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Saturday, June 1, 2019
12 - 3:30 p.m.

MSU Student Organic Farm
3291 College Rd.
Holt, MI 48842

In Michigan, many beekeepers lose colonies due to varroa and pathogens vectored by the mite. Many beekeepers do not accurately monitor varroa because they do not know how to monitor, do not see the importance of monitoring, or do not feel confident in their ability to sample bees. Since varroa spread between colonies and apiaries, one beekeeper's failure to adequately control varroa can cause colony health issues or losses for nearby beekeepers. In order to address these issues, MSU’s Michigan Pollinator Initiative will host a MiteCheck Field Day event on Saturday, June 1st.  (Please note that we changed the date from 5/18 to 6/1.)

We are writing to invite two* members of your beekeeping association to the event. Content will include varroa biology, how to do powdered sugar roll tests and alcohol wash tests to monitor varroa, and how to teach varroa monitoring techniques to other beekeepers. We ask that all attendees commit to sharing information learned at the event with other beekeepers in their association and area.

The event is free. Lunch and a small stipend to help cover travel costs will be provided.

*If more than two members of your association want to attend the training, please designate two people to register for the event and have additional members email Ana Heck at to be added to the waitlist.

Download MiteCheck Field Day Invitation


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Ana Heck at or 517-884-7976.