August 15, 2018

Beekeepers Needed for Research

Are you a small- or medium-scale beekeeper in Maine? The University of Maine and College of the Atlantic are seeking interested small-scale (<30 colonies) and medium-scale (30-300 colonies) beekeepers involved in the sale of honey to participate in a 60-90 minute interview at a location of your choosing about your experiences in beekeeping and challenges you currently face. These … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: August

The colony is now just past its peak population and starting to raise larva that are destined to become winter bees. As the population of bees decreases in preparation for winter, it is important to keep an eye on mite levels which will continue increasing. Sample colonies for varroa mites using sugar or alcohol roll and if Varroa are detected above threshold, apply mite treatments. Make … [Read more...]

Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting 2018

The Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13th at SKY-HY Conference Center in Topsham, ME from 9 am – 5 pm (registration begins at 8:00 am). This year's event is hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Join us for a day of learning, conversation, honey tasting contest, dozens of raffle items, beekeeping supply vendors and and … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: July

Honey bee colonies hit their peak during this month. Add empty honey supers as needed. You can harvest honey when the honey flow slows (usually the end of July) or hold filled supers in a cool, protected location until the fall to evaluate whether the honey is needed for overwintering. Monitor Varroa populations. A mite treatment may be necessary prior to supering for the fall honey flow. … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: May

Brood rearing is in full force and populations inside the hive will build up quickly. Most of your time this month will be spent managing for population buildup and swarm prevention. Reverse brood chambers if necessary and inspect the brood pattern. Check the queen’s performance and for symptoms of brood disease. Re-queen any hives with failing or poor performing queens. Divide colonies at … [Read more...]

Call for Officer and Director Nominations

Each year the MSBA President appoints a Nominating Committee prior to the annual meeting, as specified in the bylaws. The duty of this committee is to find the best candidate for each office. The committee will present their nominations, and the members present at the annual meeting will have the opportunity to present additional nominations from the floor. Votes taken by ballot at the meeting … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: April

APRIL Brood production is ramping up this month. A few good pollen and nectar sources will start blooming, but poor weather may hinder the ability of foragers to access it.  Continue monitoring food reserves and feed light syrup (1:1) inside the hive if necessary.  Scrape bottom boards and quickly check the brood pattern on a mild day (calm, sunny, and above 50F).  If weather permits, sample … [Read more...]

2018 Maine Beekeeper Survey

The 2018 Annual Maine Beekeeper Survey of losses and management practices is now live and ready for your input!  Gathering this type of data is important for seeing trends, recognizing when and how losses occur, and determining where to focus education/outreach activities in the future.  A summary report of the survey will be presented at the Maine State Beekeepers annual meeting in October and … [Read more...]

A Tribute to Harold B. Swan

By Peter Cowin, “The Bee Whisperer” On January 14, 2018 Maine lost a pillar of the beekeeping community. Harold Swan was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1924.  He lived in the same residence in Brewer Maine for all of his 93 years. He loved nature, gardening, and most of all, bees. At the age of 19, young Harold, ordered his first beehive from Sears Roebuck. While Harold was in … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: March

Most queens will be laying eggs by the end of March. There will be very little natural forage available so monitoring food reserves is critical. It is not uncommon for a hive to make it through the hardest part of winter only to starve in March. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. Colonies that consume feed should be monitored carefully and fed as needed. Feed pollen substitute to … [Read more...]