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.

Meeting Schedule

We have in-person MABA meetings!
We will continue to use Zoom for meetings along with in-person meetings until further notice.

18 Sept 22 – Potluck Picnic and Honey Show at Galloway School
18 Oct 22 – Linda Tillman will give an exciting talk about how to cook with honey!
15 Nov 22 – Dr. Keith Delaplane
13 Dec 22 – Holiday party at Manuel’s Tavern

Be sure to check out the hive inspections including virtual options!

Georgia Bee Removal image posted on Facebook

Honey bees make nests in enclosed cavities. If you see bees coming and going from a hole in a wall or soffit, they could be honey bees. Many people try to spray a nest like this in walls in their house and it doesn’t end well. Besides killing bees and putting chemicals into the earth, when you kill a bee nest that’s established in the walls of a house you can end up with a mess. All the dead bees and brood will smell like any other dead animal stuck in your wall. On top of that, without the bees to protect the honey, the honey will start running and attract rodents and other nasty insects. It’s just a mess.

You need to hire a bee removal company that is licensed and insured for this kind of work. Yes, there is a fee. It’s construction work and takes hours of time. They will take the nest out and fill the cavity so that bees won’t move in next year (bees like to go where other bees have been before!), seal up the entrances and repair the walls, floor boards etc. that were removed to do the work.
In the Metro Atlanta Area, call
Georgia Bee Removal:
Phone: (404) 516-1807

If you see a big papery looking structure on the branch of a tree, that’s not a honey bee nest but some type of wasp or hornet. Many species of wasps and hornets are not aggressive (some are) and they have their place in the food chain. As carnivores they will eat caterpillars off of the plants you are growing in your garden, so if they are not bothering anyone we recommend that you let them be. If their flight path is near humans or pets, however, then you should call an exterminator.

MABA Calendar

Oct
1
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
Oct 1 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/09292022ruckerparkhiveinspectionwithedhoehn_1

Oct
18
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) – Linda Tillman
Oct 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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
15
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) – Keith Delaplane
Nov 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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
13
Tue
MABA Holiday Party
Dec 13 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jan
17
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Jan 17 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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

Jan
28
Sat
MABA One Day Beekeeping Course 2023
Jan 28 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Come to the MABA One Day Beekeeping 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 Beekeeping 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.

THIS FORM WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, OR EARLIER IF THE EVENT SELLS OUT.
 

Where
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
When 
Saturday, January 28, 2023
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 (minus our processing fees) in case of emergencies.
Email us with any other questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

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

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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

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

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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

Apr
18
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Apr 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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
16
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
May 16 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Meetings are held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Heritage Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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

kie-ker @ Pixabay, silk bee (colletes) on small yellow flowers

Beekeeping

Books

The following are books recommended by the Georgia Master Beekeeping Program.

  • First Lessons in Beekeeping by Dr. Keith Delaplane
  • The Buzz about Bees: The Biology of a Superorganism by Jürgen Tautz
  • Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley
  • Wisdom of the Hive by Thomas D. Seeley
  • The Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark Winston
  • The Bees in your Backyard by J.S. Wilson & O. Messinger Carril

Beekeeping is Sweet!