Local Beekeeping Classes
To Bee or not Too Bee
Terry Klein is again offering a beekeeping course the Saginaw Township Community Education. His course is both indoor and outdoor, so dress appropriately.
A Day in the Hives
Toby Sewell, of J&T Beekeepers, will be doing a hands on approach to learning beekeeping. He will take you through the hive and identify major parts necessary for beekeeping.
Area Beekeeping Groups
Michigan Beekeepers Association (website)
Center of Michigan Beekeepers Association (website)
Holland Area Beekeepers Association (website)
Kalamazoo Bee Club (website)
Mid Michigan Beekeepers Association (website)
Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association (website)
Michiana Beekeepers Association (website)
Grand Rapids Area Beekeeping Club (website)
Battle Creek Beekeeping Club (website)
Pine River Beekeeping Club (website)
Superior Beekeeping Club- Upper Peninsula (website)
Scottville Beekeepers of Mason County (website)
Seven Ponds Beekeepers (website)
2018 MBA Spring Conference
This year, the fall conference will be held in Kellogg Center at Michigan State University. The conference lasts for two days (March 9th and 10th). As always, it is open to the public. Registration is taking place now.
Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference
Taking place March 31st, this is the first conference for the Upper Peninsula Beekeepers. It will take place on March 31st at Northern Michigan University. The conference is open to the public. Registration is taking place now.
Are you an Educator?
The Saginaw Valley Beekeepers may be able to help you with resources for those wishing to teach about beekeeping. Please contact us and we can work on getting you the supplies that may best suit your audience.
How to Notify your Local Mosquito Control about your Hives
Saginaw Mosquito Abatement
SCMAC cares deeply about the plight of the honey bees as well as the beekeepers who care for them. If you wish to make your property a 'no-spray' zone, please fill out the form they provide and submit it to them before spraying occurs.
Bay County Mosquito Control
There is a May 1st deadline for all beekeepers that are residents of Bay County. April 1st was the deadline for renewals and beekeepers can request at any time for their property to be a no-spray zone. However, signs must be clearly displayed 4 to 6 feet off the ground and in place by May 1st.
Midland Mosquito Control
To make your property a no spray area in Midland County, only a phone call is required. They will discuss with you the options available to you as well as explain their process.
Tuscola Mosquito Abatement
Tuscola County Mosquito Abatement wants local beekeepers to alert them to any beehives you have on your property. You can do this by contacting them directly or by using Drift Watch.
FieldWatch was designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments. It's intention is to be a registration for organic farmers and beekeepers who wish to keep their properties exempt from pesticides being sprayed in their counties.
The New Vet Directive
Find a Vet
Meghan Milbrath has been compiling a list of veterinarians that are willing to take on prescribing antibiotics for bees. Please ask your local vet to participate.
Dealing with Varroa Mites
Resources for Monitoring and Managing Varroa
A list of what every beekeeper should be doing to help manage the Varroa mite population in their hives.
Planning for Varroa Mites
Meghan Milbrath discusses what should be done about varroa. If you wish to purchase a kit, they are available at the MSU online shop for $20.
Tools for Varroa Mite Management
The HoneyBee Health Coalition has put together a comprehensive guide on Varroa Mites.
Videos and other resources
Honey isn't Honey
An article recently came out that many commercial honeys contain no pollen. However, the FDA requires the presence of pollen to be considered "Honey" so origin can be determined. This has been known since 2010 and the FDA still allows this.
Northern Bee Network
If you are considering building hives to overwinter in the Michigan climate, consider joining the Northern Bee Network. The group promotes growing bees that are more tolerant to the cold Michigan winters by encouraging purchase of local bees.
Labeling Laws as presented by a Lawyer
Clay Ottoni came to our meeting in January to talk about the labeling laws for selling honey. He was kind enough to share his presentation with us. The download file is in PDF format.
Learning Bee Communication
A Reddit user asked if bees socialize with other bees from other hives. Satoyoma_Will responded with a very in-depth and concise response.
Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators
MSU extension is offering a bulletin that encourages everyone to do what they can to protect backyard pollinators.
Farmer Veterans Coalition
FVC is a group of military veterans that are looking for other veterans to get into farming. If you are a veteran and are looking for a mentor, business education, or just another veteran to talk to, please contact them.
If you've found a swarm in your backyard, after you've ensured that they are honey bees and not wasps or hornets, you can contact people on the Bee Removal List or contact the club.
Ben Phillips, MSU Extension Educator, discusses everything you need to learn about keeping bees.
Michigan's Cottage Food Laws
This video explains the laws that govern the Michigan Cottage Food Industry and what is required on labels and what foods are allowed.