June 23, 2017

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...]

Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture Hands-on Workshop

Cumberland County Beekeepers Association Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture Hands-on Workshop Tuesday May 10th 2016 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: Maine Mead Works, Portland Maine   Presenter: Jack Hildreth, Master Beekeeper   This will be a lecture style workshop discussing the causes of and reasons for honeybee swarms, how to manage and reduce the swarm impulse in … [Read more...]

Swan’s Honey Open Hive Day

Saturday May 7th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM 332 Bessey Ridge Road Albion, ME 04910 Live bees on premises! Demonstrations and hands-on workshops* include: Splitting bees Evaluating Queens and Nucleus Hives Introducing mated queens Mite monitoring Mite treatment applications including oxalic acid, Mite Away Quick Strips, and Apivar Tours of honey extracting and processing *Held … [Read more...]

March 2016 – The Beekeeper’s Calendar

This hive will need more candy soon. • Have you renewed your Maine State Beekeepers Membership for the year? • Check colony conditions. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. • Colonies that consume feed should be monitored and fed as needed. • Feed protein supplements (pollen substitute) for brood production to colonies you are planning to split. Make sure they have sufficient … [Read more...]

November 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

- Be sure to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hampden. (Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014 - Registration fee goes up to $45.00 after deadline.) -  Confirmed Speakers include: Michael Palmer, owner of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont and former Vermont Beekeepers Association president. Tony … [Read more...]

October 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

- Be sure to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hampden. (Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014 - Registration fee goes up to $45.00 after deadline.) -  Confirmed Speakers include: Michael Palmer, owner of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont and former Vermont Beekeepers Association president. Tony … [Read more...]

Sumner “Ken” Kennard Wiley Jr.

Ken Wiley was a longtime member of the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Association HARPSWELL - The Lord was joined by Sumner "Ken" Kennard Wiley Jr., 85 years young, on Sept 17th 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ida Moreshead Wiley, his Daughter Sylvia K.Wiley, his son in-law Chris Muth, Sister Barbara White and so many loving nieces and nephews. He was the most wonderful … [Read more...]

September 2015

  • Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hampden • Harvest fall honey crop and remove supers around September 10-20. • Extract ripe honey. • Partially filled supers should be fed back to the bees above the inner cover. • Reduce entrances, apply brood medications and apply mite treatments after the … [Read more...]