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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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!
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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 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.
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner - Every things about honey
The second half of the meeting will feature our very own Dr. Roger Hoopingarner on the subject "Every thing about honey". This will be a very interesting and timely subject. He will also answer questions on what is happening in the hive and what steps you may wish to take this month with your bees.
T.M. Klein owner Terry Klein will be taking containers orders all this month for delivery to the September C.O.M.B. meeting. Save on shipping by calling ahead and place an order to be delivered at the meeting. They are open Monday thru Friday 9:00 - 5:00. To request a catalog, receive pricing, place an order for delivery or pick up, and UPS shipping information call: (989) 865-9377 Or Email:email@example.com
T.M. Klein and Sons started just over 40 years ago, as a beekeeping hobby. As our bee operation quickly grew, our need for containers also grew. We then became a Gamber Container distributor over 25 years ago. Our business continues to grow right along with our customer's needs. We specialize in start up businesses and home industries, but also tend to larger operations. Over the years we have been recognized and awarded several small business awards. We currently employ roughly 20 employees, including three generations of family members, who are all looking forward to doing quality business with you! Please remember that the Klein's do not usually bring extra containers for purchase on the spot. They have catalogs and will bring orders large and or small. We will try to find and invite other container vendors.
Monthly Meeting September
September 11 Regular Monthly Meeting - Mike Risk - Winter Preparation
Mike will be covering the fall and winter hive preparations he uses in his bee yards as well as other options you may try.
Sugar Bush Supplies Co. 2611 Okemos Rd. Mason, MI 48854 (517) 349-5185 will be bringing containers to sell as the meeting, and also will be taking orders ahead of time to deliver at the meeting. They can take orders at the meeting as well and ship orders via FedEx "Supplies, Sugar". Check out their catalog, you will be surprised at what they have available.