Master Beekeeper Phil Gaven to present to ABC on Wed, Feb. 13th

Androscoggin Beekeepers Club Offers Presentation by Master Beekeeper Phil Gaven

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club will have a presentation by Master Beekeeper Phil Gaven:

A giant step toward sustainable beekeeping can be made by multiplying your number of queens from survivor stock.  We will discuss methods for backyard queen rearing with the ultimate goal of spending less money buying bees.

The presentation will be at the Vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road in Auburn.  A brief business meeting and brain dump on our hives at 6:30 will be followed by Phil’s presentation at 7:00.  Coffee and desserts will be served, and the meeting is open to the public.

Phil Gaven with his wife Meghan and daughters Maura and Caitlin have owned the Honey Exchange in Portland since 2011.  Starting with a single hive of bees in 2008, over the several years their enthusiasm grew as they mentored new beekeepers, did presentations at local schools, took classes and kept reading about and studying honeybees.

The Honey Exchange expresses their admiration for all honeybees do for the planet.  It is a central place where beekeepers can extract their honey conveniently, and buy the equipment they need for their apiaries.  The store gives everyone an opportunity to learn about honeybees, safely see the workings of the bees in their observation hive, and support local beekeepers who sell their honey, beeswax products, and other products of the hive.

Jen Lund, Maine State Apiarist, will speak to ABC on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30


Jennifer Lund - Maine State Apiarist

Jennifer Lund – State of Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector

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Jen Lund, the Maine State Apiarist, will speak to the Androscoggin Beekeepers Club on Wednesday, Dec, 12 at the Vestry Building of the West Auburn Congregational Church (811 West Auburn Road, Auburn.)

The business meeting and general info swap of what is happening in our hives is at 6:30, and Jen will speak at 7:00.  She will speak either on the latest information on how to deal with varroa mites, or how to do a hive autopsy.  We all have varroa issues, and at least in my five years in the club, we have never heard how to do a hive autopsy, so either presentation should be intriguing.

Desserts and coffee will be provided.

Call Bill Hiss with any questions:  207-576-4497 or

Our January program will either be Phil Gavin from the Honey Exchange in Portland or our annual Beekeepers Pot Luck Supper, with all the dishes including honey.  Our Feb. meeting will be the other program of the two.



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 ( 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.

Sorry, but no Beekeeper Pot Luck Supper in the blizzard!

Hi folks–

We keep trying to have a meeting, but maybe the bee gods are angry, or need more good will from us.  But we are supposed to get 6″ to a foot of snow tomorrow, starting in mid-day and peaking right at the early evening hour when we had hoped to have our Beekeepers’ Pot Luck.  So with regret, we will cancel for Feb.  I will be out of the country for our March meeting, but will talk to Charlie and Pete to see if they are able to get our Pot Luck Supper or another program on for the second Wednesday of March.



Shoveling out the hives!

January 10, 2018 Meeting Cancelled


Thanks for your patience.  We have missed some meetings this fall, and my fault, due to family travel, other duties and some minor knee surgery.  We will not try to have a meeting this month on Jan. 10th.

We will have a meeting in Feb, but our normal second Wednesday, Feb. 14th, is also Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday.  So we will meet the previous Wednesday, Feb. 7th, at 6:30 PM in the vestry of the West Auburn Congregational Church, 811 West Auburn Road.  We will have our 3rd annual “Beekeepers’ Potluck Supper,” so bring a dish that includes honey in some way!

Bill Hiss

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 ( 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!