Dates, Links, and Resources


Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00 PM–The Holland City Council will again discuss the beekeeping ordinance. A time for public comment is on the agenda–be sure to share your support! The meeting will be held at City Hall, Council Chambers on the 1st floor.

Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 PM — HABA will discuss hive winterization.  The meeting will be held at Maplewood Reformed Church, 133 East 34th St, Holland. (corner of 34th and Columbia)


Check out some fascinating microscopic bee photos by Rose-Lynn Fisher.

Visit two live web cams showcasing honeybees in Bavaria, Germany. One is an exterior shot of the landing zone and the second is an interior view.

Bee Culture magazine has information on how the USDA is seeking applicants interested in starting a beekeeping business.


Here’s the handout of favorite resources from the last meeting:

Jill’s Favorite Resources
Bee Culture Magazine, 
HABA meetings, 
MI bee conference, 
Online searches

Chuck’s Favorite Resources
I read Bee Culture magazine, and read and watch online beekeeping videos. YouTube/beekeeping is a great resource. Several clubs have very good online videos too. At the Holland bee school I hand out a extensive list of “my favorite bee sites”.

Doug’s Favorite Resources

Here is a list of the books I have acquired over the years.  All have been read, some have provided on-going support.

The Hive and the Honeybee, Dadant
American Honey Plants, Frank C. Pellett
The Beekeeper’s Handbook, Dana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile
The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally, Michael Bush
The Beekeepers Field Guide: Solutions for Beekeepers, David Cramp
Bee Sex Essentials, Larry Connor
The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism, Jurgen Tautz
Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping, Dewery Caron

I still reference my class notes from Larry Connor’s Master Beekeeping class he conducted a few years ago.
I have built a spreadsheet that calculates key events for drone, worker, queen, based on egg date.  I use that a lot during the summer.
I have and use a program called VarroaPop from the Agriculture Research Service (part of USDA) that helps predict future buildup of Varroa in the hive, based on a number of factors.  That program can be downloaded here.

Some good web reference sites are:
Scientific Beekeeping
Northern Nectar Sources for Honeybees
The Melissa Garden
Bee Works

Please share some of your favorite resources in the comments!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Doug Lindhout on August 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    If anyone is interested in that Excel spreadsheet I referenced above, drop me a note at and I’ll send it to you.


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