My husband and I are newish beekeepers (3 years) of a small apiary. We consider Michael to be our mentor. The northwest is a challenging place to be a beekeeper, but Michael has saved our hives more than once. This year one of our queens died very early in the spring. I sent Michael a panicked email. At the same time, I emailed the place I got the queen and another experienced beekeeper. Michael was the one who responded immediately, and with a name of someone who had extra queens. We were saved. He is so knowledgeable, and is also very well connected – a valuable combination! Thank you Michael!