November 23, 2017

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...]

2016-2017 Winter Apiary Survey

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ME DACF) is running a Beekeeping survey for the 2016-2017 winter. All Maine beekeepers are invited to participate in the survey which is available on the ME DACF website where you can also find information about apiary licensing, educational events, and other resources. … [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...]

MSBA Annual Meeting October 15, 2016

The MSBA Annual Meeting is right around the corner.  Join us for a full day of education and networking with your fellow Maine beekeepers on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from  8:00 am – 5:00 pm. This year's meeting is being hosted by the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers and will be held at Oceanside High School 400 Broadway Rockland, Maine Don't miss your opportunity to hear amazing speakers Dr. … [Read more...]

The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFDGPgXtK-U How can honeybees communicate the locations of new food sources? Austrian biologist, Karl Von Frisch, devised an experiment to find out! By pairing the direction of the sun with the flow of gravity, honeybees are able to explain the distant locations of food by dancing. "The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee" details the design of Von Frisch's famous … [Read more...]

Video for People who have Questions about Plants and Neonicotinoids

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Honey Bee Package Installation

A video of a package of honey bees being installed in southern Maine by Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes and beekeeper Geoff MacLean in April 2010 Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Demonstrates installing a package of honeybees … [Read more...]

Preparing for Swarm Season

Making Your Own Bait Hives Now that you’re finished with your winter of building and repairing supers, brood boxes and frames, think about the possibility of building bait hives in preparation for the May/ June swarm season. A bait hive is a swarm-catching box. I have captured some nice swarms in boxes set in trees, and it seems easier than answering a swarm call, which may come at an … [Read more...]

Home Made Queen Marking Tube

Though this guy seems to have more shop tools than many have at their disposal, it is a nifty idea.   Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]

Marking Queens by Hand with Michael Palmer

Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]