A Reminder, an Inquiry and the Northern Bee Network

Hope to see you at the meeting tomorrow night!  

Thursday, April 10, 7 PM at GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Road, Holland.  

Please bring along any Bee Culture magazines you’ve borrowed at prior meetings and we’ll have other issues for you to peruse.

A club member will soon be traveling to Costa Rica for undergraduate beekeeping research and is wondering if you might know anyone there with bees?  Email me any connections or information you may have and I’ll pass it along.

Here’s a link sharing details concerning the Northern Bee Network.  Meghan Milbrath, who is quoted in the article, is scheduled to speak at our October meeting.

See you tomorrow,


April 10 Meeting, Carpool Request, and More

Thursday, April 10 — It’s almost time for our first regular meeting of 2014! We will be discussing swarm control–both preventing and catching, plus various hive splitting methods. Join us at the GVSU – Meijer Campus (515 S. Waverly Road, Holland) at 7PM. The HABA board will be meeting prior at 6PM and club members are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Grand Rapids Carpool — Jamie is wondering if those in the Grand Rapids area would consider riding together to HABA meetings. Email me if you are interested and I’ll pass along contact information.

Here are some links you may want to check out this weekend:

10 Surprising Facts About Honeybees

Bees Capable of Learning Feats with Tasty Prize in Sight

Open Source Beehives Has an Interesting Project in Progress

Don Lam on WZZM


My family and I recently had the opportunity to visit Randy in Florida where he was assisting a fellow beekeeper and friend, Steve Cantu, of Cantu Apiaries. We were graciously welcomed to his fine facility and had a wonderful visit. The peek into beekeeping on a commercial level was very interesting and the buzzing honeybees were lovely to witness after our long winter.  We were even given a chance to sample almond honey! (I wouldn’t recommend it – LOL)

See you Thursday!

WOOD-TV Honeybee Report and a Pollination Program

Don Lam was recently interviewed concerning how area bees fared our long winter.  You can check out the story here.  How are your bees?  Feel free to share your personal experience in the comments!  

The deadline is fast approaching to participate in a program developed to improve pollinator health.  You can find out more details here.


Carpool Request

Lenny is moving to Ludington in June and is interested in attending HABA events.  If you would consider carpooling, contact me and I’ll pass along his information.



HABA Schedule and Swarm List Info

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendars for upcoming HABA events!

The board has been working hard to establish the schedule for 2014 and will be sharing more details as they are confirmed.  Their goal is to offer a broad range of topics that will benefit both new and experienced beekeepers and extend the opportunity to exchange ideas and inquiries with other club members.  


2014 Holland Area Beekeepers Association Meeting Schedule


April 10  Swarm Control — Preventing & Catching, How to Split a Hive

May 15  Queen Rearing  –  Adding Supers

June 12  Disease Identification 

July 10  Solar Wax Melting  –  Beekeeping Gadgets  –  Apiary Record Keeping  –  Round Table Discussions

August 2  Picnic –  Beekeeping Garage Sale  –  Extraction Demonstration  (To be held south of Grandville)

August 7  Products of the Hive

September 11  Winter Preparations  –  Candy Boards

October 9  The Northern Bees Network

November 13  Bee Breeds

December 11  Mead Making & Holiday Cheers


All meetings, unless noted otherwise, will be held at the GVSU – Meijer Campus — 7 PM 

(515 S. Waverly Road, Holland)

Each meeting will be preceded by a board meeting at 6 PM and all club members are welcome to attend.


April 23, May 2, and May 10 Don Lam will be offering package installation demonstrations at his home.  (882 West 26th Street, Holland, MI 49423)


Progress on the new website is moving forward and we’d like to update our swarm removal list.  If you are interested in being included (or remaining) on the list please email me the following information:  

  1. County or counties you are willing to cover
  2. Name
  3. Phone Number (including area code)



Fox 17 – What’s Really in Your Honey



In case you missed it–here’s a link to the story on FOX 17 What’s Really in Your Honey.  

You can also read more about Dr. Vaughn Bryant’s research here.

Here’s the Latest From HABA

The HABA board really appreciates all the feedback concerning future meeting topics.  The top request so far was for Apiary Record Keeping, followed in order of most interest by:  Swarms, Hive Inspections, Disease Identification, Beekeeper Garage Sale, When to Add Supers, Varroa Assessment/Control, Solar Wax Melting, Hobby or Business?/Tax Info, Raising Queens, Split Methods, and Beekeeping Equipment.  There’s a few more days for you to share some input before the board meets–please share your comments here.

Laketown Township will be discussing a beekeeping ordinance.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 pm, Laketown Township Hall (4338 Beeline Road, Holland, Michigan 49423).  Here is the proposal. If anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestions, they can contact Loren Vredevoogd at lvredevoogd@yahoo.com.

Tune in to FOX 17 Tuesday at 10 PM for their story Honey – Truth in Labeling.

Here is a recent story on Urban Beekeeping and another on Beehive Theft.

Thanks to Bryan Immink for sharing this photo from his recent trip to the almond groves in California.



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