Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Association welcomes residents of Sagadahoc and adjacent counties who are currently keeping bees, or just thinking about it. We offer a mentoring program that matches experienced beekeepers with novices geographically. Our meetings are held at the Topsham Grange Hall, 47 Pleasant St off US Rt 201 in Topsham, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month September to December, and March to May. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the business meeting starts at 5:30 pm, followed by a guest speaker or roundtable. Refreshments are served. An “open hive” meeting is held in June, and we also get together on the fourth Saturday of each month for a “Bee Breakfast” to talk about– you guessed it–honey bees.
August 26th, 2017 – 8:00 am Bee breakfast at Fairgrounds Cafe in Topsham, private dining room. Individual checks.
September 13th, 2017 – Monthly meeting: in lieu of a guest speaker, we will have a roundtable discussion in which members will have a chance to relate their spring and summer beekeeping experiences. Details on Meetings and Events page.
September 9th to September 16th, 2017 – “Mite-A-Thon”
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 sites. Their varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.
The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor (varroa), and the viruses it vectors is a significant driver of this honey bee colony mortality. Yet, indicators suggest that many beekeepers are not monitoring honey bee colony varroa infestations and therefore not able to connect infestation to colony loss.
OBJECTIVE: To raise awareness and gather data about the level of Varroa mites across the hives of North America and to teach consistent and effective methods to measure mite load. As a secondary goal, treatment strategies will be made available for discussion utilizing partner developed information and outreach materials.
PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are encouraged to participate
COST: There is no cost. You can create your own test materials or kits can be purchased online from the UMN Bee Squad, MannLake and Brushy Mountain. In addition, participants can make their own testing kit based on directions from The University of Minnesota.
DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.
CONTACT: Miteathon@pollinator.org. 415-362-1137
TO DO: Determine your preferred method of testing for mites and commit to a day for testing, either individually or through beekeeping organizations, and report your data (see above).