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Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM at the Dexter VFW Hall with "The Bee Whisperer" Peter Cowin.

World Honey Bee Day (August 17th)
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
World Bee Day (May 20,2019)
May 20 of each year is World Bee Day but it isn't just about honey bees. It’s also a celebration of all the world’s bees. About 20,000 species – made up of several trillion individuals. Click here to learn more.

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). 

2018-2019 Maine Beekeeping Survey
It's time once again to take a few moments to complete the annual Maine State Beekeeping Survey. Click here to begin.

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.