April 27, 2018

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...]

MSBA BIP-SAP Grant Applications Open

An exciting opportunity for members of the MSBA! Be a citizen scientist – help other Maine beekeepers The MSBA is pleased to announce the formation of a new grant to assist beekeepers wishing to participate in the Bee Informed Partnership’s Sentinel Apiary Program (BIP-SAP). Three (3) beekeepers or chapter clubs from around Maine will be chosen to participate in the MSBA BIP-SAP program for … [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...]

Behind the sign: Portland Protectors works to make the community safe for bees (and all of us!)

Avery Yale Kamila and Maggie Knowles, co-founders of Portland Protectors, are the driving force behind a local movement to change attitudes about pesticide use. Their small white “Bee Safe” signs are popping up on lawns all across southern Maine. Through education and advocacy, they are making places safe for wildlife, children and families one public space and private yard at a time. The Bee … [Read more...]

Join the 2017 Mite-A-Thon

The first annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 and we invite you to participate! 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 a one week window. All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling … [Read more...]

MSBA Annual Meeting is October 14th, 2017

Please join the Maine State Beekeepers Association for their Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 am – 5 pm (registration begins at 8 am). The location will again be the Oceanside High School, 400 Broadway, Rockland, Maine and the meeting is being hosted by the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers Guest speakers: Dr. Jim Tew Dr. Anita Collins Lincoln Sennett State Apiarist, … [Read more...]

UMaine researchers unveil BeeMapper, a wild bee habitat assessment tool

BeeMapper is an interactive web tool that displays land cover and predicted wild bee abundance throughout the Maine wild blueberry production landscape. https://umaine.edu/beemapper … [Read more...]