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We will be holding the meeting tonight.  Please use your best judgement as to whether you feel it is safe for you to travel.  Our understanding is that paved roads are generally ice free but there are many power outages, and  downed limbs and trees that can make for hazardous travel and if you choose to venture out please use caution.

Our next meeting is at 6:30 PM Wed. Feb 6, 2019

Meeting location is at Schuler's Books at  2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 

The Meeting topics will be:

  Over-wintered hives and impact of this winter weather so far, and

Spring Preparation 

Presented By Ray Lackey 

(details below)

See you there !

February Meeting Topics


Wintering – We had a mild early winter.  Do not be deceived.  This is not necessarily good for the bees.  Anytime the outside temperature goes above about 42 degrees, the bees will break cluster and wander the hive, wasting energy and reducing the efficiency of the cluster, thus using more fuel, the stored honey.  Normally the queen will not be laying in the early winter but after approximately January 10, as the days get longer, the queen will start a small cluster of brood.  If a warm spell occurs after Jan 10, the cluster can grow too large, such that when a later cold snap occurs, the cluster will collapse around the brood away from the honey reserves and can starve to death in only a few days.  We will discuss various possible ways of aiding the bees in winter survival while watching the weather.


Spring Preparation: With winter in full swing, spring can’t be far behind.  The most dangerous period for colonies is the period of late winter, early spring when the cluster is growing but before the availability of regular nectar flow.  It takes a full cell of honey to produce a single bee so when you consider that each brood cell in use is turning out a new bee every 21 days, a cluster the size of a football will need ten pounds of nectar every 21 days.  Thus colony starvation often occurs during this period.  We will discuss what you can do to help your bees survive this period.

About the speaker,  Ray Lackey:  Master Beekeeper Ray Lackey, Grand Rapids Area Beekeepers Club, has been keeping bees for more than 30 years and received his Master Beekeeper Certification in 1995. He regularly speaks at garden clubs, schools and bee clubs on beekeeping and bees and has taught over 200 beekeepers covering everything from beginners classes to advanced  topics.  More information about Ray and the classes he offers can be found at his website 


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Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30PM- 8:00 PM at 

Schuler's Books  

2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 

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Grand Rapids Area Beekeepers

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

(616) 437-6364