The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, February 14 in Room 118 of Edward Little High School in Auburn. Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a public presentation by Dr. Frank Drummond of the University of Maine (Orono) titled “CCD and ME: How Colony Collapse Disorder affects Maine Honey Bees” from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Dr. Frank Drummond is a professor of insect ecology and insect pest management at UMaine (Orono). Frank also serves as director of the Pollinator Security Project (PSP) for Fruit and Vegetable Crops in the Northeast. The USDA funded PSP involves more than 20 researchers with the goal of uncovering ways to protect crop pollinators and to ensure profitability of fruit and vegetable production in the Northeast.
Frank’s expertise on honey bee health and his entertaining speaking style have resulted in requests for presentations throughout the United States. Closer to home, Frank speaks regularly with blueberry growers, honey bee keepers, and Maine state and non-profit agencies. If you have questions about CCD or honey bee health in Maine, please join us for Dr. Drummond’s ABC sponsored public presentation.
For those looking to take a bee class this winter/spring, Phil Gaven of the Honey Exchange in Portland (and an upcoming speaker for our club) made us aware of several classes with room down at the honey exchange. For more information, you can investigate at:
I hope everyone has finished digging out from the most recent snow storm and has made room for what is coming in the days and weeks ahead. We hope to see everyone next Wednesday for Frank’s presentation. He’s coming from a ways away and it would be great to have a big turn out. Tell your interested friends!