Welcome to MSBA

We are a non-profit membership organization of beekeepers in Maine, dedicated to education using best practices and the promotion of beekeeping to the public. 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. 

Karen Thurlow queen grafting
Karen Thurlow

MSBA Webinar #7

Karen Thurlow presented "A Fall Beekeeping Smorgasbord" on September 15th. The webinar featured a range of timely topics including honey harvesting and extracting, robbing, fall feeding and more. A link to the recording is now available for members to view by clicking on READ MORE below. State Apiarist Jen Lund's August 12th webinar "Fall Varroa Mite Management" link is also there.

Image by Don Brubacher

Beekeepers Calendar: October

By mid-October it is usually too cold to continue feeding and Maine beekeepers are thinking about late season mite treatments, whether or not to wrap or use some type of insulation, what to do for moisture control, and how much food to leave on the hive. Our webinars and Bee Line newslewtters touch on all of these topics and more. They can be viewed under the website's Membership tab by logging into your account.

Bill Hesbach

MSBA Annual Meeting and Auction

Our next webinar is “Thermoregulation and Ventilaton" on Monday, November 1st at 7 pm. Bill Hesbach, who won the Distinguished Speaker Award at the 2019 EAS conference, will discuss how bees in a cluster generate heat in winter. This topic will cover moisture's role during winter and how insulation can help promote a more natural balance inside a wintering colony. MSBA members will recieve an email with the Zoom link.