February 21, 2019

It’s Time to Order Bees!

Whether you’re just starting out or want to increase the number of your colonies, now is the time to place orders for packages and nucs. Packages will be arriving in mid-April through May, and nucs, which are dependent on weather conditions,are available mid-May through mid-July. A recent survey conducted among Maine suppliers show costs ranging from $130 to $175 for 3-lb packages. Nucs … [Read more...]

MSBA at the 2019 Maine Ag Show

For the 44th consecutive year, MSBA was represented at the 2019 Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center on January 15th - 17th, 2019. Organizer Lynn Lamb of Western Maine Beekeepers Association recruited members from around the state to volunteer for a shift. Sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the three-day show is held every year in … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: February

Bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40°F they will move to new areas of the hive and take cleansing flights. Late in the month, some queens may start to lay eggs. As a result, food will be consumed faster. Check wintering colonies for honey reserves by hefting the hive to feel the “honey weight”.  On warm sunny days (above 40F without wind) you can … [Read more...]

Honey and Wine Dinner – Reserve today!

The 2019 Maine Honey and Wine Dinner will take place at the Good Table Restaurant in Cape Elizabeth on Sunday Evening, January 27 Doors open at 5:00 PM, seating at 6:00 PM Each course of this five course dinner prepared by Lisa Kostopoulos and her crew will include honey as an ingredient and will be paired with a wine matched to the dish. Wine pairings will be provided by South Portland Wine … [Read more...]

The Beekeeper’s Calendar: January

The bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40F the bees will move to new areas of the hive and take cleansing flights. Gauge food levels in wintering colonies by lifting one corner of the hive and feeling the “honey weight”. If it is warm (above 40F without wind) you can quickly peek through the hole in the inner cover to see where the bees are in the hive … [Read more...]

Sign up now for beginner and advanced beekeeping classes!

Beekeeping is a big commitment and requires a solid foundation of knowledge plus continued learning. Courses are essential for beginners and a great opportunity for intermediate-level beekeepers to update their management skills. Reserve now; spaces fill up quickly. A comprehensive list of statewide classes is available on our Bee Schools page … [Read more...]

Order bee supplies now for delivery at annual meeting

The following vendors are offering free delivery to the MSBA Annual Meeting on October 13th. Space is limited in their trucks so call or place your order online ASAP! Betterbee – deadline 5 pm on Monday, October 8th. Order by phone or online. Must pecify pick-up at MSBA meeting and include your mobile # in website comment section. Brushy Mountain –Due to unforeseen circumstances Brushy … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: September

The year is starting to wind down. The queen has drastically reduced her egg laying and the hive is making its last foraging push before winter. If weather permits sample colonies for varroa mites one final time mid-September. It is not unusual to have a spike in varroa mite populations during this month as surrounding hives collapse from varroa infestations and mites migrate into your hives … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

Please visit the Annual Meeting Page to register online. … [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Mite-A-Thon!

The second annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 8 to Saturday, September 15, 2018 and we invite you to participate! SPREAD THE WORD - Local beekeeping clubs and associations are key to making the Mite-A-Thon a success! The Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within … [Read more...]