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Whether you're a beekeeper, bee enthusiast or just curious, the MHBA has plenty to offer.
Our community seeks to encourage sound beekeeping practices in the Upper Midwest.

Learn more about us and our commitment to educate others about the practice of beekeeping and its benefits. Join our group of over 400 members to exchange knowledge and experience.

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How you can help honey bees

• Eliminate garden pesticides
• Plant flowers that bees like
• Provide bee habitat
• Let garden vegetables flower
• Support local beekeepers

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If you see a swarm of bees

Don't panic. Call 651-436-7915.
Swarming honey bees do not want to hurt you. They're just on their way to a new home. If you think they are honey bees, we can help.

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U of M grad student presentations

If you missed the October 2017 meeting, or would like to download their presentations here's your chance.

--- Bee Swarms - Not to Panic...

Two MHBA members had a discussion this past week, talking about bee swarms - or the lack of them, for this year.

Swarming is a natural - and harmless activity for bees as it's a way for them to reproduce, by splitting their colony in half (or more) with one half going off and looking for a new home to nest in and the other half remaining. However, if the bees are kept by the beekeeper, a good beekeeper anticipates this action and 'splits the hive' to make two (or more) colonies, thus preventing the natural tendencies for the bees to swarm off. Although menacing, bee swarms are nearly no threat to Humans as they're only occupied in looking for a new home.

During last week's MHBA meeting, Bob Sitko - the man to call when the general public sees a bee swarm near your home so a beekeeper can collect them, said that there have been very few calls and reports of bee swarms this year. We, as members of the MHBA were congratulated for keeping ahead of anticipated swarms for our colonies.

However, two MHBA members talked about swarms this week and noticed that, not only were there very few swarms reported, but that there are very few swarms in the wild as well from the capture of feral bees. This was dis-concerning, as it may be another example of the very high winter losses beekeepers suffered this year, but also suffered by feral bees in the wild as well. With the very hard winter we had this year (coldest temps in twenty years) and the very late spring (two major snow storms in April), beekeepers suffered 47% losses this year of their protected hives. The loss in feral bees may be even worse.

It is not a scientific measurement, but an interesting observation none the less...

If you see a bee swarm - don't panic. Call Bob Sitko at 651-436-7915 and he'll contact a local beekeeper who will find these bees a new home.

Being on "Awesome Bob's List" is one of the benefits of being a MHBA member - Happy Swarming... 🙂
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