What an impressive turnout for the April meeting! We appreciate your understanding as we scrambled to accommodate more than twice the attendees we were expecting and a huge thanks to our presenters for going through their messages twice.
Photo is of queen cells in an incubator.
May 15 is our next meeting and we’ll be discussing Queen Rearing with Mike Risk. Mike is currently the President of the Center of Michigan Beekeepers club and has been a hobbyist and sideline beekeeper for 32 years. Mike’s interest in beekeeping began when he discovered bees in the walls of a farmhouse he bought in Eaton County all those years ago. These days he concentrates his efforts on raising queens which are acclimated to the Michigan climate and disease resistant to today’s pests and maladies plaguing honey bees. Mike speaks and teaches at various venues about the plight of the honey bee. His favorite engagements are at his grandchildren’s classes where he takes his observation hive and talks to the children about the value of honey bees as pollinators. Mike and his wife Sidney live on a small farm near Laingsburg, MI where they have large gardens, fruit trees and chickens, raise bees and sell honey.
Mike recently shared, “I will try to put a program together that will help educate the newer beekeepers and also try to give the more experienced beekeepers a few things to think about. You really can’t teach someone to rear queens in one hour but can do an overview and explore the advantages, techniques, and benefits to raising local queens and some of the issues they may run into.”
We’ll be meeting at the GVSU – Meijer Campus (515 S. Waverly Road, Holland) at 7 PM in the atrium. Following Mike’s presentation you’ll have the opportunity to remain for Q & A time with Mike or go to another room to discuss adding supers and other general beekeeping topics.
Don Lam is seeking volunteers to assist in package installation demonstrations. The dates are April 23, May 2, and May 10. Contact Don at 616-886-1116 if you are available.
Interested in mentoring? Mary lives on the north side of Holland and would like to shadow someone in their apiary to learn more about beekeeping. Email me if you’re willing and I’ll forward your message.
Swarm List – Here are the names I have so far:
Doug and Sandy Lindhout, John F. Gill, Chuck Bauer, Greg Willis, Ted Nelson, Al Palmer, Amber Snyder, Dan Kievit, Don Rewa, Linda Bradley, Wilbur Sewall, Ken Hoekstra, Travis Meier, Carlean Ericksen, Dale Spinner, Chris Walkup, Jim Zoerner, Harv De Ridder, and Gary Manning
If you’d like your name added to the swarm list on our new website, please email me your name, phone, and counties you’re willing to cover.
Lastly, here is information concerning an undertaking called Bees in Italy where Renee Ricciardi is combining her love of beekeeping and photography to seek information on improving honeybee health.
See you soon,