November 2015 Meeting Location Change!!

Dr. Alison C. Dibble studying bees on butterfly milkweed (ACDibble photo).

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, November 11th at the vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road, Auburn, ME 04210.

Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation “What Do Bees Want?“.

 
Our November speaker will be Assistant Professor of Biology and Ecology Dr. Alison Dibble of the University of Maine, Orono.   Alison C. Dibble is a conservation biologist who researches native bee diversity and ways in which pollinator habitats can be improved to meet their forage needs. She works with Dr. Frank Drummond on several USDA grants, and they teach a one-week native bee course at Eagle Hill, Steuben. Her background includes a M.S. in Botany and a Ph.D. in Plant Science, both at the University of Maine, Orono. Through her consulting firm, Stewards LLC, she is a certified Technical Service Provider with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and she contracts with farmers across Maine to develop pollinator habitat improvement plans. She also paints, publishes literary suspense fiction (as A. D. Morel), and writes songs about bees and other natural history subjects. She lives with her family in Brooklin, Maine.

Alison will present highlights from a 4-year Maine study of bee behavior on flowers. In field tests of more than 70 plant species, butterfly milkweed, willow, and some asters were visited at a much higher rate than other plants. Honey bees differed from bumble bees and sweat bees in their visitation patterns. These results will help farmers, beekeepers and home gardeners support pollinators more effectively.

Dr. Dibble’s ABC sponsored presentation is open to the public.

October 2015 Meeting Announcement

 

Dr. Scott Dobrin Assistant Professor of Biology University of Maine, Presque Isle

Dr. Scott Dobrin
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Maine, Presque Isle

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, October 14th at Edward Little High School in Auburn.  Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation “A-maze-ing Bees: Solving mazes, learning faces, and saving the honey bee”.

Our October speaker will be Dr. Scott Dobrin who is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Maine, Presque Isle.   When asked to describe his upcoming presentation, Scott replied:

Humans have long recognized the potential of honey bees as pollinators and in their capacity to produce useful resources, such as honey and wax. There is also a rich tradition of honey bees as a model organism to study learning, memory, and specialized areas of cognition (navigation and group decision making). In this presentation, I will discuss various examples of learning and communication in the honey bee. Do your bees know you? Can they solve a maze? How do they not collide in that dark hive? I’ll review the evidence and discuss how knowledge of these answers can contribute to saving the honey bee.

Dr. Dobrin’s ABC sponsored presentation is open to the public.

Also, as we noted in last month’s meeting announcement email and in the 6:30pm to 7:00pm time for club business, now is the time to become Club President, Vice President or Treasurer.  Please let current club president Bill Hiss (whiss@bates.edu) know by email or at our next meeting of your interest.  Please DON’T reply to this email, but DO email Bill directly.

We hope you can come out for this interesting presentation.