Beekeepers To Congregate at Albion College This Weekend

Jul 8, 2015
Courtesy Zachary Huang

Beekeepers from around the state and country will gather at Albion College today through Saturday for the annual Heartland Apicultural Society Conference. The conference is open to the public, and it’s all about beekeeping, with classes for beginners along with activities like bee-themed storytelling and art. However, with bee populations declining across the country, some of the conference will also focus on simply helping bees survive. WMUK’s Robbie Feinberg spoke with society chairman and Michigan State University entomology professor Zachary Huang

Experts say Michigan’s honey bee population is down by about 30 percent from last year. They say the species responsible for pollinating about one-third of the human diet has been having a tough time making it through the recent harsh winters. (WDET)

Fence would be required hives that are less than 200 feet from a property line

courtesy of Lad Hanka

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids is usually swarming with people and this year it will be swarming with bees. Kalamazoo artist and beekeeper Ladislav Hanka has found an interesting way to let his bees collaborate on his artwork. 

The Great Wall of Bees: The Intelligence of the Bee Hive by Ladislav Hanka will be on display at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids through October 12.

Ann Sharkey inspects her hive on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic fruit farm
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Despite the media’s out-pouring of articles about “colony collapse disorder” and about how pesticides are killing off bees, visitors to my organic blueberry farm often have not connected the dots between bees and fruit.