, Saugatuk – May 26
For-Mar Nature Center, Flint – May 27
Leelanau CD, Lake Leelanau – June2
Branch CD, Coldwater – June 10
Manistee CD, Bear Lake – June 16
Mason-Lake CD, Scottville – June 17
Any questions please give Vern a call at 517.230.2923
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.
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!
Michigan State University Extension News
Pollinators and Pollination News Digest
Lansing Home and Garden Show | March 16-19 | East Lansing, MI
Landscaping for Pollinators Conference | March 31 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | East Lansing, MI
Pollinator Garden Volunteer Training | April 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Augusta, MI
Pollinator Garden Saturday Volunteer Training | April 29 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | August, MI
Pollinator Protection Bill
At our October Meeting, Rep. Cochran address the club about the pollinator protection bill that he will be introduced next Wednesday, 10/19. House Bill 5950 has now been introduced and the link below has been updated to the Michigan Legislature website where you can review the most current version and see the progress of the legislation. Rep. Cochran asks that you please review the bill and provide feedback to:
Office of Representative Tom Cochran
Michigan 67th House District
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2017 Bee Packages
Sorry, we have sold out of packages for 2017.
You can check with other clubs or the Northern Bee Network from our Links page for other sources of bees for 2017.
Monthly Meeting May
May 8 Monthly Meeting Hive Inspection at Mike Risk's apiary.
We will open hives and try to answer questions about what you are looking at, what you should be looking for inside the hives and on the frames as Mike has a variety of hives to check. This is a good opportunity for new beekeepers to ask questions.
Please bring your bee suits, veils, gloves as bees will be flying.
Please note this meeting is NOT at the MSU Pavilion. We will be meeting at Mike Risk's apiary at 7575 Hollister Rd, Laingsburg, MI 48848 at our normal starting time of 6:30.
BECAUSE THE WEATHER CAN IMPACT THIS MEETING, PLEASE WATCH THIS WEBSITE AND THE CLUB Facebook PAGE FOR LAST MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANY CHANGES IN LOCATION OR CANCELLATION OF THE MEETING DUE TO WEATHER OR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
A FINAL DECISION ON THE STATUS OF THE MEETING WILL BE MADE
NO LATTER THEN 4:00 PM ON MONDAY 5/8/2017.
Monthly Meeting June
June 12 Monthly Meeting - The hive, what you should see, honey flow, supering and Varroa Mites. PLANT SALE!
The things a beekeeper should be checking on and what you might need to do to take care of the bees. Information on the Michigan Queen Project and what it means to club members.
We are also trying to arrange a plant sale for this meeting. More details to follow.
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.
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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