Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers host their mid-summer meeting with hive opening Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at the home of Zel Bowman-Laberge and Dan Keltonic in Thomaston.. The topic of this meeting is “Fall Management."

The speaker for the meeting will be Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector Jennifer Lund, who will talk about Fall Management, including Varroa treatments and preparing bees for winter. She will open hives and describe what she sees with recommendations and observations.

Lund has a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Maine and has almost 20 years of entomological experience. Before becoming the state apiarist, she was a research technician in the entomology department at the University of Maine in Orono.

Some of the honeybee projects she has worked on over the years include a national colony collapse disorder study, honeybee colony health comparisons of top bar and Langstroth hives, integrated Varroa mite control effectiveness, the role of honeybees as vectors of blueberry disease, sub-lethal effects on colonies to low level pesticide exposure, and health of migratory hives arriving in the state of Maine for blueberry pollination.

This meeting is free and open to the public and anyone interested in beekeeping. For more information, call Jean Vose at 563-7564 or visit us our website at www.klcbee.com for details and directions.