November 2018 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held  Wednesday, November 14th 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 “The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas: A Multi-Year Citizen Science Project to Survey Bumble Bee Species in Maine” by speaker Kalyn Bickerman-Martens.
Kalyn (kalyn.bickerman@umit.maine.edu) is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine and her work focuses on the health of Maine’s bumble bees and wild blueberry pollination. Her research interests include disease ecology and the natural history of Maine. Kalyn helps to coordinate the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas, a citizen science project led by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to document the diversity, distribution, and abundance of bumble bee species in Maine.

Andro Beekeepers Club to Hear Bates Senior’s Research

Sam Whittaker, a Bates senior biology major, will offer the findings from his thesis research to the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club on Wednesday evening, October 10th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be at the Vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road. The meeting is open to the public, and is especially appropriate for any considering bee-keeping and wanting to meet a group of area beekeepers.

Sam’s research over this past summer has studied bee populations in suburban and urban community and private gardens in the southern Maine area. The intent of the research is to look at the land use around all of the sites, e.g. green space, roads, impermeable surfaces, and see if they influence the genera of bee populations you would find there. The research includes 20 different sites in a numerous cities such as Auburn, Lewiston and Portland, and in rural sites such as Minot. The research is supervised by Dr. Carla Essenberg, Assistant Professor of Biology, whose research is in pollination ecology and plant animal interactions.

Sam Whitaker is an biology major in the Bates Class of 2019. When he isn’t in the field researching, he enjoys singing in his acapella group and playing frisbee with his friends.

Club meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of each month from September to May, with hive openings for training at member’s locations in the summer.