Beekeepers to fly into Rockland for State Beekeepers Association meeting Oct. 15
ROCKLAND — Beekeepers from around the state will converge on Oceanside High School in Rockland on Saturday, Oct. 15, when the Maine State Beekeepers Association holds its Annual Meeting and Conference. Hosted this year by the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers, the day-long conference includes speakers Dr. Tom Seeley, biologist, professor and author of Honeybee Democracy (2010) and Following the Wild Bees (2016); Lincoln Sennett, of Swan's Honey; Bates College assistant professor Dr. Carla Essenberg; and former Maine State Apiarist and bee inspector Tony Jadczak.
The annual conference is expected to draw as many as 250 beekeepers and is open to all members of the MSBA and a non-member guest. Not a member? Join MSBA at the door for $15-individual/$22-family. The cost to attend the conference is $25 if you purchase tickets in advance (before Oct. 8) at mainebeekeepers.org and $35 at the door (and after Oct. 8). Lunch, drinks, and two raffle tickets are included in the price.
MSBA membership includes a window decal and the bi-monthly newsletter, The Bee Line, published in February, April, June, August, October and December.
Checks should be made payable to MSBA and mailed to: MSBA Annual Meeting, c/o Matthew Mank, 163 Sprague Road, Washington, ME 04574
In addition to the speakers and the buffet lunch, the conference includes a raffle fundraiser offering chances to win a variety of beekeeping and honey extracting equipment, tools and supplies, along with other donated goods and services. There will also be a honey tasting contest, so members are encouraged to bring a half-pint of honey to enter the contest.
The MSBA Annual Business Meeting is from 11:35 a.m. to noon, and includes Beekeeper of the Year awards and election results for officers. For more information, visit klcbee.com or mainebeekeepers.org.
About the speakers:
An avid beekeeper since his teens, when he shook a swarm into a box and brought it home, Dr. Tom Seeley is a professor at Cornell University, where he teaches courses on animal behavior. He also researches the behavior, social life and ecology of honeybees, all of which went into his two books on the subject.
Seeley has been honored by an Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has said that the "awards are gratifying, but for me the most important prizes by far are the discoveries that I have made about the inner workings of honeybee colonies." Seeley's also has a species of bee named after him: Neocorynurella seeleyi. He now spends as much time as possible at his camp in Pembroke.
Seeley will speak twice, first on "The Craft of Bee Hunting" and later on "Bee Colony as a Honey Factory."
Lincoln Sennett owns and operates Swan's Honey with his wife, Linda. Swan's is Maine's largest beekeeping operation and producer of honey products made from their bees and packaged in-house. They sell supplies from their store in Albion, hold beginner and advanced beekeeping courses, and provide pollination bees as well as sell five frame nucs.
Sennett will be talking about his experience with a new integrated method for managing varroa mites.
An assistant professor of biology at Bates College, Dr. Carla Essenberg completed a Bachelor of Art in music and philosophy at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, received her doctorate in evolution, ecology and organismal biology from the University of California-Riverside, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.
Her research explores ways in which pollinator foraging behavior influences plant ecology and evolution, and includes ecological field studies, theoretical modeling and behavioral experiments with bumblebees. She has taught topics ranging from zoology to environmental biology and enjoys discussing science and bees with people of all ages and walks of life.
Essenberg will talk about the cooperation and conflict that exists between plants and their pollinators.
Tony Jadczak is a familiar face to Maine beekeepers, especially those involved in area clubs and the MSBA. During his tenure as state apiarist and bee inspector, from 1983 to this year, nearly 1.55 million migratory colonies entered the state for pollination. In addition to inspecting and monitoring commercial beehives, he has responded to local calls from beekeepers around the state, presented lectures and workshops to blueberry growers, pesticide control inspectors and chapter clubs, taught bee schools and wrote for The Bee Line.
Jadczak has been keeping bees since he was 14. He said he now looks forward to spending more time with his own bees, and continuing his research projects. He will give an update on beekeeping in Maine.
For more information, visit klcbee.com or mainebeekeepers.org/annual-meeting.