We know bees, you can too!

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers’ Association is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that supports an active beekeeping community and promotes the art and science of bees and beekeeping to the public through education, events and services.

Give a Swarm a Good Home!

If you see honey bee swarm – a ball of bees in a tree or bush – that means they are seeking a new home. Help us find a good home for these bees – you don’t want them nesting in your house. We will send a local member out to retrieve the colony for a better chance at survival.

Please call Gina at 404-519-4141 right away before the swarm flies off to its new home.

Before you call, please have the following information:

  • How long has the swarm been at this location?
  • What is the exact address of the property where the swarm is located?
  • How high off the ground is the swarm?
  • Is the swarm in a structure or on a tree, bush, fence etc.?
  • What size is it? Softball? Cantaloupe? Football? Basketball?
  • Is there a phone number where you can be reached?
  • Can you take a photo of the swarm as close-up as you feel comfortable?

If you are not viewing this from a smartphone, call 404-519-4141.

Apr
27
Sat
2019 Certified Beekeeper testing
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: The Barn at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody GA 
Cost:   $50 per person 
Registration deadline: April 24 
Please bring: A pen, your protective gear (veil & gloves minimum) and water 

General Information about Certified Testing
The University of Georgia Master Beekeeper Program gives participants the opportunity to increase their knowledge of all things dealing with bees and beekeeping. The Certified Beekeeper level is the first step of a four-step program. In the past, candidates were required to attend the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute held in May in Young Harris, Georgia. Now, MABA has been authorized by UGA to administer the exam here in Atlanta for the Certified level.

For beekeepers interested in gaining Certification level, testing in Atlanta by MABA offers benefits of:

  • Convenience of testing in Atlanta verses Young Harris 
  • Time saved from attending the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (4 days)
  • Saving the cost of the Beekeeping Institute ($300) plus testing fee ($45) plus food and lodging

Requirements for getting GMBP Certified in Atlanta:

  • Must have had at least one year of beekeeping experience prior to the test. 
  • Must pass a written and practical test. 

The practical test includes being able to:  

  • Describe the parts of a beehive
  • Light and properly use a smoker
  • Recognize the various stages of brood, different castes of bees, and find or at least describe the queen
  • Differentiate between brood, pollen, capped honey
  • Recognize propolis and describe its functions
  • Describe the layout of a brood nest, i.e., placement of honey, pollen and brood.

Official text for the program is the 2007 edition of First Lessons in Beekeeping, by Keith Delaplane, Dadant & Sons.

For more information, visit these links:

Georgia Master Beekeeper Program
Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

We’re excited to see you at the testing! 

May
4
Sat
Junior Beekeeper Program – Decatur
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/juniorbeekeepersregistration2019

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association’s Junior Beekeeper programs are unique opportunities for children ages 6* – 13 to experience hands-on learning about our most powerful pollinators.
Children will learn all about honey bees and beekeeping using a variety of methods before suiting up in protective gear and visiting a beehive with an experienced beekeeper! The day ends after extracting honey from a hive and participants are sent home with a personalized certificate, small bottle of honey, and other bee related goodies.

All programs are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cost: $35 per child.

*Children under the age of 9 must have a parent or guardian present at all times. Parents/guardians of older children are welcome to stay if they’d like.

The facilities will have a kitchen and restroom facilities, but children should bring their lunch, and plenty to drink. (We will have extra water.)

All attendees must bring a standard Release/Waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

All activities will be supervised by Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association members, and protective clothing (bee suits, gloves and veils) will be provided.

May
21
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Jim Tew
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Jun
18
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Leo Sharshkin
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Jun
22
Sat
Junior Beekeeper Program – Dunwoody
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/juniorbeekeepersregistration2019

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association’s Junior Beekeeper programs are unique opportunities for children ages 6* – 13 to experience hands-on learning about our most powerful pollinators.
Children will learn all about honey bees and beekeeping using a variety of methods before suiting up in protective gear and visiting a beehive with an experienced beekeeper! The day ends after extracting honey from a hive and participants are sent home with a personalized certificate, small bottle of honey, and other bee related goodies.

All programs are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cost: $35 per child.

*Children under the age of 9 must have a parent or guardian present at all times. Parents/guardians of older children are welcome to stay if they’d like.

The facilities will have a kitchen and restroom facilities, but children should bring their lunch, and plenty to drink. (We will have extra water.)

All attendees must bring a standard Release/Waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

All activities will be supervised by Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association members, and protective clothing (bee suits, gloves and veils) will be provided.

Jul
16
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Jennifer Berry
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Aug
20
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Rachael Bonoan, PhD
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Sep
7
Sat
Junior Beekeeper Program – Buckhead
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/juniorbeekeepersregistration2019

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association’s Junior Beekeeper programs are unique opportunities for children ages 6* – 13 to experience hands-on learning about our most powerful pollinators.
Children will learn all about honey bees and beekeeping using a variety of methods before suiting up in protective gear and visiting a beehive with an experienced beekeeper! The day ends after extracting honey from a hive and participants are sent home with a personalized certificate, small bottle of honey, and other bee related goodies.

All programs are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cost: $35 per child.

*Children under the age of 9 must have a parent or guardian present at all times. Parents/guardians of older children are welcome to stay if they’d like.

The facilities will have a kitchen and restroom facilities, but children should bring their lunch, and plenty to drink. (We will have extra water.)

All attendees must bring a standard Release/Waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

All activities will be supervised by Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association members, and protective clothing (bee suits, gloves and veils) will be provided.

Oct
15
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Workshops
Oct 15 all-day

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Nov
19
Tue
Monthly Meeting
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Membership not Required

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Annual Picnic and Honey Contest held in September may be scheduled for a different day than the regular meeting day. Please see the Calendar for more details about scheduled events.

Meetings usually include interesting speakers and discussions on a variety of topics related to beekeeping, such as hive management, honey bee problems, honey, beeswax, and other hive products.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by 9:00 pm.

Come early for informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Everyone interested in honey bees is welcome!

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

MABA Beekeeper of the Year

2018: Gina Gallucci

Gina Gallucci
Gina Gallucci is a tireless MABA volunteer who cares deeply  about this organization. She is a Past President, and now, 6 years after stepping down from that tremendous job, she manages several other MABA programs. Gina is the voice of optimism and positive thinking. She sees and believes in the best in people, and when she gives advice she does it with an open heart. Gina has been working hard for bees, beekeepers, and MABA for many years. It’s impossible to know just how many beekeepers lives she has helped.
The MABA beekeeper of the year is someone who has not only demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, but who also has served the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association as an outstanding volunteer. To nominate someone for this year’s award, fill out this form by September 1.  The award will be given at the September Picnic and Honey Show. Link to nominate:  www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/beekeeperoftheyea

Beekeeping is Sweet!

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