The Michigan Beekeepers AssociatioN
Membership in the Michigan Beekeepers Association supports Michigan bees and beekeepers. When you become a member of the Michigan Beekeepers Association (MBA), you are joining the oldest continuously operating agricultural organization in the state of Michigan, and one of the oldest beekeeping clubs in the country.
Trees for Pollinators
Michigan Beekeepers Association announces the “Trees for Pollinators” program for spring 2024. We invite local bee clubs, garden clubs, pollinator groups, arborist organizations, schools and local communities to help distribute tree seedlings.
This year we will be offering:
New this year: all orders will be taken through the MBA website and distributed through local groups to those buyers in their area.
Save the Date
MBA Spring Conference March 1 & 2 at the Kellogg Center
Yes we're back for two days in 2024, stand by for more updates
Guess who will be our keynote presenter . . . Dr. David Tarpy
Dr. Dave Tarpy of North Carolina State University, is a widely recognized authority on queen behavior and honey bee genetics, and is the only individual every to receive both of EAS' highest awards: the 2016 Roger Morse Outstanding Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award and the Hambleton.
2023 MBA Fall Conference Review
MBA hosted a fall conference that did not disappoint . On October 21, beekeepers trekked to Clare, MI to the Doherty Hotel.
Those in attendance broadened their beekeeping horizons with excellent lectures and activities, kibitzed with old friends and colleagues and made new ones.
Michigan Honey Festival
While the lower half of the state had a torrential down pour, the Michigan Honey Festival was blessed with clear sky’s, making for a delightful couple of days in mid July and a fantastic gathering of old time beekeepers, new and wanna bees. Literally hundreds of coloring books and seed packets were distributed, much equipment picked up minus the shipping cost and friendships rekindled.
Problem and Unwanted Bees
Keep Your Bees Safe from Bears
Keep Yogi out of your bee yard!
Bear fence plans from the Michigan DNR and Scientific Beekeeping.
A refuge for pollinators: A case study of establishing large-scale pollinator habitat on marginal farmland using federal funds
Heather Chapman and Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology - September 27, 2022
Establishing a pollinator refuge through the National Resource Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program in southern Michigan.
There are many ways to support pollinator health by planting flowers. This case study provides one example of establishing pollinator habitat in southern Michigan by participating in the National Resource Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program.