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 August 25, 2015
Schlafly Bottleworks Crown Room located at
7260 Southwest Ave, St Louis, MO 63143 map

Tuesday, August 25th, 6:30 to 9:00

Top Bar Hives
 with Harry "Skip" Smith

The next meeting of the Saint Louis Beekeepers at Schlafly's Bottleworks is this coming Tuesday, August, 25th.  Our featured presenter is club member Skip Smith who has been successfully overwintering TBHs in our areas for several years.

Skip will talk about Top Bar beekeeping concepts and share his tips and tricks for overwintering colonies in this style hive in our area.

We will also cover fall feeding practices for TBHs and Langstroth, as well as answer your other seasonal management questions.

Bring A Book, Take a book.  Share a beekeeping related title that you're ready to pass along to someone else in the club in exchange for one you'd like to read.  

Tuesday, July 28th, 6:30 to 9:00

Bob Fink, BeeSweet Honey

Honey Harvest

The next meeting of the Saint Louis Beekeepers at Schlafly's Bottleworks is this coming Tuesday, July 28th.  Our featured presenter is Bob Finck, past president of Eastern Missouri Beekeepers, longtime beekeeper and expert craft mead maker.

Bob will share his expertise in all aspects of honey production from removing honey supers to extracting and bottling, to storage techniques.

We will also cover fall management practices for varroa mite testing and control, as well as answer your seasonal management questions.

Bring A Book, Take a book.  Share a beekeeping related title that you're ready to pass along to someone else in the club in exchange for one you'd like to read.  
Please join us on Tuesday, July 28th!

Join us for a special event announcement.

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

Eugene Makovec
Newsletter Editor
Missouri State Beekeepers Association
Photographing Honeybees in Nature

The next meeting of the Saint Louis Beekeepers at Schlafly's Bottleworks is Tuesday, June 23rd.  Our featured presenter is Eugene Makovec, a 20-year beekeeper living in rural Lincoln County Missouri. He ran a home-based photography business for two decades, shooting weddings, portraits, team photos and other odd jobs. As the beekeeping passion took up more and more of his time, he gave up the photography gig, and once again takes photos just for fun. Among other places,  his photos appear in the Missouri State Beekeepers Association newsletter, which he has edited for the past 10 years.

Eugene will talk about honeybee photography. In addition to covering some basic rules and techniques, he discuss understanding your digital camera's settings, and overriding them if needed. He will also cover guidelines for saving your digital files for different end uses.

Eugene will also share details and bring everyone up to speed on the current efforts to successfully change Missouri's honey laws, effecting all beekeepers who bottle and sell honey.

Tuesday, May 26th, 6:30 to 9:00

Dave Tylka
Perceptions & Expectations—How Do We Share Our Space with Native Animals?

Why don't all environmentally concerned homeowners landscape with native plants which provide ecological services to their yards, neighborhoods and the ecosphere?  The short answer is probably rooted in perceptions.  To help us explore these perceptions, Dave Tylka will explain how native landscaping is like a marriage between horticulture and ecology and help us arrive at the realization that there is not a magic recipe to successful native landscaping.  

Besides discussing how humans perceive their landscapes, Dave will explain how we can use borders and mulches to change some of these perceptions and improve the attractiveness of native landscapes, especially for neighbors who suffer from the "neatness syndrome."  Tylka will describe how native animals find habitat and why they select certain leaves, pollen, nectar and fruits to feed on.  

And finally, Dave hopes to dispel some urban myths: that all flies are disease-carrying agents of evil and that caterpillars eating your landscape plants should be eradicated.

Tuesday, April 28th, 6:30 to 9:00

Bait Boxes and Swarm Control
Our featured speaker will be St. Louis City resident and Eastern Missouri Beekeeping Association board member
Scott Jackson.  Scott started keeping honey bees as a teenager, took a break for a career (or two) and started up again 10 years ago.  He is an urban beekeeper and has had great success at catching swarms in bait boxes.  Scott will share his insights, tips and tricks for east swarm capture. 

We will also cover spring management practices for swarm control and answer your seasonal management questions.

Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30 to 9:00

Parkway North High Schools'
Environmental Action Team
Pollinator Project

The Pollinator Project, a group of students from Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Missouri will be our featured presenters.  Abby Lammers and her team are working on a research project that investigates the effects of pesticides on bees and endangered butterflies. During their research, they noticed that there is very little data on pesticide persistence in the environment, specifically with regards to neonicotinoids. Therefore, they have created a video and petition to propose that chemical manufacturers should market a test kit for their chemicals so that citizens can test for the presence and persistence of these chemicals themselves. See more at Pollinator Project.

We will also cover spring management practices for varroa mite control and answer your seasonal management questions.

Reminder - we've brought back the book-trade table, so bring a book and take a book.  Share a beekeeping related title that you're ready to pass along to someone else in the club

Tuesday, February 24th, 6:30 to 9:00

Tim Wilbanks, Owner of the Kalona Honey Company

Tim Wilbanks, Owner of the Kalona Honey Company, will be our featured speaker and will share what it takes to move from a hobbyist beekeeper to a sideliner in the modern age of beekeeping. 
Tim is a fifth generation beekeeper having grown up in Claxton, Georgia working in his family's commercial package and queen rearing business, The Wilbanks Apiaries, Inc.  He moved from Georgia to rural Southeast Iowa as a chiropractor, but with four young children at home, his desire to be in the office less and "in the yard" more gave birth to Kalona Honey Company. 
Tim resides on a small hobby farm with his queen bee, Sarah, and brood, Ansley, Harrison, Reed and Priscilla.  On any given day, the children will be seen along side dad in the operation, usually begging to stick their finger in a honeycomb.
Reminder - we've brought back the book-trade table, so bring a book and take a book.  Share a beekeeping related title that you're ready to pass along to someone else in the club.

Saint Louis Beekeepers 3rd Annual
2015 Honey and Wine Tasting
at the Culinary Institute of St. Louis

Suggested Donation $12.00

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Culinary Institute of St. Louis
2700 N. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri

Tuesday, November 25th, 6:30 to 9:00

Sustainable Beekeeping with Grant F. C. Gillard

We are thrilled to have Grant back to present, just on the heels of publishing his latest book (and best yet) titled "Sustainable Beekeeping, Surviving In an Age of CCD".  He will share his insights on what constitutes sustainability, how to determine if you, yourself are sustainable, how the bees practice sustainability and what management practices can support their efforts.

"We're giving Warre Hives and Top Bar Hives serious consideration. But sadly, even these less intensive methods of keeping bees face the same challenges as the commercial, conventional and traditional methods of keeping bees in Langstroth hives."

"There is an intriguing, underlying, mystic spirituality to keeping honeybees and the longer I keep bees, the more I respect what they do and how they go about doing it."

Grant has been keeping honeybees since 1981 and currently operates around 200 hives in southeast Missouri.  Along with his wife Nancy, the Gillards market honey for local retail sales and farmers' markets.  His methodology attempts to keep his bees as natural as possible with sustainable practices, including raising his own locally-adapted queen honey bees from survivor stock.  Grant also produces nucs, removes swarms and has published several other books on the topics of beekeeping and personal growth.

Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30 to 9:00

We are excited to bring one of Europe's leading natural beekeepers and founder of Russia's largest honeybee conservancy. 

Fedor Lazutin is author of "Keeping Bees With a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture" and will be our guest at the Saint Louis Beekeepers October meeting, this coming Tuesday.

Large horizontal hives are traditional across Europe and still used on a major scale.  Come here the many advantages they offer to beekeepers.  Fedor's visual presentation will include a horizontal hive demonstration and cover many methods applicable to any hive model, including swarm traps and natural swarming, treatment-free hives, foundation vs. foundationless comb, simplified beekeeping in one-box horizontal hives and much more.

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  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

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

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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