February 23, 2018

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...]

If you see a swarm of bees, call a beekeeper.

Recently, Erin McGregor Forbes, CFO of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a Master Beekeeper, received an email about a swarm of honey bees that had been reported by a terrified East Boothbay resident. Erin was able to relocate the bees to a hive at the Gardens, bringing our current hive count to nine. Read on about saving the swarm! http://www.mainegardens.org/blog/saving-the-swarm/   … [Read more...]

Browntail moths in mid-coast Maine: How to protect your hives during a pesticide spray

In 2016, the browntail moth (BTM) wreaked havoc in mid-coast Maine defoliating trees and causing respiratory problems for people. It was a particularly bad year for the invasive species and 2017 is expected to be yet another. The pest has caused such a problem in several coastal communities that many are opting to spray pesticides to combat the growing destructive population. The browntail moth … [Read more...]

Information About the Veterinary Feed Directive

There has been a lot of talk about the new VFD and how it might affect beekeepers treating for diseases such as European Foul Brood (EFB). MSBA is pleased to share this presentation put together by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, which was directed to the Apiary Inspectors of America. It includes a some very good background about the new directive and how it applies. … [Read more...]

Save the Date – MSBA Annual Meeting

The MSBA annual meeting will be held on October 15, 2016 The meeting this year is hosted by the Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers Association and will be held at the Oceanside High School in Rockland, ME. Save the date in your calendar to come and hear keynote speaker, renowned honeybee researcher Tom Seeley More details to follow. … [Read more...]