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.ย 

Andrew Cote
Beekeeping School

PLEASE GO TO BEE SCHOOL
BEFORE YOU GET BEES

Acquiring some basic but essential skills is critical to becoming a successful beekeeper. โ€œBee Schoolโ€ 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.
โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ.โ€ โ€” Andrew Cotรฉ

winter-hives
Coastal hives

BEEKEEPER'S CALENDER

December:
Bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40ยบ 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 โ€œhoney weightโ€. If it is warm (above 40ยบ 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.

Maine state apiarist Jennifer Lund
Jennifer Lund

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.insta@gmail.com and we will review them and share them with our beekeepers!