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Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association

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Trees for Pollinators

We encourage local bee clubs, garden clubs, pollinator groups, arborist organizations, schools and local communities to help plant three varieties of tree seedlings to help our local pollinators: American Basswood and Little Leaf Linden.

Trees are “meadows in the sky” producing large numbers of flowers that yield abundant nectar. Groups around the world are recognizing the need to plant trees for pollinators and for the air we breathe. In Slovenia, beekeepers donate a tree seedling to every family upon the birth of a child.

Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators are essential to healthy forests, thriving food crops and vibrant landscapes. Planting a flowering tree to provide pollinators with the nectar, pollen and shelter they need and to bring natural beauty to your backyard.

SEMBA is hosting the sale of these three pollinator sapling trees which can be ordered at the SEMBA Online Store or at the link below. Trees will arrive at several central locations for distribution by April 10 at MSU Tollgate. Pickup is preferred, but delivery may be available. 

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Beekeeping  School is a nine month course introducing you to the biology of the honey bee, sustainable beekeeping practices, and honey extraction


Membership is open to anyone interested in beekeeping and connecting with local Michigan beekeepers.

Beepalooza 2022 Photo Album

From Candle making to mead tasting, Tollgate Farms was buzzing with excitement on May 22. There were so many events and activities from queen crafting and honey tasting to what does European foulbrood look like under a microscope … when’s the last time you opened a hive at a bee conference? Or heard our favorite Ohio Bee Inspector go on about all the issues facing bees today.

Charlotte Hubbard, Meghan Milbrath, Mike Connor and this is just scratching the surface of the incredible speakers and participants.

A fantastic day, thanks to all the volunteers and speakers and staff who made it all go so smoothly.

Mark your calendar for next June 4, 2023 the first Sunday after Memorial Day  Beepalooza Take Two.

Reporting a swarm of honey bees 

Thousands of honey bees have just invaded your property or adjacent area and have now settled in a large clump on a tree, a fence or on some other object. The mass of bees, called a swarm, may be as small as a softball or larger than a basket ball. You may feel terrified and think that your family is in great danger and you want them removed as soon as possible. The following questions and answers may help you understand the nature of swarming, how to remove the problem and also help a beekeeper save the honeybees.


Every year beekeepers are called upon to give advice regarding the removal of honey bees (and other insect pests) from homes and buildings. Such advice is difficult to give because each case requires first hand information, and no two responses are alike.

The following information is designed to give guidance about what needs to be done to accomplish honey bee nest removal and what considerations should be given when choosing a course of action.

Swarm Removal Contact List

The SEMBA swarm list is posted at the link below. For any questions or concerns you can contact SEMBA at

As you may know, most pesticides can pose a risk to humans and animals. For this reason, has published a free guide with organic, homemade, and agricultural alternatives.

You can check out the guide here:  Read More

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