What do honeybees do in the winter? Do they fly south? Do they knit mittens? Do they hibernate? What do beekeepers have to do to winterize their hives?

Answers to these questions and more will be covered in this class Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Jean Vose from Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers is the featured speaker. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and will end 8:30 p.m.

This class is for beekeepers who maintain live hives. This is not a class for people who are thinking about keeping honeybees, but rather for those with some experience. Whether this is the first or 50th year keeping bees, this class will bring participants up to date on the latest techniques and recommendations to overwintering honeybees.

Some of the topics covered include mite/virus control, wrapping hives, medications, and other winter management tips. There will be emphasis on the 4 Four Letter Words of Winter. There will be a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, hands-on demonstrations followed by a question and answer time with Jean and Dick Vose.

The Voses of Nobleboro started beekeeping in 1986. They relocated to Maine in 1998 from Massachusetts. When finding no local bee school or beekeeping association in their area, they started a school in 2001. From this school, the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers began in 2003. They are active members of KLCB teaching and mentoring beekeepers and exhibiting at local fairs. They are also involved in local conservation/preservation efforts. In 2012, the Knox-Lincoln County Soil & Water Conservation District presented them with its Excellence in Education award.

To register, visit the RSU 40 Adult Education website at msad40.maineadulted.org/courses/course/overwintering_honey_bees_in_maine1 where there are directions on how to register.