A honeybee checks out a flower. Submitted photo

Beehives. Submitted photo

Beekeepers examine a hive. Submitted photo

REGION — University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering separate online Zoom beekeeping classes for beginner and experienced beekeepers starting Jan. 14 and Feb. 25.

The five-session beginning class, for beekeepers with less than one year’s experience, meets from 6–7:30 p.m. Jan 14 –Feb. 11. With a focus on the basics of honeybee biology and beekeeping, the class can also act as a refresher for beekeepers going into their first winter. The fee is $100 per person, with required book; $70 if required book is purchased elsewhere. Register on the Beginner Beekeeping webpage, which is https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/beginner-beekeeping-webinar-series-2021-online-2/.

The four-session intermediate class, for beekeepers with a minimum of two years’ experience, meets 6–7:30 p.m. Feb. 25–March 18. Focused on effectively managing a hobby apiary in Maine, topics include maximizing colony health, honey production and swarm prevention. The fee is $150 per person, with required books; $80 if required books are purchased elsewhere. Register on the Intermediate Beekeeping: Apiary Management webpage at https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/intermediate-beekeeping-apiary-management-webinar-series-2021-online/.

All classes are taught by Eastern Apiculture Society Certified Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207.781.6099; [email protected] More information also is available on the program website. https://extension.umaine.edu/cumberland/agriculture/beekeeping/

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