April 18, 2014

Plant Buyer, Be Wary

Plant Buyer, Be Wary

by Amy Campbell, Master Gardener There is nothing more fun for me as a gardener than to poke around nurseries in the spring looking for plants! It was gardening that got me into beekeeping because I thought bees would be perfect companion animals in the flowery landscape. Several years later, it is my interest in bees and my learning about some of the problems associated not only with honeybees … [Read more...]

Promoting Pollinators to Our Local Communities

National Pollinator Week 2011

by Sam(antha) Burns, UME Master Gardener, Somerset Beekeepers President With National Pollinator Week just around the corner, this is a good time to take a moment to think about all of the creatures who are so crucially important to the diversity of life we experience on this Earth. Plants and pollinators have evolved together over the last 130 million years; today 80% of the flowering … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide by Cindy Bee and Bill Owens

Honey Bee Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide by Cindy Bee and Bill Owens

Review by Geoff MacLean Last year, I safely removed honey bee colonies  from five homes around Greater Portland,  but sure wish I’d had the opportunity  to read a great book on the subject first! Let’s take a look at what I believe is  the first comprehensive guide to honey  bee colony removals, written by Cindy  Bee and Bill Owens, masters at the  craft of honey bee colony removal:  Honey … [Read more...]

A Swiss Bee House: Inside and Out

Swiss beekeepers' hives are kept inside a trailer or house -sometimes simple, sometimes rather elaborate

Photos by Jim Blanchard from his 2009 trip to Cornol, Switzerland, where he happened upon Aheniry Amseutz… … [Read more...]

Swarm Catching: A Fun [Club] Opportunity?

Carefully trimming the swarm-occupied branch into a box

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...]

Catch Swarms Before They Find a Home in a Wall

A bee vacuum can be made or purchased; it is very effective, and surprisingly easy on the bees when used correctly

Photos from some of Geoff MacLean’s recent Honey Bee removal projects. A few examples of why it is good to catch swarms before they find a hole in the wall. … [Read more...]

The Snowbird Beekeeper: Reflections from Florida for 2011

Matt Scott, retired State of Maine Aquatic Biologist and re-founder of the Maine State Beekeepers Association

by Matt Scott Greetings from Florida! Following is what I have been observing or have seen the past few months: Spring has really sprung down here—the red maple bloom is all over and now the oaks are in full bloom, producing pollen like mad. By the time you read this it will be spring and I will be back in Maine by April 15th to check on my bees and all my winter losses, like others I have … [Read more...]

Ag Day at the Legislature

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The Maine State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) was well-received at this year’s March 22nd gathering with its first-ever banner displays, informative hand-outs and ever-popular honey sticks. Suzanne Brewer, Kevin Fabian and Erin MacGregor-Forbes were on hand to inform state legislators and staffers about our organization and the plight of our State Insect, the Honey Bee. … [Read more...]

David A. Penney, 1955 – 2011

David A. Penney, 1955 - 2011

Bangor Daily News David Allen Penney, 56, died peacefully March 13, 2011, with his family by his side at his home. He was born Jan. 21, 1955, in Hartland, a son of Richard and Carolyn (Dunphy) Penney. He graduated from Skowhegan High School, Class of 1974. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and working with his honeybees. David was a self-employed woodsman, and also worked at … [Read more...]

2011 Hive Census- York County Beekeepers Association

2011 Hive Census- York County Beekeepers Association

by Richard McLaughlin, YCBA President At our last club meeting in March, a writer  from a local newspaper approached me  with a few questions about our organization  for an upcoming article. One of which  was regarding how many hives are managed  by our members in York County. Since  the YCBA (York County Beekeepers Association ) didn’t have that number in its  membership database, I thought it … [Read more...]