Spring is slowly creeping in and things are greening up nicely! Soon we’ll all be perspiring in our bee yards and winter will be a distant memory.
Some upcoming events:
May 2 and May 10–Don Lam will be offering package installation demonstrations at his home. (882 W. 26th St., Holland–616-886-1116)
May 15–4 PM Board Meeting (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland). Note time change in order to allow the board members to take our guest speaker out for dinner prior to his presentation. Board meetings are open to the public.
May 15–7 PM – Queen Rearing – Adding Supers (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland).
June 12–Disease Identification (GVSU – Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd, Holland).
The 3rd Annual Michigan Honey Festival will be held on July 12 in Frankenmuth, MI. Visit their site for more information.
Jamie and a group from Aquinas College are in process of launching an apiary at the college. They were recently gifted beekeeping equipment, but are in need of a few basics–beekeeping suits or jackets, hive tools, and a smoker. Email me if you have any items you’d be willing to donate and I’ll pass along your message.
See you soon,
P.S. — Here’s a message from Bee Informed Partnership:
We know why you haven’t taken the Bee Informed Partnership Survey and we understand:
For the first time in months, you can go outside without a parka, hat, gloves, boots, snow plow, ice pick and crampons.
It is warm and sunny and you want to be anywhere, wearing flip flops, instead of sitting in front of a computer.
We know why other things have higher priority now:
Green things are growing from the ground and it is fun to play in the dirt.
The bees are flying and some are making honey already.
We know that longer daylight hours lead to other activities:
Biking to work is now a possibility again.
Sun bathing does not lead to frost bite.
We know that you have things to do and places to go but we are going to appeal to your altruistic nature and, as the sun goes down in the glorious sky and the warm air ruffles your bee suit, please, please think of us and take the Loss and Management survey.
Think of it as one item you can cross off on your ‘spring cleaning’ list. Do it now. We’re waiting…..to hear from you. We want to hear from you!
Please take the survey: http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2014
Then go out and ride that bike and play in the dirt. We thank you!