2020 Calendar of Events:

 Our regular meetings take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm and everyone is welcome.

We meet in the Forest Park Kiwanis' Bldg. at 752 Main Street, Forest Park, Ga. 30297

Stick around for our Beekeepers Corner program, snacks & socializing after each meeting.

Our Hands-On training in the Bee Yard takes place near downtown Decatur and registration is required.

You can register by emailing us at TaraBeekkeepers@gmail.com and we will provide you with more details.

2020

March 15                        Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REG. REQ. BY MARCH 12th  - Observe build-up, Consider Splits

March 16                        Meeting, Speaker: Jimmy Gatt - Bees & Trees

                                          Learn what can you plant to help honeybees and other pollinators.

                                          Discover which invasive plants look like good bee plants but are actually toxic.

                                          Discuss the pros & cons about keeping exotic trees that are good for bees

                                          Beekeepers Corner: The Eye in the Sky -- How Honey Bees See Flowers

                                          Native Plants for Sale from Nearly Native Nursery    Pre-orders welcome.

April 6                            Tara Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck (in Board Room at regular meeting place)

April 19                          Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)  

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY APRIL 15th  - Making Splits , Add Supers

April 20                          Meeting, Speaker: Phillip Tedders - Beneficial Insects to Help Beekeepers

                                          Info about Nematoads, Pseudoscorpions & Others

                                          Beekeepers Corner: Recognizing Pests in Our Hives/Understanding their Life Cycles

                                          Nematoads for Sale from Southeastern Insectaries. Pre-orders welcome.

May 17                            Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY MAY 15th  - Evaluate Brood & Resources

May 18                            Meeting, . : .  - Beekeeping First-Aid

                                          Anaphylactic Shock, Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke, Back Injuries, Ankle Sprains.

                                          Beekeepers Corner: ..

June 14                          Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY JUNE 12th  - Check for Pests & Diseases

 

June 15                           Meeting, ..: ..  - Myco Immunology

                                          Do Mycillium and Myco-based supplements boost the immune system of Honey Bees?

                                          Beekeepers Corner: Evidenced-based Analysis of Your Work in the Beehive

July 6                              Tara Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck (in Board Room at regular meeting place)

July 19                            Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY JULY 17th  - ..

July 20                            Meeting, . : .  - TBA

                                          Beekeepers Corner: .TBA

August 16                      Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY AUGUST 14th  - ..

 

August 17                      Meeting, Speaker: keif schleifer - Honey Bees & Beekeepers in Myth, Legend & Lore

                                          Info about Nematoads, Pseudoscorpions & Others

                                          Beekeepers Corner: Beekeeping Books and Refences

September 20              Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                         Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY SEPT 17th  - ..

September 21              Honey-Palooza  - OPEN HOUSE -   752 Main St., Forest Park, GA

                                                    Hands-On Demonstrations: Extracting Honey, Making Salve and Lip Balm,

                                                    Black Jar Honey Contest, Honey-based Snacks & Recipes, Local Honey

                                                    Open to the public  --  Bring your non-beekeeping friends

October 5                      Tara Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck (in Board Room at regular meeting place)

 

October 18                    Annual Fall Picnic  (1pm - 4pm)

                                                    Forest Park GA

                                                    Pot Luck, Hive Lifting Contest, Smoker Contest, Trivia, Lawn Games, Good Fun

 

October 19                    Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY OCT 17th  - ..

 

November 15                Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY NOV. 12th  - ..

 

November 16                Meeting, . : .  - ..

                                          * * Election of Club Officers & Board Members * *

                                          Beekeepers Corner: ...

December                     Catered Christmas Dinner @ 6:00 pm

                                                    Beekeeper of the Year Award Presentation

                                                    White Elephant Gift Exchange  

                                                   **Quarterly Prize :    $100.00**

                                                   ^^End of Year Prize:  Hand-made hive built by P.N. Williams^^

 

December 6                  Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                         Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY DEC 4th  - Check-On the Bees, Feed if Necessary.

 

 

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PREVIOUSLY

February 17                  Meeting, Speaker: Mary Cahill-Roberts - Bee Jobs: The Importance of Biology

                                          Learn the correlation between the honey bees' division of work and their biology
                                          as a fundamentals guide to decision-making in colony management.

                                          Beekeepers Corner: PN Williams  Tips & Tricks for Catching Swarms

 

February 16                  Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REG. REQ. BY FEB 15th - Preparing for Swarms

                                          Understand  the nature and mechanics of swarms.

January 20                     Meeting, Beekeepers' Round-Robin  - Questions & Answers with New & Experienced Beekeepers

                                          We'll organize into small groups and rotate among tables staffed with new & experienced Beekeepers

                                          for in-depth discussions regarding your beekeeping questions.

                                      

January 19                     Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY JAN 15th  - Winter-time Care and Inventory Equipment

January 14                    Tara Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck (in Board Room at regular meeting place)

December 7                   Catered Christmas Dinner @ 6:00 pm

                                                    Beekeeper of the Year Award Presentation -- Ronnie Brannon

                                                    White Elephant Gift Exchange  

                                                   **Quarterly Prize :    $100.00**

                                                   ^^End of Year Prize:  Hand-made hive built by P.N. Williams^^

 

November 10                 Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  (1pm - 3pm)

 

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY NOV 9th  - Assessment of Resources & Winter-time Prep

 

November 18                Meeting, Tour Guides: Ronnie Brannon & PN Williams  - Honey Bee Holiday Tour of Homes

                                          * * Election of Club Officers & Board Members * *

                                          Beekeepers Corner: Hands-On Unusual & Unique Beehives, also

                                                                                 summarizing your experience with bees this year

October 13                    Bee-yard ~~~ Hands-on opportunity  for Beekeeping Essentials  -  (1pm - 3pm)   

                                          Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. BY OCT 12th  -

                                          Evaluate Quality of Brood Build-up for Winter, Assess Mites & Pests

October 5                          Annual Fall Picnic  (1pm - 4pm)

                                                    Pavillion #1, Starr Park, Forest Park GA

                                                    Pot Luck, Hive Lifting Contest, Trivia, Lawn Games, Good Fun

October 2                          Tara Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck (in Board Room at regular meeting place)

September 16                  Honey Harvest Hands-On Hoopla - OPEN HOUSE -   752 Main St., Forest Park, GA

                                                    Hands-On Demonstrations: Extracting Honey, Making Salve and Lip Balm,

                                                    Black Jar Honey Contest, Honey-based Snacks & Recipes, Local Honey

                                                    Open to the public  --  Bring your non-beekeeping friends

 

September 15                  Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)   

                                             Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ.BY SEPT 14th  - Checking for Pests and Parasites

​​August 18                         Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)   

                                             Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ.BY AUGUST 16th  - Prepare for Fall Nectar Flow

August 19                         Meeting, Speaker: Edie Morton  -  Encaustic Art - Sacred Pollinators

                                             Beekeepers Corner:  Books and Periodicals that are Worth Your Time.

 

​​August 17                         Children's Beekeeping Course  -  Introduction to beekeeping  (Sat.  9am-12pm)                                            

                                             Reynolds Nature Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Rd, Morrow, GA 30260

                                             REGISTRATION REQ. BY  AUGUST 12th.    Email tarabeekeepers@gmail.org

 

July 15                               Meeting, Speakers: PN & Evelyn Williams  -  Our Beekeeping Journey

                                             (attention given to before & after the onset of  CCD, Varroa and Small Hive Beetles)

                                              Supported by the American Beekeeping Federation

                                              Beekeepers Corner:   Your questions for PN & Evelyn Williams

July 14                                Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)   

                                             Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ.BY JULY 12th  - Pest Management, Brood Quality

July 9                                  Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck  (Board room of our regular meeting place)

June 17                              Meeting, SpeakerSusan Meyers Monarchs & Milkweed Across Georgia

                                             Beekeepers Corner:  Harvesting Honey

                                             **Quarterly Prize - Solar Wax Melter built by Rick Stevens & keif schleifer**

                                             (you must be a member to win)

 

June 16                               Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)   

                                              Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ.

                                              Working bees in high heat, feeding strategies, summer expectations.


May 20                                Meeting, Speaker: Jimmy Gatt  -  Trees and Shrubs that Support Honeybees & Other Pollinators

                                              Beekeepers Corner:  Looking for pests and understanding their impact on your honeybee colonies

May 19                                Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)   

                                              Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ.

                                              Gearing Up for the Summer, Checking for Growth of the Colony

 

April 21                              Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)                                

                                             Decatur, GA  - REGISTRATION REQ. - Caring for Swarms, Nucs & Packages

 

April 16                              Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck 

​April 15                              Meeting, Speaker: Emily Ferrall  What Gardeners Can Do For Bats

                                                               Beekeepers Corner:  "How can I tell if my bees are doing well?"

 

April 7                                 Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)                                                                                                                                            

                                              Decatur, GA  - REGISTRATION REQ. - Queens & brood - Life stages and timelines

               March 18                            Meeting, Speaker: Lewis Bartlett   -  Varroa, Viruses, and What Makes an Enemy Dangerous

                                                             Beekeepers Corner:   Equipment & gear that is right for you

                                                             ** Quarterly Prize - Nucleus Colony of Bees (Certificate for pick-up after queen is laying eggs)**

  

               March 10                            Bee-yard Beekeeping Essential  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)  - REGISTRATION REQ                                                                                                                

                                                             Decatur, GA & Locust Grove, GA. - Check on the bees, understanding the nature of splits

                                                                                                                             and how to determine if making splits are right for your colonies.

February 18                       Meeting, Speaker: Ken Zinkand  - The Relationship Between Mushrooms and Bees and Which Mushrooms                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You Can Grow at Home to Help Your Bees

                                               Beekeepers Corner:  Understanding the life-cycle of Honeybees to help you with timing in your hive

 

February 17                       Bee-yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)                                                                                                                                                                           Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. - Check on the bees, build & clean up old hives

 

January 22                        Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck 

 

January 21                        Meeting, Speaker: Mary Cahill-Roberts  - Apitherapy: Honey - An Overview of Its Health Benefits & Uses

                                              Beekeepers Corner:  Create an inventory of what you need/have for this season
                                                                                      and  learn where you can find the supplies and equipment you need.

​January 20, 2019             Bee-Yard Beekeeping Essentials  -  Hands-on opportunity (1pm - 3pm)       
                                              Decatur, GA - REGISTRATION REQ. - Winter check-up & Feeding

​Dec 3, 2018                         Holiday Party & Catered Christmas Dinner @ 6:00 pm (Gift Exchange & Awards)

                                               End of Year Prize:  Hand Made Hive donated by P.N. Williams

                                               Beekeeper of the Year --  keif schleifer
 

Nov 19, 2018                      Meeting, Speaker: keif schleifer    -    Winter Chores: Preparing for Spring

 

Nov 3, 2018                         Adult Beekeeping Course   -  Overview of beekeeping   (Sat. 8am - 4pm)

 

Oct 20th, 2018                   Annual Fall Picnic  (11am - 4pm)

                                                Rick and Joann Minter’s Farm, 283 Hills Bridge Road, Fayetteville 30215

 

Oct 2nd, 2018                    Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck

 

Sept 17, 2018                     Tara Beekeepers Annual Honey Show 

                                                Quarterly Prize:   Complete hive (choice of 8 or 10 frame no bees) 

 

Aug 20th, 2018                  Meeting, Speaker: Jim Quick   -   Get your bees ready for winter

 

Aug 18th, 2018                  Children's Beekeeping Course  -  Introduction to beekeeping  (Sat.  9am-12pm)                                                                                                                       Reynolds Nature                                  Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Rd, Morrow, GA 30260

 

July 17th, 2018                 Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck 

 

July 16th,   2018               Meeting, Speaker: PN Williams   -   Summer Care for Your Bees

 

June 18th, 2018               Meeting, Speaker: Jennifer Berry 

                                               Quarterly Prize:  Solar Wax Melter donated by keif schleifer

 

May 21, 2018                    Meeting, Speaker: Véronique Perrot  -  Native plants that support honeybees

 

April 17th, 2018               Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck 

 

April 16th, 2018               Meeting, Speaker: Keith Fielder  - 7 Habits of Successful Beekeepers

 

March 19th, 2018             Meeting, Speaker: Bobby Torbush   -   Hive Management, Reading Frames

                                               Quarterly Prize :  Nuc of Bees donated by Busters Bees

 

February 19th, 2018       Meeting, Speaker: Paul Berry    -   Swarms

 

January 24th, 2018         Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm - Pot Luck 

 

January 15th, 2018         Meeting, Speaker: Keith Delaplane   -  Bees in nature and what we can learn from them

 

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