York County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month September through May

Physical Meetings

In person meetings are held in Gorham at 200 Narragansett Street, in the upstairs meeting room at Moody’s Collision. 

Online Meetings

A zoom link will be sent to members 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.


MAY 7 —- EARLY START —- 6:30  In person only – no ZOOM

May 7 Meeting will be at Mabel I Wilson School in Cumberland.   In the multipurpose room we used to meet at.  353 Tuttle Rd, Cumberland Center, ME 04021 

May 7:  Carolyn Nichols (Sagadahoc Beekeepers) –  Hands on Beekeeping “CSI” presentation

Apr 2: Jenn Lund – Hybrid meeting –  The Buzz 101: Common Beekeeping Questions and Answers

Beekeepers ask lots of great questions.  During this talk, Jen will discuss some of the most common honey bee management questions she gets asked as the Maine State Apiarist.

Mar 5:  Geoff MacLean –  Sustainable beekeeping
Feb 6:  Erin Evans – Long standing EAS Master beekeeper and owner of Overland Honey.  The 1,2,3 &ABC’s of swarm management
Jan 2:   Lisa Massie – Xerces Ambassador –  speaker via Zoom
In person at Moodys for a group viewing, or via zoom link which will be sent out that day to CCBA members
Lisa Massie has been a Xerces Ambassador since 2022, and has been gardening for over 20 years. Although only a small townhouse backyard, her garden supports many pollinators. She has documented 20 butterfly and moth species, almost 20 bee species (including six different bumblebee species!), a dozen wasp species and many more beneficial pollinators. Her garden is a Monarch Waystation, Certified Wildlife Habitat, and Bee-Friendly Garden to name a few.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. As a science-based organization, we both conduct our own research and rely upon the most up-to-date information to guide our conservation work. Our key program areas are: pollinator conservation, endangered species conservation, and reducing pesticide use and impacts. The current Xerces presentation is “Bring Back the Pollinators”, which covers native bee life history, threats, and conservation.

2023 Programs

April 7th,  Seasonal Management for Successful Overwintering – Jen Lund in person, and via zoom

March 9th,  Organic Honey Bee Colony Management –  Dr. Robyn Underwood MSBA Webinar.   In person at Moodys for a group viewing, or via zoom link which will be sent out that day to CCBA members

March 7th, 7pm  –  Business meeting. via zoom

February 7th, 7pm  –  David T. Peck, Ph.D. via zoom

Your Bees in Winter and Getting Ready for Spring

Meeting recording

What are your honey bees up to in February, and what should you be doing to help your bees this time of year?  And how should you prepare for spring beekeeping, whether you’re a new beekeeper who is just getting ready to purchase bees, or an experienced beekeeper who is excited to see what your bees will do in the coming year?  We’ll explore all this and more in a presentation about winter beekeeping tasks.  

David T. Peck, Ph.D.

Dr. Peck is the Director of Research and Education at Betterbee in Greenwich, NY, where he assists in product development and research, and also teaches classes and develops scientifically-sound educational materials. His doctoral work in Cornell University’s Department of Neurobiology and Behavior was supervised by Professor Tom Seeley. His dissertation research focused on the transmission of mites between bee colonies, as well as the mite-resistance traits of the untreated honey bees living in Cornell’s Arnot Forest.

After earning his degree, he has continued to research varroa/bee interactions, including fieldwork in Newfoundland, Canada (where varroa still have not arrived) and Anosy Madagascar (where varroa arrived only in 2010 or 2011). He has served as a teaching postdoctoral fellow in Cornell’s Department of Entomology, and is still affiliated with Cornell through the Honey Bee Health program in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Peck has kept bees for more than a decade, though his home apiary is often full of mite-riddled research colonies so he doesn’t usually produce much honey. 

2022 Programs

June 7:  (ZOOM Only)  Joe Wolanski from Panther Pond produced more honey than expected over his first season. With the extra honey Joe has learned how to make Mead and would like to share his experience with you. In this 1-hour presentation, Joe will walk you through a step-by-step live demonstration on how to make your own semi-dry Mead. 

May 3:  Karen  Snyder  (BSIE, MSIE, MBA, AOLCP, and Portland Pesticide Management Advisory), and CCBA club member.

Zoom virtual presentation, and in person meeting at Moody’s in Gorham
The status of pesticide regulations on federal, state, and local level.  Also shown how to find pertinent pesticide information such as toxicity to biodiversity, organic substitute, etc. 

April 5th:  Mike McNally   Maine Master Beekeeper from the Sagadahoc Club will speak on his own techniques of spring management . 

March 1st :  Master Beekeeper Karen Thurlow

Tips on Spring and Summer Management

March Business Meeting link March Business meeting

March Speaker;  Karen Thurlow – Karen Thurlow @ CCBA March 2022

February 1st:    Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiary Inspector  

The Three Focuses of Successful Beekeeping.  This talk will focus on the three things every beekeeper needs to focus on (or worry about) in order to be a successful beekeeper.

If weather permits , Jen will be open to coming down to the meeting spot but as a backup will be ok with a ZOOM meeting as well.

2021 Programs

December 7: Hybrid meeting, in person and via Zoom. Topic this month is a simple Q&A and reflection conversation with Master Beekeepers. 

 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
Outreach Coordinator & Liaison to the USFWS
USA National Phenology Network
University of Arizona

October 5:  Zoom Meeting with Randy Oliver of Scientific Beekeeping   “Understanding how European honey bees manage to survive cold winters, and how beekeepers can help them to do so.”

September 7:  Zoom Meeting – Karen Thurlow on Fall Management

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

July 6:  Zoom Meeting – Lincoln Sennett from Swan’s Honey

June 1:  Zoom Meeting – Erin Forbes, Primer on Making Overwintering Nucs

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 recording

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  and Karen Thurlow on Splitting Hives
Karen’s Talk recording

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

October 6:  Webex Meeting – Jen Lund on Strategies for successful overwintering
Jen Lund speaking at October meeting CCBA Overwintering Strategies recording,
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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 disease

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