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May Member Meeting

May 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Agenda:  JoAnne Sabin and Bob Sitko: Swarms, Swarm management, Swarm Catching and 2018 Swarm report

Description: This presentation will help you understand the steps of swarming, why you would want to prevent swarming, early signs to watch for and how to manage your colonies to prevent swarming.  This presentation will also cover the ins and outs of retrieving swarms and Bob will share statistics from 2018 of the swarm calls our MHBA Swarm Chasers handled.

Speaker Bios:

Bob Sitko: Master Beekeeper, MHBA Swarm Coordinator, beekeeping instructor/speaker.  Bob has kept bees for nearly 50 years and is a recipient of the MHBA Beekeeper of the Year.  Bob got into beekeeping to help solve his hay fever woes and has since taught and mentored countless new beekeepers and shared the good news about bees to many school children and adults.

JoAnne Sabin: Beekeeper since 2005 and beekeeping instructor/speaker.  JoAnne's love of photography, gardening and healthy food, along with a nudge from a beekeeping colleague got her into beekeeping.  An IT/Business Consultant by day, who teaches adults all over the country, JoAnne enjoys employing those skills to teach Beekeeping, Bee-Friendly Gardening, and Pollination.


May 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ruttan Hall – Room B45
Ruttan Hall · 1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
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