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.

In-Person Meetings resume on August 17th!

***Last Zoom Meeting is July***
***In Person Meetings start in August at PRUMC***

  • August 17th – Peter Helfrich – Pollinators – In Person
  • September 1st – deadline to nominate a “Beekeeper of the Year”
  • September 21st – Breakout Sessions
  • October 19th – Honey Show and Dessert Social – Julia Mahood – Drones
  • November 16th – Dr. Keith Delaplane
  • December 14th, Tuesday – Social at Manuel’s Tavern
  • January 29th, 2022 – Beginning Beekeeper Course – Registration Open

Great Georgia Pollinator Census Logo

Aug 21-22 2021
https://ggapc.org

Hive Inspection Program UPDATE

In-person hive inspection dates are now available.

You can also join a virtual hive inspection on select
Wednesday evenings starting at 7 PM!

Click here for more info, dates, and sign up links.                  08 Mar 21

MABA Calendar

Aug
17
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) Peter Helfrich – Pollinators – In Person
Aug 17 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are resuming 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

Aug
28
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Aug 28 @ 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/f75em
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

Free for members; $15 donation requested from non-members.

This Hive Inspection is being led by Ed Hoehn at Rucker Park, 860 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004. 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

Please bring your own water and your signed waiver which you can download here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kS5PykVou5i9JIaqnTH6YplpJyivohBNuvfmGF4mrW0/edit?usp=sharing.

Sep
21
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) Breakout Sessions
Sep 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings would normally be 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

Sep
23
Thu
GBA Fall 2021 Conference
Sep 23 @ 2:30 PM – Sep 25 @ 3:00 PM

https://gba17.wildapricot.org/event-3481621

Sep
25
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Sep 25 @ 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/ta0rd
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

Free for members; $15 donation requested from non-members.

This Hive Inspection is being led by Ed Hoehn at Rucker Park, 860 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004. 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

Please bring your own water and your signed waiver which you can download here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kS5PykVou5i9JIaqnTH6YplpJyivohBNuvfmGF4mrW0/edit?usp=sharing.

Oct
19
Tue
Honey Show and Dessert Social – Julia Mahood – Drones
Oct 19 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings would normally be 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

Nov
16
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) Dr. Keith Delaplane
Nov 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meetings are currently being held virtually with Zoom until we make an announcement otherwise.

Meetings would normally be 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

Dec
14
Tue
Social at Manuel’s Tavern
Dec 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jan
29
Sat
2022 MABA Short Course – Register Now!!
Jan 29 @ 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping
https://www.memberplanet.com/s/mababc/retreatregistration_44_1_1_2_1 (Click here to register!)

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 29, 2022
Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:40. Course ends at 4:30 PM

Fee
Fee for the one day course is $110 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 in case of emergencies.
Email Julia Mahood with any other questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

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!

PRUMC Map

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

rostichep @ Pixabay, dead bee on back on wood

How to Report Bee Kills

The experience of finding your bees dead in piles is devastating. One tempting response is to withdraw from a hobby that causes such a painful experience. Another response is to recognize that – as stewards of our environment – much work remains to be done and that courageous individuals can make a difference.

Before there can be any legislation to protect honey bees, there must be evidence that bee kills occur with enough regularity to enact legislation in the first place. That is why beekeepers should report all bee kills at state and federal levels.

In the state of Georgia, report bee kills to Katibeth Mims at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Phone is 470-270-3044 or katibeth.mims@agr.georgia.gov

The email address for the Environmental Protection Agency is beekill@epa.gov. This link will take you to the National Pesticide Information Center for additional federal level reporting.

Here’s the link for the National Pesticide information center. http://npic.orst.edu/eco/   

The Honey Bee Health Coalition Quick Guide to Reporting a Bee Kill Incident is available to help beekeepers report an incident to the State, the EPA, and pesticide manufacturers as well as how to obtain non-governmental help

Beekeeping is Sweet!