November 2017 ABC Meeting Cancelled

No November ABC Meeting
Nov 8, 2017
Please note that there will be no meeting for the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club November 2017

Unfortunately the ABC meeting for this month (which would would have been held tonight) will be cancelled.
Due to the late nature of this notice, please alert your friends who were planning to attend tonight’s gathering.

There is a program in place for December and we hope to see you then.

October 2017 ABC Meeting

“Pie and Coffee Brain Dump”
6:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church
It seems like a mixed year for many of us, with some hives producing well and others with puzzles.  Rather than have a speaker on a topic, let’s have a brain dump, with members sharing from this season.
We will provide a variety of good pies from Wallingford’s Orchards, coffee and tea and various cold drinks.
We will have the projector and screen set up, so send slides of your hives to Bill (whiss@bates.edu) as email attachments, and he will have them loaded and ready to go, so you can speak to your hive’s issues, plus or minus.  Or bring the slides on a thumb drive, and we can load them at the meeting.
In lieu of a September meeting, we had a very helpful hive opening at the home of Glen and Susie Wendlend in Durham.  They have two first-year hives, using Russian queens. It was an eye-opener for most of us: the hives have been stunningly productive for a first-year effort.
Hoping to see you on Wednesday!

Hive Opening, September 10th, 1 PM

Hive Opening, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 PM

Gene and Susie Wendland, new members of the Androscoggin Beekeepers, will be hosting a hive opening at their new hives in place of a normal September evening meeting.   We will gather at their home: 824 Royalsborough Road, Durham  04222-5331.  Royalsborough Road is Route 136 from New Auburn down to Freeport.  Their house is about a mile past the country store, and they will have a sign up to show you to turn left off of 136 onto a dirt road right before their house, as their hives are about 30 yards down this dirt road.

Gene and Susie started their hives this spring with Russian Queens from Phil and Meghan Gavin at the Honey Exchange.  Many of you know Phil and Meghan, and will recall that he gave a presentation for the ABC on Russian Queens.  Gene’s and Susie’s bees have taken off like a rocket, and they are in almost perfect location, next to a water source and with ample fields around them.  For those of you interested in learning about Russian Queens, this will be a fine opportunity.

2017 North American Mite-A-Thon

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Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Mite-A-Thon is a week to test Honey Bee hives for levels of Varroa mites across all of North America.

This is the first annual coordinated event to gather data on Varroa mite infestations and to discuss management strategies. Commercial, sideliner, and hobbyist beekeepers will be enrolled to participate through their respective clubs and associations to create a broad distribution of sampling sites across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. A common measurement protocol will be used, and data will be uploaded to the Mite Check database.

OBJECTIVE: To raise awareness and gather data about the level of Varroa mites across the hives of North America and to teach consistent and effective methods to measure mite load. As a secondary goal, treatment strategies will be made available for discussion utilizing partner developed information and outreach materials.

DATE: The week of September 9, 2017, with a practice test during Pollinator Week (June) 2017

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are encouraged to participate

COST: Varroa Mite Testing Kits are available from the UMN Bee Squad, MannLake and Brushy Mountain. Participants can provide their own equivalent materials, and some grants may be available. In addition, participants can make their own testing kit based on directions from The University of Minnesota.

OUTREACH: Promotion of Mite-A-Thon will be through local bee clubs, state beekeeping organizations, and national associations (see appendix for examples)

DATA COLLECTION: Participants will test levels of mites present in their hives using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (alcohol wash or powdered sugar roll); and then upload their data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive and any subsequent action taken after monitoring. These data will be collected by Bee Informed Partnership and analyzed for publication and dissemination to the participating beekeepers and organizations. The published information will not identify individual participants.

SPONSORS: Sponsorships are being solicited to underwrite costs and grants, as necessary.

CONTACT: info@pollinator.org. 415-362-1137

TO DO: Determine your preferred method of testing for mites and commit to a day for testing, either individually or through beekeeping organizations, and report your data (see above).

 

 

 

Open Hive Day – June 10

Open Hive Day – June 10th

Diane Blais, Androscoggin Beekeepers Club member, will be opening her hives for us on June 10th at 10:00 a.m.  Come, watch and learn!

Bring your veil, gloves, and your curiosity.

Diane is located at: 353 Randall Rd., Lewiston, ME  Her phone is 207-576-7998 if you have questions.

May 2017 ABC Meeting

 

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, May 10th, Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation. The meeting will be held at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210. All are welcome.  For more information about the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club, please visit our website at http://androscogginbeekeepers.org.

David Spicer, VP of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, President of the Knox/Lincoln Beekeepers and co-owner of Spicer Bees will be visiting us. 

David and his wife Susan are an educational resource for beekeepers across Maine but especially to those in the mid-coast area.  Come with questions and a desire to learn more about how we can best manage our local hives.  
 http://spicerbees.com/
[207 549-480spicertree@aol.com ]

Stay tuned!   This is the last official meeting of the season.  Open Hive events will be planned and posted.

April 2017 Androscoggin Beekeepers Club Meeting

Androscoggin Beekeepers Club

April 2017 Meeting Announcement 

The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, April 12th, Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation. The meeting will be held at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210. All are welcome.  For more information about the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club, please visit our website at http://androscogginbeekeepers.org.

Elissa Ballman will be speaking on Pesticide Exposure to Honey Bees in Maine
Volunteer bee keepers across the state collected pollen for a pesticide analysis in a
University of Maine study. Twenty seven volunteers from every county in Maine were represented in this study. The pollen was screened for 192 different pesticides by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Twenty five pesticides were detected with an average of 2.9 detections per site. Findings were further analyzed by landscape type including blueberry agriculture, other agriculture, and non-agriculture, as well as by pesticide type.    
Elissa Ballman grew up in Texas and obtained her Bachelor of Science from St. Edward’s University in Austin where she studied ground nesting wasps and invasive ants. She received her Master of Science in Entomology from the University of California-Riverside where she studied vibrational communication in sharpshooters. Since 2012 she has worked for the University of Maine as a research associate primarily studying invasive species and insects associated with blueberry. She spends her free time gardening and playing roller derby.Upcoming Meetings:

  • May 10th:  David Spicer, President, Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers.  Master bee-keeper and co-owner of Spicer Bees, a firm founded when Rick Cooper retired, to offer his same services to the mid-coast and central Maine.  Topic TBA, but David was the organizer of the MSBA conferences for the last two years. http://spicerbees.com/  [207 549-5480spicertree@aol.com ]

Sonya Sampson ABC Vice President

worker@androscogginbeekeeper.org

 

March 2017 Meeting Announcement

The next Androscoggin Beekeepers meeting will be held:  March 8th, at the vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME  04210. Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a discussion with visiting outdoor educator Grace Kenney.  Grace will offer her presentation on “The Birds and the Bees“.

Grace Kenney, originally from North Haven, Connecticut, first arrived in Lewiston-Auburn as a student at Bates College. There, she pursued a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology, greatly enjoying her schoolwork and appreciating all the chances it gave her to play—or learn, ahem…— in the great outdoors. Sad to leave Maine after graduating, she kept her work boots on as she tromped back to southern Connecticut and began working full time for a small-scale (albeit the state’s largest!) commercial beekeeper. What began as an internship the summer before her senior year offered the unique opportunity to dive head-on into the world of honeybees—lots of honeybees. With roughly four hundred hives to tend to amidst ever-changing seasons, it seems as though there is always more to learn in the life of a beekeeper.

While no one should assume her days of beekeeping are past, Grace has also begun a new endeavor as an environmental educator for the Connecticut Audubon Society. Teaching outdoor, hands-on programs to school groups, scout troops, and other visitors to the center in Glastonbury, she is excited to play a more active role in fostering an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world right at people’s fingertips, right by their homes. This is a super-cool way of saying that Grace has found her dream job where she combines nature, science, storytelling, and compassion, and gets to keep her boots on, too.

In her presentation humorously named “The Birds and the Bees,” she will take that famous saying a little more literally than usual. Discussing her transition from college life to working for a commercial beekeeping business and then the Connecticut Audubon Society all in just one year, Grace reflects on her experiences and the core values she has brought from one phase of life to another.

** Our meetings are the second Wednesday of each month from September to May, with hive openings during the warm months. We meet at 6:30 for a brief business meeting and informal sharing on what is happening in our hives, and then have a program at 7, which usually lasts an hour, including questions. We meet at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210. For more information about the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club, please visit our website at http:// androscogginbeekeepers.org.

 

Tips from State of Maine Entomologists on Eliminating Browntail Caterpillars.

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Eliminate Browntail Caterpillars Now!

Helpful tips from State of Maine Entomologists

AUGUSTA- Entomologists from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry say now is the time to eradicate browntail caterpillars in trees that are accessible. Browntail caterpillars cause a rash like poison ivy and they are spreading across more and more of Maine. Contact with caterpillar hairs can cause severe reactions for some individuals.

The caterpillars spend the winter webbed in silken-wrapped leaves on the tips of branches of oak and apple trees. NOW is the time to look for the bright white silk tying a few leaves to the TIPS of your apple, crab apple, plum and oak tree branches. If you see a web CLIP IT OUT and destroy the web by dropping it in a bucket of soapy water, do not just leave it on the ground.

These caterpillar webs can be found regularly from the New Hampshire border to Waldoboro, and  inland to Turner and Waterville. They are worst along the coast from Falmouth to Bristol. The moths have been seen all the way to Kingfield, Millinocket and Topsfield on the New Brunswick border.

A video showing how to clip the webs and a list of arborists who could prune webs can be found at:

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/browntail_moth_info.htm

For More Information: Contact the Maine Forest Service (207) 287-2431 or your local University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office.

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       Next Androscoggin Beekeepers meeting:  March 8th,  with visiting outdoor educator Grace Kenney.  Grace will offer her presentation on “The Birds and the Bees“.  Our meetings are the second Wednesday of each month from September to May, with hive openings during the warm months. We meet at 6:30 for a brief business meeting and informal sharing on what is happening in our hives, and then have a program at 7, which usually lasts an hour, including questions. We meet at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210.  Hope to see you there!

      February 2017 Meeting

      An Evening with the State Apiarist

      The next meeting of the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club (ABC) will be held Wednesday, February 8th, Club business will be conducted from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM followed by the presentation.

      We will be visiting with, Maine’s new Apiarist, Jennifer Lund.  Ms. Lund will speak to the group on how Maine’s Apiary program helps prevent the introduction and spread of regulated honey bee diseases, parasites, and undesirable genetic material in resident and migratory honey bee colonies.  The meeting will be held at the vestry building of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Rd, Auburn, ME 04210. All are welcome.

      Jennifer Lund has a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Maine and has almost 20 years of entomological experience.  Before becoming the State Apiarist, Jennifer was a research technician in the entomology department at the University of Maine in Orono.

      Some of the honeybee projects she has worked on over the years include a national colony collapse disorder study, honeybee colony health comparisons of top bar and Langstrom hives, integrated Varroa mite control effectiveness, the role of honeybees as vectors of blueberry disease, sub-lethal effects on colonies to low level pesticide exposure, and health of migratory hives arriving in the State of Maine for blueberry pollination.  Jennifer is passionate about honeybee health and helping beekeepers succeed.  Aside from managing the honeybee inspection program and helping Maine beekeepers protect their hives, Jennifer also has several of her own hives that she maintains on her farm in Arglye Township, Maine.
      Upcoming Events:

      • March 8th:  Grace Kenney, Bates ’16, CT Audubon Society.  Topic:  “The Birds and the Bees”. 
      • April 9th:  David Spicer, President, Knox-Lincoln Beekeepers.  Master bee-keeper and co-owner of Spicer Bees, a firm founded when Rick Cooper retired, to offer his same services to the mid-coast and central Maine.  Topic TBA, but David was the organizer of the MSBA conferences for the last two years. http://spicerbees.com/  [207 549-5480, spicertree@aol.com ]

      For more information about the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club, please visit our website at http://androscogginbeekeepers.org.