Due to the forecast of severe weather this evening the decision to cancel and reschedule has been made. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The meeting has been changed to April 10th same time, 6pm to 9pm, same place, Superiorland Bridge club in the Westwood mall. The good news is that the date that we are expecting the bees to come in has changed to the 29th of April. This give us a little more time and hopefully better weather for there arrival.
This is a reminder that the informational meeting on hiving your package is this Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm at the Superiorland Bridge club space located in the Westwood Mall. Park in the back by JC Penney's and use the mall entrance. The topics to be discussed include what needs to be ready, how to hive your package, what to do in the follow days and weeks, feeding and a Q&A.
Dance of the Honeybee found on the Bill Moyers show and narrated by Bill Mckibben author of "Oil and Honey"(a great read).The photography is great and the narration informative.
Michelle Landis and I represented the Superior Beekeeping Club at Marquette's Bothwell Middle School on Tuesday. The event was a sustainability fair organized by teacher Mrs. Jennifer Tapolcai. Over 800 students made their way around the various booths to learn about bees, vermiculture, community gardens and much more. Great students,great staff, great idea--what more could you ask for in one day?
Teacher and event organizer Mrs.Jennifer Tapolcai and beekeeper Michelle Landis
The Convention last Friday and Saturday was huge by past standards. 700 plus beekeepers came together for two very informative days. John Miller, the President of the State of California Bee Association said that ours "Dwarfed" theirs. The Marquette area was well represented by the Payants, LaBumbards and the Landis crew. Hopefully, next year, we can load a bus and attend what will be the 150th Anniversary of the Michigan Bee Association - oldest bee association in the country.
To give an idea of the variety of sessions offered, a partial list follows:
- Chemical Free Beekeeping
- How Nosema Affects Honey Bees
- Assembling Bee Hive Wooden Ware
- Native Pollinators
- Beginners Track-1
- Honey Bee Biology
- What We Wished We Had Known
- Beekeeper's Workshop: 3-D Printing
- Lotions and Creams
- Self-Sufficient Beekeeping Strategies
- Alternative Hives
- Q & A State Apiarist
- What Not to do in the Bee Yard
- Northern Beekeeping
As with many conferences. much is learned from discussing and socializing with other beekeepers.
Many thanks to Steve & Adrian Tilmann, Anne Leonard, Terry Toland, Don Schram, Anne Marie Fauvel, and the volunteers for a great conference
Next year's date is March 13&14.
National Public Radio out of Interlochen will be airing a segment about the convention. If interested, you might get it from the archives of NPR. It will probably play in the next two weeks.
Just finished a presentation on North Country Beekeeping at the above conference in Escanaba. It was a pleasure to see the continued interest in bees. Farmers are well aware of the importance of bee pollination and was good for all of us to make connections with each other.
The keynote speaker, Ashley McFarland, spoke of the need for all agricultural participants to work together. Ashley is the coordinator of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan. An exciting future awaits the farm, as it reshapes its mission to include educating students, organics, soil health, and beef. I believe there will be a role for bees in this new vision. Possibly some great educational opportunities for beekeepers-.I will let you know of new developments over the coming months.
Coming March 27 th at 6:00--Hiving your new bees. See the Superior Beekeeping Club page for details
Thank-you Rare Earth Goods for hosting the mead tasting for Algomah Acres Meadery. John and Melissa had 9 different meads --raspberry, elderberry and apple and.....were my favorites. I will be taking a bottle to Lansing to auction at the MBA conference this coming week. What a treat , having our very own UP mead.
Keeper of bees.