September 28, 2019

Great Lakes Bee Supply recommends, to all beekeepers in Southwest Michigan and those affected in other counties, that starting no later than 7pm Sunday Sept. 29th, 2019 , all beekeepers put an entrance reducer on their hive and block the bees into the hive for the dura...

September 11, 2019

An observation hive exhibit has arrived at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids! Through the entrance, up the hill past the American bald eagle, and to the right is the Natural Treasures building featuring native reptiles, amphibians, and the new hive.

On a hot and busy da...

We get thousands of calls from beekeepers all over Michigan and many from other states about beekeeping. Some problems are new and different, others we hear about time after time.

Occasionally someone will call about their hive not using new frames. They installed their...

Is my big hive just extra strong or is my smaller hive too weak?

In our classes we often mention the benefits to starting or having more than one bee hive. One of those reasons is allowing you to compare progress of each hive to another one nearby. This can help identif...

By no means is Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) the only thing that can kill a hive, but it certainly is more common that you think. Deformed wing virus comes from the Varroa Destructor and is one of the more obvious viruses to identify in a hive. Below are some symptoms of D...

March 18, 2019

Now through April 30, 2019, head to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to see the nation’s largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit.

Every March and April, the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is an opportunity for a...

March 2, 2019

Studying the behavior of various bee species and their habitat activity in restored prairies is the research of Sean Griffin, Michigan State University PhD candidate. For more than a decade Griffin has studied wild bees and habitats across the US including the tall gra...

March 1, 2019

Since there is no peeking in a hive until the outside temperature reaches a minimum of 65 F, one might wonder how honey bees are surviving the winter temperatures like the -18 F to 38 F swing during the January 31 to February 4 weather roller coaster.

“The cluster of be...

February 1, 2019

It’s no wonder why our mailboxes and emails are filled with seed catalogs and special offers - winter is a great time to research and plan this year’s garden, especially when plans include food for pollinators.

Before making any purchases from seed catalogs with glossy...

January 22, 2019

Finding a Balance Between Biodiversity and Bureaucracy for Homeowners and Businesses


For many homeowners and businesses, perfectly mowed lush lawns are a symbol of aesthetic perfection. For others, lawns are a waste of time, money, and are as beneficial as a parking l...

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