December 10, 2018

EAS Conference Coming to Maine

The Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) has officially named Maine as the host of its annual conference in August 2020. To be held at the University of Maine in Orono, the five-day event will feature lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized speakers, workshops, vendor displays and beekeeping courses for all experience levels. Temporary apiaries will be set up on site, where open hive … [Read more...]

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). Please note: Online registration is now closed. You can still register at the door on the day of the event. This year's event is hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Join us for a day of … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Guidance: How to Deal with Bears and Bees

from information provided by Judy Camuso, Wildlife Biologist, MDIFW Bears are often hungry in the spring (there is less food available and the females are feeding their young), and spring is when we typically get the most “nuisance” bear complaints. Our primary recommendation to people is pretty basic: remove the food source, so… take down bird feeders, feed pets indoors, keep all trash … [Read more...]

Swarm Catching: A Fun [Club] Opportunity?

We're now just a month away from the kickoff of our honey bee swarm season in Maine. With a little preparation, and the right attitude, we can have fun rescuing some of Mother Nature's most healthy, robust colonies. Without our help, they are probably in for a short lifespan as a feral colony in a small tree, your neighbor's attic, or even worse, stuck out in the open come late … [Read more...]