May 25, 2019

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pre-Order Bee Supplies – NO Shipping – 10% Discount

Would you like to get a few beekeeping supplies, but worry about shipping? Have No Fear! Brushy Mountain Bee Farm is taking Pre-Orders!               They will bring the supplies to the Annual Meeting for you to pick up               Did I mention that they are giving a 10% discount for the pre-orders? Place your orders by phone before October 11th!   Call them … [Read more...]

Did Your MSBA Membership Expire?

Did you remember that... The MSBA changed the membership year to expire on September 30th! This means that your membership MAY have expired!   The easiest way to check your membership status?     Look at the mailing label on your Bee Line   The expiration date of your membership should be printed there. You can renew your membership online in the MSBA … [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...]