August 17, 2017

Join the 2017 Mite-A-Thon

The first annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 and we invite you to participate! The Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window. All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling … [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...]

UMaine researchers unveil BeeMapper, a wild bee habitat assessment tool

BeeMapper is an interactive web tool that displays land cover and predicted wild bee abundance throughout the Maine wild blueberry production landscape. https://umaine.edu/beemapper … [Read more...]

If you see a swarm of bees, call a beekeeper.

Recently, Erin McGregor Forbes, CFO of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a Master Beekeeper, received an email about a swarm of honey bees that had been reported by a terrified East Boothbay resident. Erin was able to relocate the bees to a hive at the Gardens, bringing our current hive count to nine. Read on about saving the swarm! http://www.mainegardens.org/blog/saving-the-swarm/   … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting – Saturday, November 14, 2015

This year, Maine State Beekeepers Association will hold their annual meeting at Hampden Academy, in Hampden, Maine on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Hosted once again by Penobscot County Beekeepers Association, the meeting will feature keynote speaker Mike Palmer, owner of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont and former Vermont Beekeepers Association president. Palmer will discuss his … [Read more...]