York County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are currently being held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Online Meeting information

Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month September through May at 7:00 pm. The link will be sent to the group on Tuesday evening  shortly before the meeting time.  Overflow viewing will be available via youtube live stream.  The link will be sent out at the start of the meeting.

Join using the camera and microphone on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. All should be muted unless you are speaking. Camera/Video from non-presenters isn’t necessary to be able to listen in and see the presentation.

Folks not presenting should stay muted and ask questions in the chat box that can be read to the presenter by the meeting organizer. Attendees can also click the “raise your hand“ button to be recognized to speak by the presenter or organizer during any Q and A session.

Open to club members and guests, each meeting features a program of interest to beekeepers.  Guest requests can be submitted to Mainehoneybeeman@gmail.com for online meeting access.


2021 Programs

Meeting Information

November 2:  Zoom Meeting – Erin Posthumus  USA National Phenology Network

As a beekeeper, you are familiar with closely watching the seasonal activity of your bees. The study of seasonal activities of plants and animals, and their relationship to climate and other abiotic variables, is called phenology. Phenology is a powerful tool for understanding climate change impacts, mismatches between plants and pollinators, and much more. In this presentation, the USA National Phenology Network’s Erin Posthumus will describe how you can get involved in recording the plant and animal seasonal activity you observe in Nature’s Notebook. The data that you report are used by researchers, resource managers, and the public to better understand seasonal change.

Erin Posthumus (she/her)

Outreach Coordinator & Liaison to the USFWS

USA National Phenology Network

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Land Acknowledgement


September 7:  Zoom Meeting – Karen Thurlow, Fall Management

August 3:  Zoom Meeting – Isaac Lisle, Pollinator Partnership –  Mite-A-Thon

July 6:  Zoom Meeting – Lincoln Sennett from Swans Honey

June 1:  Zoom Meeting – Erin Forbes, Primer on Overwintering Nuc make up.

May 4:  Zoom Meeting – Kim Flottum, The 10 Rules of Modern Beekeeping  is sort of a summation of more than 40 years of mistakes, learning curve situations and experiences with bees and beekeepers all over the world that Kim has picked up as Editor, beekeeper, traveler and writer. From good queens to bee yard safety to pest management to wintering well, he summarizes much of what beekeepers should be aware of to be successful in their ventures.

Kim worked as Editor for Bee Culture magazine for over 30 years. He’s written several beekeeping books during that time, ranging from the very new beginner’s Backyard Beekeeping, to In Business With Bees, on starting and running a beekeeping business. After retiring, he and a friend started a podcast company, and now have 3 programs running. Beekeepingtodaypodcast.com is with his friend Jeff Ott, and is just starting their fourth year, with over 150 programs on the web site. Kim and Jim Tew started one under this umbrella several months ago called www.BeekeepingObscura.com, where Kim and Jim join up once a week to talk about some beekeeping subject, problem or adventure they find interesting.   Kirsten Traynor, Manager of the Beekeeping Institute in Celle, Germany, works with them on a program called 2MillionBlossoms.com where she talks to a wide range of honey bee and pollinator experts.

April 6:  Zoom Meeting – Julia Mahood, Georgia Master Beekeeper and 2018 Georgia Beekeeper of the Year. Julia will be presenting on finding drone congregating areas. Here is a link to much more on her website  https://mapmydca.com

March 2:  Zoom Meeting –  Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector.  She will be discussing the ins and outs of the dreaded Hive Autopsy,  followed by some more uplifting topics of tips on spring management and a brief on how and where to license and register your hives. 

February 2:  Zoom Meeting – Round table discussion

February 2021 CCBA business meeting and Round Table discussion

January 5:  Webex Meeting – Geoff MacLean will be doing a book review of Mel Disselkoen’s OTS Queen Rearing-Self Sufficient Beekeeping Strategies of Novice and Expert Alike

January Meeting recording

2020 Programs:

December 1:  Webex Meeting –  Election of Club Officers  – Splitting Hives, Karen Thurlow

Karen’s Talk

November 3:  Webex Meeting – Winter Bees, Jane Dunstan, pre-recorded Webinar

October 6:  Webex Meeting – Jen Lund, Strategies for successful overwintering

Jen Lund speaking at October meeting CCBA Overwintering Strategies

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May 5:  Zoom Meeting – Pat Hurley,  Mite treatments in Maine Beekeeping.

Pat just finished up his senior thesis on mite treatments in Maine beekeeping that involves a research project with Lincoln Sennett, Maine beekeeping survey results, and some outreach to other bee clubs in Maine.  He is happy to share his research, as the whole goal was to be involved with the Maine beekeeping community.

Apr 7:  Zoom Meeting – Thalassa Raasch spoke about Rooftop Beekeeping

Apr 7: No physical meeting due to Pandemic.   

Mar 3: Erin Forbes

Feb 4: Neal Kober  of Betterbee and Humble Abodes. Comb Honey

Jan 7: Potluck, Election of Officers, Q & A

2019 Programs:

Dec 3: — cancelled due to the weather rescheduled to January 7, 2020

Nov 5: Chris Rogers will discuss getting the most out of your apiary with value added products.

Oct 1: Duane Choquette, Northern Beekeeping: Non-traditional Tips and Tactics for dealing with Winter.

Mr. Choquette is a biologist who works as an environmental consultant here in Scarborough. In this role he is responsible for a wide variety of biological field survey efforts ranging from wetland delineations and rare species surveys, to vegetation mapping and resource assessments. His duties include impact studies for natural resources, such as water quality of streams and rivers, sensitive habitats such as vernal pools and wetlands, wildlife habitat evaluation, rare plant and animal surveys, construction monitoring, and preparation of wetland/wildlife mitigation plans and permitting tasks on the local, State and Federal level.  Mr Choquette is also responsible for permit compliance for rare, threatened, and endangered species related impacts, invasive species control,  vegetation removal and overall compliance with permit conditions.  He has worked on projects throughout the Northeast and Northcentral United states, from Maine to Maryland.

Sept 3: Keith Kettelhut, Frames Frames & Frames.  Your questions answered about Frames.  Plastic, Foundationless, Wired, Pinned.  To include demonstrations and examples.

May 7: Mike McNally, who will tell us about the connections between honey bees and fungi.  His talk is titled  “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”  It is about honey bee and mushroom/fungi interactions and current research trends on these areas.

April 2: Carla Essenberg, a biology professor at Bates who studies bee behavior

March 5: No Speaker,  Social meet and greet.  All are welcome

Feb 5:  Erin MacGregor Forbes, Slovenian Hives

2018 Programs:

Dec 4: Potluck

Nov 6: Jonathan Mitschele,  Twin Four frame Nucleus hives and his Oxalic acid vaporizer

Oct 2: Al Borzelli,   How to be Successful at Beekeeping.  Mite and swarm control. Q&A to follow!

May 1: Richard McLaughlin, President of the MSBA: Using oxalic acid drenches to treat mites

April 3: Jennifer Lund, state apiarist: Hive autopsy

March 6: Karen Thurlow, Master Beekeeper: Making splits

2017 Programs:

May 2: Karen Thurlow, Master Beekeeper: splits and replacement queens

April 4: Sandra Mitchell: new veterinary and medication regulations

March 7: Jennifer Lund, state apiarist: bee pests and diseases

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