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.

Sep
21
Sat
Hive Inspection – Rucker Park
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sign up here.
This Hive Inspection is being led by Ed Hoehn at Rucker Park, 860 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004. This Hive Inspection begins at 10:00 a.m. Rucker Park entrance is directly across the street from Old Station Place. There is a blue sign identifying the park via a dirt road. Drive past the garden on the right and proceed approximately 30 yards and make a right. You will see a blue Ford pickup truck parked close to the bee hives. Ed will arrive ~30 minutes prior to the start of the inspection. It’s important to be on time. Once the inspection starts, he will not be able to answer his phone or text.

You are required to bring and wear protective gear. The options are:

  • Full bee suit with attached veil, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves, or 
  • Bee jacket with attached veil, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves, or
  • Bee veil, light colored shirt with long sleeves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves

You will not be allowed to participate without the minimum protective equipment required. 

Please bring your own water and your signed waiver which you can download here.

Oct
5
Sat
Hive Inspection – Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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This Hive Inspection is being led by Gina Gallucci. Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s driveway is across the street from Pike’s. Gina will be in the parking lot by 9:45. Everyone will meet in the lot and walk over to the apiary at 10:00. Please be on time, the apiary isn’t in sight of the parking lot. If you need to contact Gina that morning, please use her cell: 404-519-4141.

You are required to bring and wear protective gear. The options are:

  • Full bee suit with attached veil, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves, or 
  • Bee jacket with attached veil, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves, or
  • Bee veil, light colored shirt with long sleeves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves

Please bring your own water and your signed waiver which you can download here.

Oct
15
Tue
Monthly Meeting-
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Oct
19
Sat
Hive Inspection – Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sign up here.
This Hive Inspection is being led by Gina Gallucci. Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s driveway is across the street from Pike’s. Gina will be in the parking lot by 9:45. Everyone will meet in the lot and walk over to the apiary at 10:00. Please be on time, the apiary isn’t in sight of the parking lot. If you need to contact Gina that morning, please use her cell: 404-519-4141.

You are required to bring and wear protective gear. The options are:

  • Full bee suit with attached veil, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves, or 
  • Bee jacket with attached veil, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves, or
  • Bee veil, light colored shirt with long sleeves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, and gloves

Please bring your own water and your signed waiver which you can download here.

Nov
19
Tue
Monthly Meeting
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
25
Sat
2020 MABA Short Course
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping
https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/retreatregistration_44_1_1

Come to the MABA Short Course to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping from our panel of experts. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future.

Setting up new hives must be done in the spring, generally from March to May. This course is offered in January to give potential beekeepers time to order bees and equipment and prepare a site for hives. Since the course takes place in January, our classroom course will not involve live bees. During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all Short Course students through the MABA Hive Inspection program. In the MABA Hive Inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area.

Where: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 
When : Saturday, January 25, 2020 
Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:40. Course ends at 4:30 PM
Fee
Fee for the one day course is $105 per person

What’s Included

  • Current information on beekeeping and how to get started
  • First class presentations by educators in entomology and botany as well as experienced urban beekeepers
  • One year membership to MABA
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch and beverages

Each participant will receive:

  • Keith S. Delaplane’s book First Lessons In Beekeeping
  • Beekeeping Supplier Catalogs
  • List of sources to obtain bees

There will also be a beekeeping vendor onsite.

FAQs
Can children enroll?
We don’t have a firm age limit. This is an all day classroom course for people who want to learn how to keep bees. It is up to you to determine if your child would be comfortable in this format.
Are there discounts for families/seniors/etc?
We are not able to offer discounts.
What’s the cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel before December 15 you may have a refund minus our processing fees. If it’s after December 15 we can only issue a refund (minus our processing fees) in case of emergencies.

Email Julia Mahood with any other questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

Mar
17
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Mike Connor
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Informal mentoring time from 6:30-7:00

Apr
21
Tue
Monthly Meeting- Jennifer Tsuruda
Apr 21 @ 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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