April 19, 2018

Beekeeper’s Calendar: April

APRIL Brood production is ramping up this month. A few good pollen and nectar sources will start blooming, but poor weather may hinder the ability of foragers to access it.  Continue monitoring food reserves and feed light syrup (1:1) inside the hive if necessary.  Scrape bottom boards and quickly check the brood pattern on a mild day (calm, sunny, and above 50F).  If weather permits, sample … [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...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: February

Bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40°F they will move to new areas of the hive and take cleansing flights. Late in the month, some queens may start to lay eggs. As a result, food will be consumed faster. Check wintering colonies for honey reserves by hefting the hive to feel the “honey weight”.  On warm sunny days (above 40F without wind) you can … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting is Just 12 Days Away!

Early Bird Pricing is $25 up to THIS SATURDAY October 7th! It will be held again this year in Rockland at Ocean Side High School. Our speakers this are:                                       Dr. Jim Tew                                       Dr. Anita Collins                                       Lincoln Sennett                                       Jennifer Lund, State Apiarist Come … [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...]

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...]