Upcoming events

    • 2 Oct 2022
    • 13:00 - 15:00
    • Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane

    Annual General Meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association Inc.

    Attend in-person or virtually on Zoom. Before the meeting, all financial members will receive an email containing the Agenda, Minutes of the last 2021 AGM, Audited financial statement, and a zoom link to attend online. If you are not able to be present either by Zoom or room, you may give a proxy to another person to vote on your behalf. See our Rules, posted on our website for more details of the AGM, https://australiannativebee.org.au/Publications

    The Management Committee will be appointed. The 14 days deadline for nominations for the next Management Committee has passed and we have received the following. These positions should now be considered elected, according to our Rules.

    • President: Mark Hall,
    • Vice President: Megan Halcroft,
    • Secretary: Tim Heard,
    • Treasurer: Peter Stone,
    • Past-president: automatically filled by Ian Driver.

    We plan to nominate the following positions at the AGM. We will first have to have pass this motion and then call for nominees from the floor.

    • Web administrator,
    • Committee Members,
    • Chair of Honey Subcommittee.

    We will also endorse the branch reps elected by their branches:

    • Sydney Branch Representative: Sam Higgins,
    • Mid-north Coast Branch Representative: Diane Norris,
    • Coffs Harbour Branch Representative: Monica Rich,
    • Brisbane Branch Representative: Dean Haley,
    • Wide Bay Branch Representative: Greg Pern,
    • Gladstone Branch Representative: John Starr,
    • Rockhampton Branch Representative: Lloyd Younger,
    • Cassowary Coast Branch Representative: Lea Merone,
    • Cairns Branch Representative: Stewart Clarke,

    After our AGM, we will hear a talk from our current ANBA Vice President, Dr Mark Hall on the topic “Pollinators, people and places: A decade of bee research and advocacy”.

    Biography. I have been a native bee researcher and enthusiast for over a decade; My PhD work centred on understanding bee populations across modified agricultural landscapes of central Victoria. I was persuaded to move north (first to the University of New England and then Western Sydney University) to study aspects of the biology, ecology and crop pollination potential of bees, particularly our much loved stingless bees. This has led me to study stingless bees on berry crops, cucurbits and look at hive design and how this might influence bee health and survival throughout the year, among other things. My desire to know more about solitary bees (and other pollinators) led me back to Victoria to work with local groups looking to create pollinator corridors across landscapes. My focus has shifted a little away from research lately, as I have taken up a role as Senior Biodiversity Officer for the City of Greater Bendigo. I hope to guide future direction of the association, particularly in how we support both research and on-ground actions that promote native bee health and conservation.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 13:00 - 17:00 (AEDT)
    • Coffs Harbour Butterfly House 5 Strouds Rd, Bonville NSW
    • 8

    Rescheduled from 27 Feb due to floods

    Attend this workshop to learn all about native bees, the solitary and social ones and how to propagate them. The slide presentation will cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. In the practical session, we will open hives and observe the amazing structures within. We will demonstrate the various ways of propagating hives. You will pick up lots of tips on managing the native social bees, including how to extract honey from them.

    Starting time and place 1pm at the South Coffs Community Garden, Bruce King Dr, Boambee East NSW. At 2pm, we travel to the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House 5 Strouds Rd, Bonville NSW for lecture, afternoon tea and more demos. 

    Presenter is Dr Tim Heard,  an entomologist, stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees for pollination, education and conservation. 

    Copies of The Australian Native Bee Book, will be available for sale, $35.

    If you have a hive that you would like to divide, you can bring to the workshop. But please contact Tim@sugarbag.net, or 0434416053, to arrange it.

    Price for members of the Australian Native Bee Association. $45, non-members $60. If you are not yet a member, join here, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us, wait until you are approved, then return to buy ticket. NB if you are not yet a member, it's a smart choice to join first, it will save you money.

    Price includes delicious afternoon tea. 

    Enquiries to Monica Rich, 0419298586, or email monicarich00@gmail.com.

Past events

17 Sep 2022 Sydney Native Bee Community AGM
11 Sep 2022 Field trip to a macadamia farm
10 Sep 2022 Cassowary Coast September meeting
4 Sep 2022 Gladstone branch Annual General Meeting
20 Aug 2022 Wide Bay branch Annual General Meeting
13 Aug 2022 Rockhampton branch AGM
7 Aug 2022 Brisbane branch August meeting
4 Aug 2022 Mid North Coast branch Annual General Meeting
24 Jul 2022 Coffs Harbour branch Annual General Meeting
16 Jul 2022 Cassowary Coast July meeting
8 Jul 2022 ANBA at the Queensland Garden Expo
3 Jul 2022 Brisbane branch July meeting
11 Jun 2022 3rd Australian Native Bee Conference
28 May 2022 Cassowary Coast branch May meeting
28 May 2022 Gladstone Branch meeting
14 May 2022 Rockhampton Branch meeting
1 May 2022 Brisbane branch May meeting
3 Apr 2022 Brisbane branch April meeting
26 Mar 2022 Native bee workshop, Bundaberg Qld
6 Mar 2022 Cancelled: Brisbane branch March meeting
25 Feb 2022 Native bee workshop, Mid North Coast, NSW
19 Feb 2022 Native bee Workshop, Bundaberg Qld
6 Feb 2022 Brisbane branch February meeting
5 Feb 2022 Cassowary Coast branch meeting
5 Feb 2022 Sydney branch February Meeting
5 Dec 2021 Brisbane branch December meeting HIVE COMPETITION
4 Dec 2021 Sydney Native Bee Community AGM
20 Nov 2021 Native bee information display
7 Nov 2021 ANBA AGM and Brisbane branch November meeting
17 Oct 2021 Coffs Harbour Branch workshop
9 Oct 2021 Cassowary Coast Branch Meeting
9 Oct 2021 Information stall be at Plantapalooza, Rocklea, Brisbane
3 Oct 2021 Brisbane branch October meeting
11 Sep 2021 POSTPONED until Feb 2022, Native bee workshop ANBA Mid-north Coast
11 Sep 2021 Cassowary Coast Branch Annual General Meeting
5 Sep 2021 Brisbane branch September meeting
25 Jul 2021 Native bee workshop, Cairns
24 Jul 2021 Native bee workshop, Innisfail
4 Jul 2021 Brisbane branch July meeting
20 Jun 2021 Coffs Harbour Branch meeting
13 Jun 2021 Rockhampton Branch meeting
6 Jun 2021 Brisbane branch June meeting
23 May 2021 World Bee Day, ANBA at Northey Street Market
2 May 2021 Brisbane branch May meeting- “Using DNA metabarcoding to identify plants used by Australian stingless and solitary bees” by Rachele Wilson
17 Apr 2021 Into the Bush: In search for local Metallic Carpenter Bees
11 Apr 2021 Brisbane branch April meeting - My experiences with PNG bees by Matthew Middleton
13 Mar 2021 Native bee workshop
7 Mar 2021 Trehalulose, a sweet but healthy sugar in stingless bee honey
28 Feb 2021 Native bee workshop at Coffs Harbour
27 Feb 2021 Native bee workshop ANBA Mid-north Coast
7 Feb 2021 February Brisbane branch meeting
6 Dec 2020 ANBA AGM and Hive exhibition
3 Dec 2020 Mid-north Coast branch meeting with Gail albertoni
28 Nov 2020 Bundaberg Native bee workshop
8 Nov 2020 Bee conservation in action
8 Nov 2020 AGM Brisbane Branch ANBA
10 Oct 2020 ANBA Wide Bay Branch Annual General Meeting
4 Oct 2020 Our Journey with Stingless Bees, by Greg and Jennifer Shea
6 Sep 2020 Let me tell ya 'bout the nuts and the bees and the flowers and the trees
23 Aug 2020 CANCELLED Rockhampton Native bee workshop
9 Aug 2020 World of Meliponini // LIVE feed // Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno
9 Aug 2020 Brisbane branch meeting and viewing and viewing of World of Meliponini // Live feed
2 Aug 2020 Cancelled: Brisbane branch monthly meeting and viewing of Bees of Eora, Sydney Native Bee Art Exhibition
5 Jul 2020 Genomics of stingless bees by James Hereward, Monthly meeting
7 Jun 2020 Monthly live online meeting
3 May 2020 Live online meeting with Kit Prendergast
1 Mar 2020 Brisbane branch March meeting featuring Brian Cutting
9 Feb 2020 ANBA Rocky Branch Meeting
2 Feb 2020 Brisbane branch February meeting featuring Flavia Massaro
7 Dec 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association
5 Dec 2019 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference
4 Dec 2019 Meeting to form a Wide Bay branch
8 Nov 2019 Gladstone Branch event
7 Nov 2019 Mid North Coast NSW Branch meeting
3 Nov 2019 Brisbane branch November meeting featuring Alex Derrick and Kupae
6 Oct 2019 Brisbane Branch October meeting
25 Aug 2019 Rockhampton ANBA workshop
24 Aug 2019 Gladstone ANBA workshop
4 Aug 2019 Brisbane branch August meeting, featuring Stingless bee Honey
7 Jul 2019 Brisbane branch meeting, featuring Seminar on Native bees for crop pollination by Romina Rader
8 Jun 2019 The Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW Annual conference
2 Jun 2019 General meeting of Brisbane Branch (ANBA Inc.)
5 May 2019 General meeting of Brisbane Branch ANBA

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