August 15, 2018

Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting 2018

The Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13th at SKY-HY Conference Center in Topsham, ME from 9 am – 5 pm (registration begins at 8:00 am). This year's event is hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Join us for a day of learning, conversation, honey tasting contest, dozens of raffle items, beekeeping supply vendors and and … [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...]

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...]

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...]