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Plant a Tree; Save the Bees

Trees for Bees

Most people know that bees need nectar from flowers to survive. But what kind of flowers? A small leafy plant that flowers is called a forb, and that’s what most people think plants need. But bees don’t get most of their nectar from forbs – bees get most of their nectar from trees! And trees will not only have more flowers than forbs, but their flowers will have more nectar per flower as well. Trees also provide shade and habitat for other wildlife, too. Most trees that provide nectar bloom in the spring, but the time that bees are suffering…

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Links & Resources

Beekeeping Michael Bush Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium UGA Honey Bee Program (includes Young Harris Beekeeper Institute and Master Beekeeper Program) BeeSource Forum BeeMaster Forum Backyard Beekeeping(PDF), Alabama Cooperative Extension, James E. Tew Books The following are books recommended by the Georgia Master Beekeeping Program.First Lessons in Beekeeping by Dr. Keith DelaplaneThe Buzz about Bees: The Biology of a Superorganism by Jürgen TautzHoneybee Democracy by Thomas D. SeeleyWisdom of the Hive by Thomas D. SeeleyThe Biology of the Honey Bee by Mark WinstonThe Bees in your Backyard by J.S. Wilson & O. Messinger Carril Native Pollinators & Planting Guides Pollinator Partnership eBook: Bee Basics: An Introduction…

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Read more about the article Honey Bee Removals from a Structure
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Honey Bee Removals from a Structure

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…

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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 2018 Beekeeper of the Year – Gina Gallucci
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2018 Beekeeper of the Year – Gina Gallucci

2018: Gina Gallucci Gina Gallucci is a tireless MABA volunteer who cares deeply  about this organization. She is a Past President, and now, 6 years after stepping down from that tremendous job, she manages several other MABA programs. Gina is the voice of optimism and positive thinking. She sees and believes in the best in people, and when she gives advice she does it with an open heart. Gina has been working hard for bees, beekeepers, and MABA for many years. It’s impossible to know just how many beekeepers lives she has helped. The MABA beekeeper of the year is…

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Read more about the article Become a Volunteer for MABA
Beyond Keeping Bees MABA members share information at public events

Become a Volunteer for MABA

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association is powered solely by volunteers. Join us! You will learn a lot about bees and beekeeping, meet interesting people, and have fun too. Everyone has something to give. There are many ways to volunteer: Man a MABA table at festivals and community events Get donations for the annual auction Help setup/cleanup at MABA events Assist with the Jr. Beekeepers Program Speak at an elementary school Serve on the Executive Board Be the A/V guy Help with the Beekeeping Short Course, Hive Inspections, Extraction Equipment Rentals, Essay Contest, Honey Contests, Annual Auction, and much more. Help maintain…

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Donate

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, Inc. is both an all volunteer organization and a 501(c)(3) Corporation. That means that your donation is not only tax deductible but that the entirety of your donation goes toward supporting beekeeping and educating the public in the value of honey bees and native pollinators.You will receive an email confirmation and a receipt for your records in the mail.By Credit Card or Paypal   By CheckPlease make checks payable to Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, Inc. and mail to:Treasurer562 Rue MontaigneStone Mountain, 30083NAME________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS____________________________________________________________________________ CITY_______________________________________________________STATE____________________ ZIP_______________________PHONE NUMBER_____________________________________________ 

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Hive Inspections

Hive Inspection Program UPDATETo keep our members healthy and safe, in-person hive inspections will be limited to a small number where social distancing can be practiced. Zoom virtual hive inspections are being led by Linda Tillman. See below to register.28 Feb 2021 Join Us in a Hive Inspection at a Mentoring Apiary MABA Hive Inspections are a valuable opportunity for members to go through a hive with an experienced beekeeper at one of our Mentoring Apiaries in the Atlanta area. These events are free for MABA members. The non-member fee is $15.https://youtu.be/_yPqz69_25gSpecial thanks to Shannon Henson for creating this video…

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Buy Local Honey & Hive Products / Services

The following is a list of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Club members that sell honey as well as other products of the hive. We do hope you will patronize our members who have worked hard to produce these products from their bees.If you are a MABA member and you wish to have your honey bee products listed here, please fill out this form. There is no extra charge for this membership benefit.

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