Welcome to the Kalamazoo Bee Club
We provide beekeeping education, support, and bee-related services to the greater Kalamazoo area. We’re an open club—anyone can be a member; no membership fee or dues are collected. We provide education through monthly programs (generally in the form of an educational presentation), field days during the non-winter months at the club apiaries, and our annual Bee School.
Michigan Beekeeper’s Summer Picnic June 29, at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, DeLano Farms. FREE! (As is almost everything we do.) Click here to register for the fun!
June Monthly Meeting – Wednesday 12th @ 6:30 pm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. MITES!
There is one insidious insect whose goal is to ruin your beekeeping experience by painfully killing your little darlings. (As well as change beekeeping internationally as we knew it.) Managing the Varroa mite is essential, just like feeding, inspections, supering, etc. — yes, even if this is your first year. (Because regardless of what you may hear, first year colonies have Varroa, as do colonies that were treated before you purchased them–because they’ll pick up mites as they’re out foraging.)
Ana Heck, from MSU, will share the latest on how to monitor, and treatment options if you’re over threshold. Mite management is essential information, and ever-changing, so this is another meeting that newbees and experienced beekeepers won’t want to miss.
A big thank you to the following organizations, businesses, and individuals for their generous financial support of this year’s Kalamazoo Bee School: