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.

  • March 30 – Behavioral Resistance to Varroa – Jennifer Tsuruda, University of Tennessee
  • 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

If you are a member and are interested in signing up for the Certified Beekeeper exam on the 24th of April, we have limited spots available.  Please check your e-mail for links to sign up.  If you have not gotten an e-mail, please use the contact form to reach out.

If you can volunteer to help out and proctor the exam,
please click here to let us know!!

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

Apr
17
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Tapestry Garden with Steve Esau
Apr 17 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/w9cov
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This Hive Inspection is being led by Steve Esau at the East Atlanta / Tapestry Gardens and Preserve, 909 Walker Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. This Hive Inspection begins at 10:00 promptly. Participants will meet at the basketball court, suit up, and walk to the apiary (~200 yards). Parking is on the street so please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not block any driveways. Steve will arrive ~30 minutes prior to the start. 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.

Apr
20
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring)
Apr 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

Apr
24
Sat
Cancelled – Hive Inspection @ Blue Heron with Gina Gallucci
Apr 24 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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

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

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 10:45.
Everyone will meet in the lot and walk over to the apiary at 11:00.
Please be on time, the apiary isn’t in sight of the parking lot.
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.

Hive Inspection @ Chastain Park with Jay Parsons
Apr 24 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Masks required, 6 max.
Sign up at: https://mp.gg/8n1au
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.

May
8
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Rucker Park with Ed Hoehn
May 8 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/i6ml2
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.

Hive Inspection @ Tapestry Garden with Steve Esau
May 8 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/4a73b
Details at: https://metroatlantabeekeepers.org/hive-inspections/

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

This Hive Inspection is being led by Steve Esau at the East Atlanta / Tapestry Gardens and Preserve, 909 Walker Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. This Hive Inspection begins at 10:00 promptly. Participants will meet at the basketball court, suit up, and walk to the apiary (~200 yards). Parking is on the street so please be respectful of the neighborhood and do not block any driveways. Steve will arrive ~30 minutes prior to the start. 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.

Hive Inspection @ Chastain Park with Jay Parsons
May 8 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Masks required, 6 max.
Sign up at: https://mp.gg/ekqe4
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.

May
12
Wed
Virtual Hive Inspection @ Morningside Community Garden with Linda Tillman
May 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Sign up at: https://mp.gg/nqld5
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
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!

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!