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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

April 2017

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.

November 2017

Click here for the recipes for the treats from the November meeting.

Click here for Dr. Dewey M. Caron's personation "Do You Have a PLAN". (4 Meg)

January 2018

Link to video on Adam Ingrao's Heroes to Hives.

March 2018

For those of you who didn't make the Friday night activities at the MBA conference, below is a link to the honey recipes that were presented by Chef Jim Ford CC, CPC.

MBA Spring 2018 conference recipes

April  2018
Links to the vendors with plants:
Mike Connor Honeytree Nursery
Vern Stephens Designs by Nature

          Wildflower Garden Layout

          Pollinator Garden Layout
Debbie and Dallas Montgomery's Go Grow Plant Natives
Native Plant Descriptions

Upcoming Events

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

June 23-24 Queen Rearing Class

The Center of Michigan Beekeepers (COMB) club is holding a queen rearing class on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24.  The class will be instructed by  Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology and Michigan Pollinator Coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.
Even if you don’t expect to raise queens it will be a great opportunity to help understand the inner workings of the hive and why the bees do some of the things they do.  Knowing the conditions that are necessary to raise good queens will also give you the insight as to what to do to avoid swarming and to help with other hive manipulations.  Subjects covered will be queen and drone biology, setting up cell starter and finishing colonies, grafting, small-scale queen rearing, and the information for creating the proper conditions for creating quality queens.   
The fee for this class will be $75 for the two days which will cover materials and supplies used. The hours will be Saturday, June 23 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Sunday, June 24 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  The book Queen Rearing Essentials written by Dr. Larry Connor and queen rearing materials will be provided.  Class size will be limited to 15 students so don't hesitate to sign up if you are interested.  To enroll in the class please follow this link, 
COMB Queen Rearing Class Registration.
Class participants will be responsible for their own lunch.  A menu will be provided from a local restaurant which will do delivery.  Coffee and other refreshments will be provided in the morning.  

​​June 11th - Regular Meeting

For the new beekeepers in our club, we are planning another field trip to the MSU Sentinel Hives at 5: 00 p.m.  This map link is to the entrance located at 4201 Collins Rd.  Drive to the back of the pole barn following the Power Lines Rd. to the east parking area.  Parking is not ideal.  It is a 600' walk to the hives from the parking area.   Room is limited around the hives, so we would like to limit participation to those who have 1 or 2 years (or limited) experience.  Please remember to bring your bee suits and gloves as well as sturdy shoes for walking.  We will be breaking into groups, and encourage you to attend if you have questions, or need instruction on working hives. Instructors will be inspecting hives and they will explain the inner workings and activities of the hives, mite checks and anything unusual in found in each hive. 

The COMB, 'Beginner in the Classroom Session' will begin at 5:45 p.m. led by member Chris Robbins.  It will be held in a separate room for those who would like guidance and advice about their bees.  Chris's presentation this month will answer your questions on timely topics and popular questions asked on our Facebook site about beekeeping.  Topics discussed will include signs that you need to add supers; identifying eggs, larva, and pupa, and the difference in capped worker and drone brood. This session will end in time for you to join the regular meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

Our featured speaker this month will be Dr. Meghan Milbrath from the Michigan State University Department of Entomology, and coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.  Meghan will be speaking about practices she uses with her hives for spring and summer hive maintenance and swarm control, report on MSU current research programs and the pollinator initiative. 

June 24th Bee Palooza at MSU


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.