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Bay de Noc Beekeeping Club to have free event Jan. 25

Beekeeping 101 is set for Jan. 25 at Bay College in Escanaba.

ESCANABA — The Bay de Noc Beekeeping Club will host its third-annual Beekeeping 101 event to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, Jan. 25, in Room 952 in the Joseph Heirman University Center on the Bay College Escanaba campus.

People have many reasons why they choose to become beekeepers — they would like to make a difference in the worldwide decline of honeybees, they seek a way to more effectively pollinate their garden or crop, they value honey and want access to their own fresh comb, or they just want to learn about this process for personal growth.

This event is designed to assist on that path. All are welcome.

Joel Lantz, a beekeeper of more than 30 years, and other experienced Upper Peninsula apiarists will provide key information on the science and art of beekeeping, such as basics about honeybees and their roles in the hive, what equipment to start with, how to get your bees and various region-specific tips.

“There is a lot of information out there on keeping bees,” club president Jessica LaMarch said, “but so much of that information is for warmer-weather climates. What I find invaluable when learning from Joel Lantz is how to care for honeybees in our unique climate.”

“Beekeeping is a fascinating process once you get started. It seems silly to say, but you kind of fall in love with these mesmerizing creatures. They open your eyes to what is happening around you and you become more engaged with your natural surroundings. We are looking forward to helping new beekeepers get started,” LaMarch said.

All are welcome and registration is not required. Lunch will not be provided, but coffee and snacks will be available by donation.

For more information, contact Jessica LaMarch at baydenocbeekeepingclub@gmail.com or through the Bay de Noc Beekeeping Club facebook page.

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