Welcome to the Kalamazoo Bee Club
The Kalamazoo Bee Club provides beekeeping education, support, and bee-related services to the greater Kalamazoo area. The Kalamazoo Bee Club is 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 apiary, and our annual Bee School.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.
Mike Connor from Honeytree Nursery
Mike received some of the highest marks for speakers at our recent bee school because of his vast knowledge and affable demeanor. We’re honored to have him in April, where he’ll cover three vital topics:
SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH: What are the key initial checks for this time of year? For new packages? Mike will cover such things as when to add the next box, feeding 101, what queenright looks like, etc. A must for newbees.
PLANTS FOR BEES: Invite your gardening friends to learn how they can best support pollinators, as well as to see the offerings from Honeytree Nursery. Mike’s knowledge of trees for bees and plants NOT for bees is legendary, and he’s selling trees through the club as a fundraiser. More details to follow soon.
VARROA OVERVIEW: They’re the #1 killer of colonies because of the impact they have on hive health. We’ll briefly demo the sugar test method and outline IPM options — new colonies likely came with mites; you need to stay ahead of them to succeed.