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.

Online Meetings (Free) – At Home Beekeeping Series

Buntysmum @ Pixabay, three honey bees on blackberry blossoms

MABA is supporting the “At Home Beekeeping Series: Distance Learning for Beekeeping Clubs” initiative created by the apiculture research/extension programs at various SEC Universities including Alabama Extension, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Texas A&M University.

  • April 27 – Biology and Management of Swarming – Mike Goblirsch, USDA
  • May 25 – Working with Mosquito Control to Protect Bees – Kristen Healy, Louisiana State University
  • June 29 – Reading a Honey Bee Frame – Kate Ihle, USDA

How to Participate

This online series is presented through Zoom, an online video platform, and through Facebook Live on the last Tuesday of the month 6:30 – 7:30 pm Central Time (7:30-8:30 Eastern)

For more information on the At Home Beekeeping Series, contact Allyson Shabel by email ams0137@aces.edu

UGA Master Beekeeper Program – Certified Beekeeper –

Announcing additional test date -June 5th

MABA has been authorized to locally host another Certified Test for the UGA Master Beekeeping Program! The test date is Saturday, June 5th at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve Field Research Center just off Roswell Road in Atlanta. Testing will be by appointment starting at 1PM. Our previous test date sold out quickly and there is limited availability. Registration and more information is available online – https://mp.gg/voifp The cost is $50 and registration closes June 3rd. The text for the exam is First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane. You must have been a beekeeper for at least one year to sit for the test. MABA will not host another study group for this testing, however, it is suggested that if you virtually attend the UGA/Young Harris Beekeeping Institute you’ll learn much of what you would learn in a study group. Here’s their website for more information https://bees.caes.uga.edu/yhc-uga-beekeeping-institute.html Passing this Certified test will count for the testing requirement to allow you to sit for the Journeyman Test to be given at the Beekeeping Institute in 2022.

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

May
18
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
May 18 @ 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

May
19
Wed
Virtual Hive Inspection @ Morningside Community Garden with Linda Tillman
May 19 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/w4-vo
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This is a Virtual Hive Inspection being led by Linda Tillman of the Morningside Community Garden.
Feel free to join and learn and ask questions in a convenient evening session!

May
22
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Chastain Park with Jay Parsons
May 22 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Masks required, 6 max.
Sign up at: https://mp.gg/vt-q8
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This Hive Inspection is being led by Jay Parsons. The entrance to the Chastain Park Conservancy is marked on Powers Ferry Road and the driveway crosses the golf course. If there is no employee at the Conservancy, the gate will be locked after the inspection begins, so please be on time.

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.

Jun
2
Wed
Virtual Hive Inspection @ Morningside Community Garden with Linda Tillman
Jun 2 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sign up at:https://mp.gg/llx1t
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This is a Virtual Hive Inspection being led by Linda Tillman of the Morningside Community Garden.
Feel free to join and learn and ask questions in a convenient evening session!

Jun
5
Sat
Certified Test for the UGA Master Beekeeping Program
Jun 5 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

MABA has been authorized to locally host another Certified Test for the UGA Master Beekeeping Program! The test date is Saturday, June 5th at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve Field Research Center just off Roswell Road in Atlanta. Testing will be by appointment starting at 1PM. Our previous test date sold out quickly and there is limited availability. Registration and more information is available online – https://mp.gg/voifp The cost is $50 and registration closes June 3rd. The text for the exam is First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane. You must have been a beekeeper for at least one year to sit for the test.
MABA will not host another study group for this testing, however, it is suggested that if you virtually attend the UGA/Young Harris Beekeeping Institute you’ll learn much of what you would learn in a study group. Here’s their website for more information https://bees.caes.uga.edu/yhc-uga-beekeeping-institute.html Passing this Certified test will count for the testing requirement to allow you to sit for the Journeyman Test to be given at the Beekeeping Institute in 2022.

Jun
15
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Jun 15 @ 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

Jun
16
Wed
Virtual Hive Inspection @ Morningside Community Garden with Linda Tillman
Jun 16 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/0hvwl
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This is a Virtual Hive Inspection being led by Linda Tillman of the Morningside Community Garden.
Feel free to join and learn and ask questions in a convenient evening session!

Jun
23
Wed
Virtual Hive Inspection @ Morningside Community Garden with Linda Tillman
Jun 23 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/ys5lg
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This is a Virtual Hive Inspection being led by Linda Tillman of the Morningside Community Garden.
Feel free to join and learn and ask questions in a convenient evening session!

Jul
20
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Jul 20 @ 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

Aug
17
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Aug 17 @ 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

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

Jeff with Swarm

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 Dave Marshall at 812-369-0401 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 812-369-0401.

Beekeeping is Sweet!