The Latest Buzz: New Updates!


Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Topic: MSBA webinar on “Tips and Tricks for Honey Extraction”

National Honey Bee Day
National Honey Bee Day is observed on August 15, 2020. National Honey Bee Day (formerly National Honey Bee Awareness Day) is an awareness day started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion (National Honey Bee Day 2020 - Aug 15, 2020 – Copyright © 2020 Cute Calendar).

As we head into August and begin to think in terms of preparing our bees for their winter stores, now might be a good time to think about feeding. Here's a posting that might give beekeepers some guidance.

Annual Maine Beekeeper Survey
The annual Maine beekeeper survey of losses and management practices is now live and ready for your input!  Gathering this type of data is important for seeing trends, recognizing when and how losses occur, and determining where to focus education/outreach activities in the future.  A summary report of the survey will be presented at the Maine State Beekeepers annual meeting in October and available online.  To participate in the survey please click here.

 Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Webinar
Check out this webinar series given by State Apiarists Jenn Lund (Maine) and Kym Skyrm (Massachusetts) on Integrated Pest Management for Varroa. Here is the link.

New Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Website
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Website now has a website that provides COVID-19 information and resources to agriculture and food businesses. The site was launched and is designed specifically to help keep Maine agricultural producers, businesses and service providers as up-to-date as possible on health and safety issues with the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Click here for more information.

Penquis Beekeepers Hold a Winter Open Hive by Sheila Heneise
The Penquis Beekeepers held a Winter Open Hive at their March 10 meeting in Dexter. Brad Deane, one of the club’s directors, offered to bring in a hive he had recently lost for a group autopsy. Click here for more details!

World Honey Bee Day (August 16th)
Want to learn a bit more about World Honey Bee Day which is celebrate on the third Saturday of August? Check out some of the links below.

Peter Fonda and Bees
Actor Peter Fonda passed away on August 17th. Many know him for his role in "Easy Rider" but did you know he received his only Academy Award Nomination for his role as a beekeeper in "Ulee's Gold" (he lost to Jack Nicholson)? Take a look a the following post by Ron Miksha, read a review of the movie by The New York Times or watch the original movie trailer. (Note: the movie is rated R)

Photo Gallery is now active!!
"Our Photo Gallery" is now active. The first few albums are of an older open hive where bee were discovered in a downed tree. More recently, images from our April 2019 meeting and the June open hive can be viewed
Complete Guide to Honey Bee Races
Not sure what breed of Honeybee to have in your apiary? Take a look at this complete guide. One race not included in the above guide is the Saskatrez. Check out the Saskatraz Project(Thanks to Paul G for sharing this link). 

Not everyone has an interest in Facebook but if you do have an account and want to connect with a few Maine Resources check out the list located on the Resource page!

Maine Bee Forage Information
Here are items on bee habitat, including that of honey bees, that could help you keep your hives strong! 

A Curated Collection of Beehive Cams
Have you ever wanted to look inside a beehive without disrupting their routine activity? Well, take a peek at these live beehive webcams!!!
Understanding Varroa Mites

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You've probably heard about the threat to your bees from Varroa mites. Take a look at this video from Michigan State University to learn how you could reduce the risk. 
Note: If you found this video helpful, check out the next video in this series ("Making  a Plan for Varroa") or the first video ("Why Did My Bees Die").
Interested in Joining Penquis Beekeeping Club? 
 You can download a membership application by clicking here

Have added a new feature to the Penquis Beekeepers website: Podcasts. Interested in learning a bit about beekeeping from folks around the world? Why not listen to some of the beekeeping podcast below? Check out some of the podcast by clicking to the BeeCast page. Here's an example...

TED Talks: Why Bees are Disappearing?
Check out these two excellent videos from Samuel Ramsey, a doctoral candidate in entomology. The first one is his dissertation on Varroa destructor, a parasitic mite that feeds on honey bees. The second one is called "Doctor Buggs -What's Killing the Bees? 

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Or maybe check out Treatment-free’Beekeepers Give Varroa Mite Free ReinThe Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal and the interesting series honoring Charles Mason Simon all located on the "For your Information" page. Additionally, with honey harvesting just around the corner, a number of helpful extraction videos had been added to the "Harvesting Your Honey" page on the "Beekeeping Videos" page. Check back to the Penquis Beekeepers site for future postings and feel free to contact us with interesting articles and videos

"Bee" History
Want to learn a bit more of the history of beekeeping and the men and woman who have played an influential role in its development? Take a look at some of the links on the Bee History page.