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.

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.

Sorry!

Bill

Shoveling out the hives!

January 10, 2018 Meeting Cancelled

Friends–

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

whiss@bates.edu

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

 

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.

BTMWinterWeb

       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!

      Pics from the June 20, 2015 Open Hive at the Hiss Apiary

      Thanks to Mary Jane Dillingham for these great pictures from the ABC June 2015 hive opening at club president Bill Hiss’ apiary.  The day way beautiful and turn out for the opening was great.019

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      Notice the eggs in this frame below.

       

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      Bringing in nectar on new comb.

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      A good queen laying pattern.

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      Look at the honey!

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      The bees were covering up the drone comb with honey comb.

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      These queen cells were chewed open. It looks like the hive probably swarmed  or was superceded. A lot of drone comb too!.

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      Beautiful spring honey.

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      These girls are filling every space that they can.

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      June Nucleus Colonies

      At the May Meeting, several club members asked about possible sources for more bees this Spring/Summer.  We were contacted by someone at Stone Corner Farm in New Sharon, Maine about hives and nucs for sale.  None of the regular club members have experience with bees from Stone Corner Farm, but we wanted to pass this along for interested members.  Here’s the message we received:

      Nuc’s for sale for mid June pick up.  $140 with a $35 box deposit which you get back when you return the nuc box.

      Hives for sale – top, bottom board and 1 deep and the bees and queen. $225.

      Also used equipment including: deeps with frames,  supers, bottom boards, candy boards, shims, tops, inner covers.

      All of our hives have been inspected by Tony Jadzack.

       

      email: stonecornerfarm@gmail.com or call (207) 491-1731 for more information.