Meghan Milbrath has a vision. In her vision, no Michigan beekeeper would ever have to order bees from another state ever again. How can you, as a local Michigan, hobby beekeeper, help with this? Step one is overwintering your hives successfully (i.e. Varroa mite management). Step two is splitting your hives in the spring to prevent swarming (and to help with mite management). Step three is to sell or donate your extra bees from those splits to other beekeepers in your community through your local bee club. Interested? Hear about the program from Meghan herself: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhVpOcsls4A. Or learn more at https://pollinators.msu.edu/programs/michigan-local-nuc-program/.
And, if you'd like to volunteer or take part in the A2B2 Nuc Pilot Program, please contact David Kazyak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Tue, May 11 | Time: 7 pm | Location: Online on Zoom
The main presentation starts at 7 pm, but feel free to drop in beginning at 6:30 pm for an open Q&A session.
Speaker: Dr. Jamie Ellis is the Gahan Endowed Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. Dr. Ellis has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research related to honey bees. Regarding his extension work, Dr. Ellis created the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Dr. Ellis supervises Ph.D. and masters students in addition to offering an online course in apiculture. Dr. Ellis and his team conduct research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.
Please join us - our monthly meetings are always free and open to the public!