Focusing on beekeeping practices, our goal is to facilitate a broad spectrum of education and promote healthy natural systems where people, honeybees and other pollinators can adapt and thrive.
The Saint Louis Beekeepers meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month 6:30 - 9:00 p.m..

Our next regular meeting will be September 23, 2014
Schlafly Bottleworks Crown Room located at
7260 Southwest Ave, St Louis, MO 63143 map

Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:30 to 9:00

We are pleased to have Cassie Vernier of Washington University sharing her current research at Tyson Research Center with us next Tuesday.  Her topic is "The honey bee as a model for understanding the evolution of cooperative social groups".

Cassie Vernier, 2nd year graduate student in the Ben-Shahar Lab at Washington University in St. Louis is interested in the evolution of social behavior, particularly understanding what genes and biological mechanisms influence animal sociality. In the Ben-Shahar lab, she uses the fruit fly and the honey bee as animal models for understanding this.

Cassie received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2012, where she majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

In addition to Cassie's talk, will also have a panel of beginning beekeepers (1 to 3 years experience) share their successes and challenges from the 2014 season.  If you would like be one of our panelists, please drop us a quick note at contact@saintlouisbeekeepers.com  We'd love to have you participate!

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

Our featured speaker this month is Doug Bauer, President and Co-Owner of DJM Ecological Services, a 20-year old company where he managing operations and focuses on strategic growth.  Most recently DJM purchased Pure Air Natives a Missouri based native seed supplier, offering agriculturally focused products, technical expertise and accessibility to the professional architect, engineer, designer and contractor market.  

Doug will share his expertise in habitat restoration, knowledge about Missouri native plant conservation and provide information about Pure Air Native's professional services.

Doug has a bachelor of science in natural resources and environmental studies from the University of Illinois and fought wildfires on the west coast during  his college summers. From there, he went to Chicago and completed an MBA from University of Chicago while working for a native restoration company as Vice President.

.Tuesday, July 22th 2014

It's turned into a good season for the honeybees here in the St. Louis metro area. Established colonies that survived the winter as well as new colonies that were able to build their numbers during the cool spring have made nice honey crops. The end of July is the best time to harvest, while the weather is warm and the honey will flow!

Immediately after harvest is the time to focus on varroa mite control.
Eleanor Schumacher, Illinois Apiary Inspector, Department of Agriculture and Editor of the ISBA Bulletin at Illinois State Beekeepers Association will present at this month's meeting on varroa mite testing and treatment, control and prevention.

.Tuesday, June 24th 2014

Saint Louis Beekeepers welcomes Phil Minden a local St. Louis beekeeper. Phil also wrote the business plan for Sweet Sensations which won the YouthBridge/SEIC social entreprenuership competition sponsored by the Skandalaris Center at Washington University in 2012, resulting in a $35,000 seed grant. Sweet Sensation is a business concept that uses beekeeping to provide employment opportunities and teach entrepreneurship and small business skills to under-served teens on the City’s north side.  Honey and beeswax, the byproducts of beekeeping, are the basic ingredients of many value added-products, including candles, soaps, lotions and gels, and lip balm.  Teenagers can participate at all levels in the care of bees, as well as the development and sale of these products.  Additionally, planning and operating a sustainable, environmentally-friendly beekeeping business provides excellent opportunities to teach teens the basics of small business management.

Tuesday, May 27th 2014

Arvin Pierce of acbees apiaries, southwest of Springfield Illinois, has been keeping honeybees for over 12 years.  Other than wintergreen grease patties in his first year, Arvin has not used any kind of treatment or chemicals in his hives.  Arvin does not buy bees but rather procures bees for his growing apiary by capturing swarms and providing colony removals (cut-outs).  Arvin is also a photographer and videographer has documented much of his beekeeping activities.  He shares his experiences in natural beekeeping wherever possible and the Saint Louis Beekeepers is pleased to have him join us for our May 27th meeting at the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood Missouri.  Please visit Arvin's webite at acbees.org.

April 2014

Fred Meder of Mi Armada Apiaries and the Quad Counties Beekeepers club will present on the Nicot queen rearing system.

Fred has been a beekeeper for five years and learned the Nicot System several years ago to raise queens for his own expansion as well as to sell nucs from local stock.

March 25th featured speaker is Mary Reed from Farmington.  Mary has been a beekeeper and practicing apitherapist in Missouri for many years.  She will share her knowledge, insights and practices to help us be healthy beekeepers!
Saint Louis Beekeepers and Three Rivers Beekeepers
Present another installment of BeeSpeak STL
Diana Sammataro, Ph.D.
March 1, 2014
Saint Louis Beekeepers
2014 Honey and Wine Tasting
at the Culinary Institute of St. Louis

 
Suggested Donation $10.00

Friday, January 17th, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Culinary Institute of St. Louis
2700 N. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri
Generous sponsors & donations provided by

The November 2013 meeting presentation by Mervin Wallace owner of Missouri Wildflower Nursery shared insights on selecting native plants for pollinators. Please visit Missouri Wildflower Nursery to order native plants and learn more about the virtues of going native in your garden.

Suggested Reading:
Bringing Nature Home
by Douglas Tallamy

Saint Louis Beekeepers
Monthly meetings held 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
@ Schlafly's Bottleworks
St. Louis, Missouri 63143

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