Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers [KLCB] host their mid-summer meeting with hive opening on Saturday, July 15. The topic of this meeting is "Fall Management". The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Zel Bowman-Laberge & Dan Keltonic in Thomaston.
KLCB is pleased to welcome Maine's State Apiarist and Bee Inspector, Jennifer Lund. Lund will speak about Fall Management including Varroa treatments and preparing your bees for winter. She will open hives and describing what she sees with recommendations and observations.
Ms. 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, she 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 Langstroth 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. Lund is passionate about honeybee health and helping beekeepers succeed. Aside from managing the honeybee inspection program and helping Maine beekeepers protect their hives, she has several of her own hives that she maintains on her farm in Arglye Township, Maine.
During the warm months of the year when the bees are active and the weather is pleasant, KLCB holds several hive openings. We meet to visit a member's bee yard. We open and inspect hives. Findings are discussed by the group. It is a very educational and entertaining experience.
After the hive is closed up, participants sit down for lunch and talk bees. Bring a veil (bee or insect), your picnic lunch, a dish to share if desired, friends and family, lawn chair, and questions. It's a relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon and a great way to get your bee questions answered.
This meeting is free and open to the public and anyone interested in beekeeping. For more information, call Jean Vose at 563-7564 or visit us our website at www.klcbee.com for details and directions.