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“Art of Beekeeping” to be discussed



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NORTHEAST HARBOR — Peter Cowin will give a talk entitled “Maine’s Honeybees: The Importance of Pollinators and the Art of Beekeeping” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, June 18, at 6 p.m.

Colony collapse disorder, parasites, pesticides and lack of nectar-bearing flowers have all contributed to real problems for Maine’s state insect, the honeybee, and other pollinators.

Hampden resident Peter Cowin aims to reverse the fortunes of local honeybees. Peter keeps a number of honeybee hives around Hampden. He rents out hives, teaches beekeeping and relocates wild hives. Each year, he is called upon to catch swarms and remove and relocate honeybee colonies from homes and out buildings. He is President of the Penobscot County Beekeepers Association and is known as “the Bee Whisperer.”

Seed packets, bees wax products and honey will be sold as a fund raiser for the Mount Desert Elementary School Garden/Greenhouse Project.

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