York County Beekeepers Association

2021 Acton Fair

YCBA’s participation at the Action Fair has included a display of vintage beekeeping equipment, an observation hive with ‘I found the Queen’ stickers, and informal walk-ups to ‘Ask a Beekeeper’. Recently there is growing interest in showing local honey and products from the hive and in 2021 YCBA members submitted a range of ‘light’, ‘medium’, and ‘dark’ honeys along with a variety of beeswax products for judging. Cash awards and ribbons were won by Joe Barberi, Lynne Gobeil, Beth Goodwin,

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YCBA Swag! T-shirts and hats coming soon

YCBA Swag! York County Beekeeper T-shirts and hat sales will return in 2022. Like the 2020 sale, this will probably be pre-order and pre-pay. Please stay tuned for updates including information on how to place an order.

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July 17, 2021 Open Hive

Open Hive Session July 17. Place:  Home of Lynne Gobeil, 11 Cook Lane, Kennebunk (lgobeil@twc.com) Guest :  Jennifer Lund Maine State Apiarist will lead the session Click here for photo slide show

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Karen Thurlow, Master Beekeeper

Karen Thurlow, Master Beekeeper, formerly of New Moon Apiaries in Yarmouth, Maine, now living in New Brunswick, Canada spoke on Spring Management. Karen believes you cannot “beekeep” by the calendar but need to know the phenology (nature’s calendar) where your bees are kept. Pollen is essential for brood rearing and if natural pollen isn’t available, say it rains for a week, then pollen substitute in the hive would help keep the bees and brood alive. Keeping track, every year, of

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Pollinator Protection Plan

Erin McGregor-Forbes, EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, Co-owner of Overland Apiaries and Director of Finance and Administration at Maine Audubon Society, spoke at the February 8, 2021 meeting on bee health, sustainability and the Sentinel Apiary Program through Bee Informed Partnership. Maine has a Pollinator Protection Plan which was put in place in 2017.  Maine is ideal for beekeeping with diverse ecosystems, forage, good land and environmental management and clean water, but parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, pesticides, climate change and genetic

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Processing Beeswax

Carol Cottrill, Master Beekeeper and newly retired Secretary of EAS, spoke at the December 14, 2020 meeting on preparing and making products from beeswax. Prior to this meeting Carol supplied a PDF of her product recipes with a list of suppliers of oils and packaging. These recipes look easy to do. I hope you all will give it a try. Some properties of beeswax are 1) it is insoluble in water and having a density of 0.95, floats; 2) it

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Beekeepers Calendar

december Snow is falling and the bees are tucked in snug for the winter. Beekeepers can finally relax curled up next to a warm wood stove, enjoying a big mug of tea with honey and catching up with new bee books (or old classics) and their favorite bee periodicals. Organizations across the country are sponsoring webinars on various aspects of beekeeping this winter, so it’s a great time to learn something new.

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MSBA Webinar #6

Hanging out on a sunny day Winter Bees, Heater Bees and Winter Survival Join Jane Dunstan on October 27th at 7:00 pm for another MSBA webinar about an intriguing subject that not only examines what makes winter bees different from their spring and summer sisters, but why they are considered the life line to a healthy spring colony. Learn how you can work cooperatively with a species that​ has made all the necessary adaptations to overwinter successfully.  A link to

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MSBA Annual Meeting

Jon Zawislak, University of Arkansas Saturday, October 17th, 8:30 am-noon The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held on Zoom this year and is free of charge to members. Join us for a morning of presentations from nationally recognized speakers Jon Zawislak, Dr. Meghan Milbrath, and 2020 American Honey Queen. Jennifer Lund will present the “State of the State” address and MSBA business meeting and elections will be held. There will also be a raffle; everyone who registers for the meeting

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