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Give a Swarm a good home

Got a honey bee swarm? Our beekeeper volunteers can give unwanted honey bee swarms a proper home. Call MABA Swarm Commander Dave Marshall at 812-369-0401 A.S.A.P 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…

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Carpenter Bees

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association is a club for honey bee keepers. There’s really no such thing as “keeping” or “moving” carpenter bees, but here is some basic information if you’re concerned about carpenter bees in your home. Freshly stained/painted wood doesn’t attract carpenter bees. There’s a brief page on them in this booklet published by the USDA that refers to this: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf —scroll down to page 10 People report diminished carpenter bee activity on freshly sealed or painted wood.    A great natural solution is to nail up (in an unobtrusive place) a 2 x 4 section of untreated lumber- it can…

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Read more about the article 2021 Beekeeper of the Year – Julia Mahood
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2021 Beekeeper of the Year – Julia Mahood

Julia Mahood is a Georgia Master Craftsman Beekeeper who has been keeping bees since 2004. She created the citizen science website MapMyDca.com to gather data on drone congregation areas. Julia was awarded the Georgia Beekeeper of the year in 2018. A graphic artist, she designed the Georgia “Save the honey bee” license plate. She is passionate about education and teaches beekeeping in Georgia prisons and is active in her local and state bee organizations.https://gabeekeeping.com/Sys/PublicProfile/28591221https://bees.caes.uga.edu/georgia-master-beekeeper-program/master-craftsman-beekeepers.htmlThe MABA beekeeper of the year is someone who has not only demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, but who also has served the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association…

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Read more about the article 2022 Beekeeper of the Year – Ed Morgan
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2022 Beekeeper of the Year – Ed Morgan

Edward has managed the Junior Beekeeping program for MABA and always goes above and beyond the call. The program remains hugely successful and he has introduced bees to many young people. In addition to his usual willingness to help, he also was instrumental in the rescue of the bees at the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport where he managed the tragedy of dead and dying bees and helped many beekeepers who came to try to help as well.The MABA beekeeper of the year is someone who has not only demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, but who also has served the Metro…

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Read more about the article 2020 Beekeeper of the Year – Jimmy Gatt
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2020 Beekeeper of the Year – Jimmy Gatt

Jimmy Gatt is a Georgia Journeyman Beekeeper and recently elected Vice President of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association. He is an active member of the club and has led Certified and Journeyman classes and the online Facebook mentoring group for MABA. Jimmy also partners with Trees Atlanta to promote summer-blooming, nectar-bearing trees.The MABA beekeeper of the year is someone who has not only demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, but who also has served the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association as an outstanding volunteer. To nominate someone for this year’s award, fill out this form by September 1.  The award will be given…

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Read more about the article 2023 Beekeeper of the Year – Ray Jones
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2023 Beekeeper of the Year – Ray Jones

Ray has been a valuable resource to new and experienced beekeepers alike.  He spends countless hours helping keeps in their apiaries, on the phone, and by text.  He is always willing to share his knowledge of plants and nectar flows.  He is the first to assist in catching swarms and asks for nothing in return. In his spare time, he is always watching videos and reading the latest research about nutrition, disease, and treatments.  Ray serves on the board of the Paudling County Beekeepers Association where is works tirelessly to help promote the club to new beekeepers.  He is always willing to…

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Save The Date: Sept. 15

Mark your calendars and save the date: MABA's annual potluck dinner and member honey show will be held on Sunday, September 15, 4-8 p.m., at the Galloway School, 215 Chastain Park Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30342. Schedule of events: Honey Show Entry Check-In: 4 - 5 p.m. (no late entries accepted!)• B.Y.O.B. Cocktail Hour: 5 - 6 p.m.• Food Lines Open for Dinner: 6 p.m.• Live Auction, Beekeeper of The Year, & Honey Show Winners: 7 p.m. NOTE: Construction at the school will reduce parking available. Please consider ride sharing and carpooling.

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Journeyman Study Group Now Forming

Are you ready to take your beekeeping to the NEXT level? If you have already passed your certified beekeeper exam and held that certification for at least one full year, then you are eligible to sit for the journeyman exam. The journeyman certification is the second level of UGA’s master beekeeper program. Testing will take place during the GBA conference in September in Gainesville. To help candidates prepare for this difficult exam, MABA is forming a Journeyman study group. Led by MABA board member Shelli Godfrey, sessions will begin on April 16 and will continue through August. For more details and to…

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August Meeting – Saving Bees In Trees

At MABA’s Monday, August 12th meeting, our featured speaker will be Deb DeWitt, who will be speaking about her experiences with saving feral honey bee colonies from trees being removed around the Atlanta area. Deb fell in love with bees in 2018. A Master Beekeeper, she keeps bees at her home in downtown Atlanta, as well as in Chattahoochee Hills, Mt. Arabia, and Brevard NC, and manages the Tara Beekeepers’ teaching apiary in Decatur, where she also teaches a bekeeping class to high school students. Deb is Vice President of Tara Beekeepers, and a previous MABA board member.Beginning at 6:30…

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2024 MABA Honey Show Rules

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Honey Show Rules, 2024 (Word doc) Best in Show is Awarded $250, then in each category 1st Place is Awarded $100, Second Place is awarded $50 and Third Place is awarded $20, in addition to Ribbons and Prize Cards (Black Jar and Novice classes are only awarded 1st Place Ribbons, Prize Cards and $100). General Rules of the Honey Show: The honey show is open to any current MABA member who is attending the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association Potluck Social who wishes to enter one or more classes. MABA members serving as show judges, secretaries and…

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Beekeeper of the Year

The MABA Beekeeper of the Year is someone who has not only demonstrated and promoted good beekeeping, but who also has served the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association as an outstanding volunteer. Any member is eligible except the club's executive officers who will evaluate the submissions. Traditionally, past recipients are not awarded the honor a second time. MABA Executive Officers / Selection Committee: • President -- Peter Helfrich • Vice President -- Ed Morgan • Treasurer -- Claressa Lucas • Secretary -- Linda Tillman • Web Administrator -- Shelli Godfrey Past recipients: • Gina Gallucci — 2018 • Ed Hoehn —…

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