Date: Tue, March 9 | Time: 7 pm | Location: Online on Zoom
Learn to identify reasons for a colony’s death based on the clues the bees left behind and how to prevent colony loss in future beekeeping seasons.
The main presentation starts at 7 pm, but feel free to drop in beginning at 6:30 pm for an open Q&A session.
Ana Heck has been an Apiculture Extension Educator at Michigan State University since July 2020. She was introduced to beekeeping while working in Nicaragua for two years with a non-profit organization that engaged local communities in rural development projects. She joined the University of Minnesota Bee Lab's Bee Squad in 2014, and she began with Michigan State University in 2019. Her work involves apiculture education initiatives and implementing policies to protect managed pollinators. Heck holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a graduate minor in Entomology from the University of Minnesota.
Please join us - our monthly meetings are always free and open to the public!
Date: Tue, February 9 | Time: 7 pm | Location: Online on Zoom
Presenter: Dr. Cem Akin
Cem Akin, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Michigan. He earned his medical degree from the Istanbul University School of Medicine. Afterwards, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He then did his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he also worked as a physician and researcher after finishing his fellowship. After an initial stint as an Assistant Professor at U-M, he took a position with Harvard Medical School as an Associate Professor of Medicine and established and led the Mastocytosis Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He then came back to Michigan in 2017 to work at U-M where he sees patients at allergy clinics and runs a research program on mast cell disease and anaphylaxis.
He is internationally recognized for his research on mast cell disorders and anaphylaxis and has been asked to give numerous lectures on these areas. He is an active member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), chair of the Mechanisms of Allergy Asthma and Immunology interest section of the AAAAI, and has been named to the Top Doctors list in Hour Detroit Magazine and Boston Magazine. He has been selected to serve as President of the Michigan Allergy & Asthma Society (MAAS) beginning in July 2019. The mission of the MAAS is to provide continuing postgraduate education to allergists/immunologists of Michigan and to promote best clinical practices in a collegial environment.
Native plant expert Mark Charles of Wild Ones was our guest speaker at the April 12 club meeting. He has been growing native plants in his Ann Arbor yard since 1995. He has organized pollinator events for children, and helped with schoolyard butterfly gardens. He is a volunteer park steward for the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.
Mark generously provided us with some handouts on planting for pollinators; download them below. Visit the Wild Ones website for more helpful info: http://www.wildones.org/.
After a long, cold winter, it's been a busy spring around the A2B2 club! Our monthly meetings have been packed, and many folks went to one or more bee conferences in the area. I'm a newbee, myself, so I've been taking every opportunity to soak up as much information as I possibly can before my two packages arrive next Saturday. I'd like to give a shout out to all the seasoned beeks who have been so incredibly helpful to not only myself, but all of the beginners who are eagerly looking forward to giving their ladies and drones a happy, healthy life.
At the SEMBA conference, our very own Winn Harless gave an informative and entertaining talk about swarm catching. He even brought along a couple of his home-made contraptions to show us.
We also had an equipment building bee (like a quilting bee, only with power tools) at Dick Dyer's farm. A special thank you to Dick for letting folks camp out for half a day, and another special thank you to those who brought air compressors, power staplers and glue. It was a beautiful morning, and with everyone helping everyone, we were able to get all of our woodenware put together. I also added a new item to my wish list...a frame jig!
And last but not least...the bees began to arrive! A couple weeks ago, Meghan demonstrated how to install package bees into a top bar hive. These bees belong the UMBees club which has hives at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. It was a cold, windy day, so she didn't have to spray them with any sugar water. The girls were content to stick together and stay close to the queen. It didn't take long at all before the girls realized that the hive was a much better home than the crowded screened box and started waving their little bee-hinds in the air to give the "come on in" signal to their sisters. With the queen inside, they hunkered down to eat honey candy and work on furnishing their new house.
Tune in next time when we'll have highlights of bee school activities. This Sunday at Beginner's Bee School, we get to go inside the hive!
Enjoy the sunshine and dandelions, everyone!