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

Due to the uptick in Covid-19 cases because of the Delta Variant and other circumstances, MABA meetings will continue to be on Zoom until further notice.
We are truly sorry about this, as we all want to see everyone in person! Thank you for your patience.

Hive Inspection Program UPDATE

In-person hive inspection dates are now available.

One new inspection scheduled for 16 Oct 2021.

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

MABA Calendar

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

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

Oct
16
Sat
Hive Inspection @ Blue Heron with Gina Gallucci
Oct 16 @ 4:30 AM – 5:30 AM

Sign up at: https://www.memberplanet.com/events/mababc/101621blueheronhiveinspectionwithginagallucci_1
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 10:25.
Everyone will meet in the lot and walk over to the apiary at 10:30.
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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kS5PykVou5i9JIaqnTH6YplpJyivohBNuvfmGF4mrW0/edit?usp=sharing.

Oct
19
Tue
Monthly Meeting – (6:30 mentoring) 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
Cancelled – Social at Manuel’s Tavern
Dec 14 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jan
29
Sat
2022 MABA Virtual Beekeeping Course – Register Now!!
Jan 29 @ 6:30 AM – 2:30 PM

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping
https://mp.gg/xfxdn (Click here to register!)

Attend the MABA Short Course online 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.

Due to Covid-19 we are not able to host a large group in person, so we are offering this year’s course on Zoom, at a reduced rate. You’ll get the same amazing instructors who are leaders in the beekeeping community, but will attend from the comfort of home. One of the things people love about our course is having lunch with an experienced beekeeper. You’ll still have this opportunity as we will set up breakout rooms so you can eat your sandwich with a small group of participants while chatting with a beekeeper! 

During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all participants through the MABA Hive Inspection program. At  MABA Hive Inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area. 

For those participants not in the Atlanta area, your course fee includes a bee club membership with your local club. Each club operates differently, but your club will have mentoring opportunities to help you on your way to becoming a beekeeper. You’ll also be able to participate in MABA’s online hive inspections from anywhere.
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE  IN ADVANCE

REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 8:00 PM
 
Where
Wherever your computer is!

When 

Saturday, January 29, 2022
Log in to Zoom between 8:30-9:00, course will begin promptly at 9:00 an end at 3:30 PM
Fee
Fee for the one day virtual course is $85 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 (or your local bee club if you’re not from the Atlanta area). We will help you find your local club if you don’t know of one.
• “Goody bag” shipped to you.

Each participant will receive:
Keith S. Delaplane’s book First Lessons In Beekeeping
Beekeeping Supplier Catalogs
List of sources to obtain bees
Beeswax lip balm
Honey sample from MABA hives

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?
In the past we weren’t able to give family discounts due to limitations for seating and cost of meals covered by the course fee, but now that it is online you are welcome to have  other family members join you on one computer to view the course! However, you only get one sign-on per registration so you can’t be on multiple devices. We do not offer discounts for seniors or other groups.
What’s the cancellation policy?
Since it’s an online course and the sessions will be available to watch for two weeks after the date, we are unable to offer cancellations.
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!