September 23rd, 2017 – Saturday Morning Bee Breakfast Join us for breakfast and bee talk on the fourth Saturday of every month, 8:00 am in the private meeting room of the Fairgrounds Cafe in the Topsham Fair Mall (next to Jo-Ann Fabric). It’s a great opportunity to share your experiences, find out what’s going on with other beekeepers’ hives, get advice about your own colonies, or learn more about beekeeping if you haven’t started out yet.
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 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).
August 26th, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
July 22nd – Saturday morning bee breakfast
June 10th, 2017 – Open Hive get-together in Brunswick with Rick Cooper.
May 27th, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
May 10th, 2017 – guest speaker Mark Cooper of Cooper Charolais Farm & Apiary, talking about swarm prevention and managing colonies for honey production.
April 22nd, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
April 12th, 2017 – guest speaker new Maine State Apiarist, Jennifer Lund.
March 25th, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
March 8th, 2017 Guest speaker Dave Spicer, VP of Maine State Beekeepers Association and current president of the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers. He also runs Spicer Bees in Whitefield.
February 8th, 2017 – SCBA Winter Dinner
Informal dinner in the private dining room at Fairgrounds Cafe in the Topsham Fair Mall. Guest speaker Rick Cooper.
February 4th, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
January 7, 2017 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
December 14th, 2016
Annual holiday potluck get-together, with spouses, friends, significant others and kids. Blind honey tasting, and a new event, which we’ve dubbed the “Bee Flea,” where used equipment (no woodenware or frames) will be available for sale.
December 3rd, 2016 – Saturday morning bee breakfast
November 9th, 2016
Guest speaker Chris Rogers of Backwoods Bee Farm in Windham, talking about all the varroa mite treatments, and when and how to apply them.
October 12th, 2016
Club member Ted Wolfe giving presentations on honey extraction equipment and solar wax melters. In addition, Mike McNally talking about preparing hives for winter.
September 14th, 2016
First fall meeting with an open forum to give everyone a chance to share their successes, surprises, disappointments, challenges and anything else that came up over the summer. We’ll also discuss the new club extractor.
June 18th, 2016
Open hive at George Hardin’s home, 370 Augusta Rd in Topsham. Rick Cooper, Master Bee Keeper and local expert, will be conducting the event.
May 11, 2016
Karen Thurlow of New Moon Apiaries, on nectar and pollen-producing plants for honey bees; swarming, and splits for swarm prevention.
April 13, 2016
Phil Gaven, EAS master beekeeper and owner of The Honey Exchange in Portland, speaking about making splits and nucs.
March 9, 2016
Nadia Sanchez and Leslie Jacobs will present “Body Mechanics for Beekeepers.” They will talk about and demonstrate ways to protect muscles and backs by using proper lifting and bending methods while tending hives. Both are certified physical therapists at Mid Coast Therapy Center in Brunswick.
December 9, 2015
Holiday Potluck Supper and honey tasting contest; purely social…see you next year!
November 11, 2015
Rick Cooper talks about winter prep and answers members’ questions.
October 14, 2015
Karen Thurlow from New Moon Apiary in Yarmouth. Karen will speak about her queen rearing operation, as well as mite treatments, winter prep and feeding.
September 9, 2015
Roundtable meeting (in lieu of a guest speaker). Members will have a chance to relate their beekeeping experiences over the summer
June 27, 2015
Open Hive with Rick Cooper, at Two Coves Farm in Harpswell.
June 10, 2015
“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” our own Mike McNally will talk about new research on how mushrooms can help honey bees battle disease and parasites.
May 13, 2015
“SARE Project Update” with Erin Forbes, Master Beekeeper and past board president of Maine State Beekeepers Association (Cindy Bee stood in for Erin)
April 8, 2015
Tony Jadzak, Maine State Apiarist, discussing topics concerning SPRING MANAGEMENT for your colonies: what you should be looking for, with the existing conditions for your area.
March 11, 2015
Jack Hildreth, President Maine State Beekeepers Association. Jack will be discussing nucs (nucleus colonies ) and how to set them up. Timing; what type of frames are needed; why do we need them, and why we should have them in our apiary. Business meeting prior to presentation. Each year we take an informal overwintering tally. Come and be counted!
October 8, 2014
Chris Rogers from Backwoods Bee Farm of Windham Maine: “Preparing your bees for winter” What to look for to make sure your bees are healthy; medications; methods of feeding; overwintering with nucs.
May 14, 2014
Karen Thurlow: Queen introduction; finding the old queen; attendant removal; delayed release methods; using a Snelgrove double screen board, and more.