Welcome to MSBA
MSBA is a non-profit membership organization of beekeepers in Maine, dedicated to education, using best practices and honey bee health. Affiliated with local chapters throughout the state, MSBA also works with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote the honey bee, products of the hive and initiatives to support beekeepers.
PLEASE GO TO BEE SCHOOL
BEFORE YOU GET BEES
Acquiring some basic but essential skills is critical to becoming a successful beekeeper. “Bee School” will get you off to a great start.
In-person courses run for varying lengths from January through April, all over the state. There are also a number of online classes available in 2024.
“𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘴. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺.” — Andrew Coté
Bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40º they will move to new areas of the hive and take cleansing flights. Gauge food levels in wintering colonies by lifting one corner of the hive and feeling the “honey weight”. If it is warm (above 40º without wind) you can quickly peek through the hole in the inner cover to see where the bees are in the hive and assess their food reserves. After every snow storm, clear entrances to allow for proper ventilation. Then sit back, enjoy a big mug of tea with honey, and start reading your favorite bee books and magazines.
NEW IG ACCOUNT
Maine State Beekeepers has a new Instagram account. Please follow us at @mainestatebeekeeperssassoc, or click the link below. If you would like to send us pictures to share on our account, you can email them to MSBA.email@example.com and we will review them and share them with our beekeepers!