Beekeepers club announces meeting, speaker


AUBURN — The Androscoggin Beekeepers Club will meet Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Edward Little High School. Club business will be conducted from 6:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the presentation, “Russian Stock: Improving your odds of winter success, the why and how.”

ABC has also announced its May 2016 speaker will be Phil Gavin, of The Honey Exchange in Portland.

Gavin is an Eastern Apicultural Society certified master beekeeper who keeps stocks of Russian honeybees. He is also a supplier of Russian bees and educates others in their management. A survey of local beekeepers who maintained approximately 100 hives indicated that about half of the hives succumbed last winter. Gavin’s talk will emphasize why Russian bees might help increase survival of hives over the harsh Maine winters.

Gavin’s ABC-sponsored presentation is open to the public.