Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, September 22, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Jon Zawislak, EAS Master Beekeeper and Apiculture Instructor from the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas.

He will be giving a presentation on "Common Beekeeping Mistakes" (but you'll only know how to avoid them if you attend the meeting).

Our meeting will be at the Sisters of St Joseph Conference Center, 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood NY. There will be a presentation on Winter Management at 1:00. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.


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From the Editor's Desk: September 2019

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I guess this editor will have to write a letter to Dear A-Bee to find out how come my bees spent the whole spring and summer flying back and forth and all I harvested is maybe fifteen pounds of honey. Of four honey supers there was one empty, one partly full and two combined with brood above the queen excluder. The honey was great but can’t extract it and lose all that brood. What a puzzle. I was so disappointed because this was my first harvest from my Bee Bee tree and I’m anxious to see if the flavor is going to be significantly different. Perhaps I should wrap a copy of The Hive and the Honey Bee into each hive over the winter and let the girls chew over that!
Apparently the media coverage for the bee school has brought some new beekeepers. We have new members to welcome: Catherine Crofts, William Rogel, Erin Fagerland, Rosaura Moralesa, and Joseph Bertoni.
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

Revised Judging Rules for Annual Contests

The judging rules for the Long Island Beekeepers Annual Honey, Wax, and Mead Contest, and the Honey Cookery, Crafts, Arts and Gadget Contest have been updated. Please read them and be prepared for next month's meeting.

The revised contest rules can be found here.

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, August 25, 2:00

Our September Meeting has something for everyone!

1:00 Open Inspection of Hives with Donal Peterson. Veils Required.
2:00 Meeting starts
2:30 Varroa and how to treat and Preparing for Winter with Grace Mehl
3:00 How to prepare for Honey Judging Contest with Moira Alexander

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

“The bee's life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water”
― Karl Von Frisch, “Bees: Their Vision, Chemical Senses and Language”

Ah, it’s mid-August! This is one of the busiest (and most rewarding) month for beekeepers – as well as for our busy bees. For most beekeepers, except a few of us, honey supers are off the hives and this is the perfect time for checking mite levels and apply treatments if necessary. If you are lucky, your bees are still busily bringing home nectar. Wise beekeeper that you are, you will be reserving this late season’s golden honey bounty for your colony’s own winter use.

Overwintering and mite treatments are critical for the well-being of our bees. That is why Grace will be sharing best practices and tips on the topic of “Varroa Treatment and Preparing for winter” in her monthly What's Happening in the Hive This Month talk. Weather permitting, and it sure looks that way, Don will be opening the hives at the apiary behind the Barn, too. Please bring your veil. These two educational presentations, one indoor and one outdoor, will both start at 1 PM. You want to be there. Of course, any help setting up the room earlier are appreciated. Thanks!

Lastly, I’m happy to report that we’ve “applied what we preached” at the apiary atop the famed Javits Center. Our team have expertly managed the five roof-top hives there. We have recently collected honey and applied mite treatments. Because of the care and attention that we have given them, I believe these hives will overwinter very well. As a reminder, if you wish to visit these NYC hives, please contact Rick, Grace, or myself. The Center welcomes our members there, especially accompanied by our club’s managing team leaders. It’s a really good learning opportunity watching, and perhaps working alongside, some of the most experienced beekeepers in our club and on multiple hives. Please take advantage of it.

Bee well, and enjoy the beautiful summer days with your bees.

Steve Chen
President, LIBC

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What a wonderful picnic we had. Many thanks to Moira, Grace and all the helpers that moved tables and chairs and organized the fun day for many, many beekeepers and their families. The food was excellent, lots of different salads and I got to scrape up the last of the rhubarb pie that Grace made, delicious!
Thanks to John Most for helping me check my hives and apply my varroa treatment. I have lots of brood and capped honey in the brood chamber, honey in the supers but not much of that was capped yet. John came back today and I have some capped honey in the first hive and we added the second treatment. Then to our great surprise hive two had brood and some capped honey in the honey supers above the queen excluder and brood and capped honey in the brood chambers! So I either have two queens or one skinny queen or a laying worker or who knows what. We removed the excluder and will see what happens next. Will keep you posted.
Please welcome new members this month: Fergus Sloan and Norma Pardo.
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

UPDATE: Beekeeping Classes

Information on beekeeping classes can be found under Education here on our website.

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees...”
― Leo Tolstoy

We beekeepers are lucky to have the pleasure of working closely with and caring for these wonderful creatures. During these hot days of summer, I hope that your bees are staying healthy, enjoying the warmth, and otherwise doing what they do best: busily buzzing everywhere. As we admire them work, we have work of our own too: including hive inspections and mite monitoring, as their pantry grows and the colony continues to grow as well.

Although swarms are less of an issue in the summer, they will still occur if we’re not careful. Therefore, you’ll need to be on the lookout for them, as well as robbing as the summer dearth approaches. Of course, this is also the perfect time to start harvesting honey.

Please be reminded that July’s meeting will be our annual picnic, and you don’t want to miss it! We have so much fun every year. So come join us for a day of talking bees and socializing.

Lastly, if you're interested in visiting Jacob Javits Convention Center’s rooftop apiary with our team of experienced beekeepers - or volunteering at our outreach events at farms, schools, fairs, etc. - please contact our outreach director, Rick.

Bee well, stay cool, and see you soon.
Steve Chen
President, LIBC

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From the Editor's Desk: July 2019

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I really miss our dear Frank Kiss today! About four years ago Frank gave me a two foot sapling of the Evodia daniellii (Korean Evodia) also known as the Bee Bee Tree. I planted it in my front yard and tended it carefully and patiently watch it grow. It is now about 7-8 feet tall and this morning it BLOOMED! The girls discovered it and despite the heat they were checking out this new source of pollen and nectar. This tree is a wonderful one because it is blooming during a nectar and pollen dearth. I can’t wait to taste this year’s honey and see if I can detect a difference in the flavor. Thanks again Frank Kiss!
I added another honey super last week, not as much honey capped as I had hoped but I needed to add the box when I had a helper. My friend gave me a hand, her father kept bees and this was her first time helping me. She did well, the bees were very calm so I hope she can be another person I can count on to help me with the lifting when needed.
An excellent meeting again last month, 73 members signed in, did you remember to sign the attendance list, we are keeping record of the number of attendees!
Please welcome new members this month: Paul Wunderlich, Mark Sauer, Gerard Knox, Catherine Muller, John Ree, and Barbara Strinweis.

Don't forget to wear your Club Tee Shirts for the Annual Club Photo!!!

DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

Pollinator Day at Hoyt Farm, Saturday, July 13th

Moira and Grace will be presenting as part of the Pollinator Day presentation at Hoyt Farm on Saturday, July 13th.
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Outreach Opportunities

Summer is here and that means summer Outreach Opportunities are upon us.
It is a great chance to show off your honeybee knowledge to the general public... plus your family/friends will be happy you talk to someone else for a day. ;)


July

We have an opportunity to set up a table or two at REI in Carle Place

Available dates are July 10, 17, 19 & 31
Anytime 10am-9pm (the heaviest store traffic is between 6pm-8pm)

You can set up indoors or outdoors and can even show off some of your bees by bringing an observation hive.

Country Glen Center Address:
144 Glen Cove Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514

https://www.rei.com/stores/carle-place.html


August 3rd
1pm-6pm
 
Long Island's first mead festival, in Lindenhurst, presented by WA Meadwerks & LI Beer and Malt Enthusiasts
132 N Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, NY 11757

https://www.facebook.com/WAMeadwerks/ 
http://beermalt.org/ 

August 24th & 25th

39th Hallockville Country Fair

An outdoor event that attracts over 4000 visitors. It's a great way to get the word out about our bees and to promote LIBC.

6038 Sound Avenue • Riverhead, New York 11901

https://hallockville.com/
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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, July 28, 2:00

Club Picnic




Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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LIBC Observer Request Information

New York City’s Javits Center has a 6.75 acre green roof that is home to 27 bird species, five bat species, and thousands of honeybees. The honeybee hives are maintained by designated members of the Long Island Beekeepers Club (LIBC).
For those interested in observing on-site hive manipulation and maintenance activity please note the following,
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Must be a current member of LIBC
  • There is a maximum of 2 guest observers (the member, plus 1 other individual)
  • Sign up is required (see additional guidance below) and is on a first-come, first serve basis
  • Observers are responsible for getting to and from the Javits Center on their own
  • Absolutely NO outside bee equipment may be brought to the rooftop
  • Beekeeping suits are available on-site

TO SIGN UP: Send a request email to Outreach@LongIslandBeekeepers.org and Rick Cannone will assist with coordinating a date and time for the observation. Please note that maintenance may be done on either a weekday or weekend depending on the availability of the responsible LIBC designees.
Once the observation date and time is set, observers (and as applicable their guest), MUST ARRIVE ON TIME. Once the caretaking LIBC team member goes up to the roof, they are UNABLE to come down to sign observers and guests in.
Those who are not on time will not be permitted to experience the observation.
Picture-taking of the observation experience is acceptable, however
ALL POSTINGS TO SOCIAL MEDIA MUST BE AUTHORIZED AND APPROVED IN WRITING by the appropriate Javits Center personnel. Rick Cannone can assist in obtaining this approval.

From the Editor's Desk: June 2019

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Bees are buzzing. Did a full hive inspection last weekend thanks to help from John Most. My new nuc built a lot of burr comb, bringing in tons of pollen, a fairly nice pattern of brood, nectar and some capped honey.
The over wintered hive must have thrown a swarm and took off for Girl Scout Camp Edey right behind my apiary. Or maybe to one of our own members who lives on the other side of the camp. I called Don to replace the queen but when he came to put her in they had finally done the job themselves and he found larvae the workers bringing lots of pollen. Thanks for checking it out Don, hopefully they will behave now. My son and family are coming for a visit next week and they are all anxious to get another lesson in beekeeping so we can check things out and put another super on.
Last months meeting was a little smaller since it was a holiday weekend, only 72 members attended. We welcome new member Judy Callaway and thanks to those who renewed their membership.
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, June 23, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Kirsten Traynor - National Honey Bee Disease Survey & Pesticide Results



Kirsten received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007, annually awarded to ten American leaders in their field. She drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting her findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.

Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp. From 2015-2017 she edited Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. She edited American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers. She's currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany.

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, May 26, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Rich Blohm, Master Beekeeper on Hiving a Swarm



Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few. “

- Emily Dickinson

Although the weather could be a bit warmer and a lot dryer, the bees are flying and that’s a wonderful sight to see. They are building up in strength in numbers, too, soon we’ll need to add honey supers! Strong hives is a good thing, and necessary for a good honey harvest. But finding a dozen or so queen cells, as I did yesterday, in one of the hives could be disastrous. You know what seeing queen cells everywhere means: The swarming season is upon us!

For us here on the Island, the swarm season starts about now through June. We beekeepers may not like to lose bees to swarming, but that is nature’s way of honey bee reproduction. Managing swarming tendencies of our hives is, therefore, an important aspect of spring time beekeeping – and the focus of our meeting this month.

We have a special meeting program for May. I’m pleased that past club president, and Master Beekeeper, Rich Blohm will be talking to us about “swarming and beekeeper induced artificial swarms.” Rich’s presentation will include both an indoor lecture as well as an outdoor demonstration on creating an artificial swarm – with real bees. You don’t want to miss this hands-on and information-packed presentation.

The other special thing we will be doing at the May meeting is to pay attention to you and discuss your questions, one-on-one. There are so many beekeeping questions by our members this time of the year that it makes sense for us to focus on you this month. We will pair our dozen or so Meeting Mentors with members in small groups to answer and talk about questions that anyone have. It has been several weeks since the package bees and Nucs were installed into hives, so bring all your questions and observations.

Our Education Director Grace’s "What's happening in the hive this month", by the way, will also touch up swarming (and more, of course). The topic will be: "Methods of Supering , Taking Honey and Extracting and Hiving a Swarm". Her presentation will start at 1 PM as usual, but if you can arrive around 12:30 PM and help us set up the room, that will be greatly appreciated.

Finally, as a reminder, our next month’s speaker will be Dr. Kirsten Traynor, and the club’s popular annual July BBQ will be just around the corner. Please mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss them.

Bee well and see you all soon.
Steve Chen
President, LIBC

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From the Editor's Desk: May 2019

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Did everyone get their new bees? Mine came,( thanks Donal,) and they went right into their new home very nicely with some help from Lorraine (thanks Lorraine) and seemed very happy with their new home. They have been flying around on the few days that the sun has been shining! What crazy rainy weather we have been having. I supered my hive that overwintered, they were not happy to be disturbed, so I did a very quick open and close since I was really not supposed to be lifting the box but needed to get it on. Hoping to get the new hive supered Sunday and with luck go through the hive and make sure Royal Highness the Queen is doing her job. They also discovered the hummingbird feeder. At least somebody is using it.
Another great meeting last month: 109 members signed in! And ELEVEN new members joined the club. Let us welcome Judith Treible, Kevin McAllister, Kevin Creamer, Adam Mick, Cassandra Trimaraco, Linda Baldwin & Adolfo Carrion, Steven Mockler, Peter Bielecky, Julie Doetsch, and Jaclyn Waxon.

DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, April 28, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Christopher Logue, NY Department of Agriculture - What is Happening in New York?



Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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From the Editor's Desk: April 2019

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Another fantastic meeting with 108 members in attendance. Fortunately some had extra chairs in their cars and brought them in so everyone had a place to sit. It might be a good idea to continue to do this if we keep up with everyone coming to the Beekeeping 101 and then staying for the regular meeting.
We are all waiting for our bees, the bad weather in the south and Midwest delayed the deliveries but hopefully they will have been delivered by the meeting. Make sure you have a supply of syrup ready to feed those new bees and check to see if the queen gets out of her cage.
We welcome more new members: Amanda Nadeau, Eric Hwang, Joseph Giordano, Joseph Affrunti, Vicki & Rich Pardo, Theresa Dilworth, Stacey Ries, Randal Wolfer, Jim Sheehy, Eileen Sheehy, Carlo Annese, and Timothy Scott.
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

“The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee...gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.”
- Leonardo da Vinci

Thinking of da Vinci’s words and picturing the bees in our gardens, I can’t wait for the weather to stay warm enough for our bees to gather nectar and transform it into honey!!

Although the temperature hit 70 degrees just recently, it has dropped down to the 40’s in the past few days. We beekeepers know that this is a critical time for our overwintering bees – a time when our queens are beginning to lay eggs in earnest, anticipating the steady spring weather to come in a few weeks. The workers will then be sent out to forage flowers and trees in full force. Many of us are eagerly awaiting our flying bees to make their sustained appearance, while others are equally anxiously awaiting the arrivals of their package bees or nucs. In short, this is the season of anticipation before the frantic activities of spring! It is the perfect time, too, to ready yourselves by getting your equipment in order and beefing up your beekeeping knowledge.

To help you with beekeeping knowledge, at our upcoming club meeting, the “What's Happening This Month” presentation featuring Education Director Grace will be: How To Do An Inspection and What's Blooming. The talk will start at 1PM at our club meeting on March 24. If weather permits, VP Donald will be opening the hives at the Barn at 1 PM too; bring your veil. As always, bring your questions for Grace, Don, and our Meeting Mentors.

We are especially excited to welcome Dr. Juliana Rangel, Professor of Apiculture at Texas A&M University to be our speaker this month. Dr. Rangel will be speaking about “Factors That Affect the Reproductive Quality of Honey Bee Queens and Drones”. An exciting topic as we anticipate colonies rearing new queens in the spring for swarm preparation, and we performing hive splits with these new queens.

Lastly, I’m pleased to announce a new and unique educational opportunity for our membership – in the city! Thanks to Rick, our Outreach Director, who helped us secured an outreach project to manage several bee colonies atop the famed Javits Center. We also appreciate the team of experienced members (including Rick, Carl, Bill, Andrew, Moira, Roy, Joan, Marianne, Don, and Grace) who volunteered to share the workload of maintaining those colonies as well as serve as instructors during our club members’ visits. I anticipate Rick will have a sign-up sheet available later in the spring for those interested in experiencing rooftop beekeeping in the city while overlooking the Hudson River.

See you at the club meeting on Sunday, March 24!

Steve Chen
President, LIBC
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From the Editor's Desk: March 2019

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Last months meeting was another amazing spectacle! With about 100 members attending and carefully removing their shoes  and walking on the paper so well laid on the newly sanded floor thanks to Moira and Grace we had two great presentations, one by Grace and the other byTim McMahon. We had good Q&A and the refreshments break gave lots of people a chance to mingle and get acquainted with some of the new beekeepers. Don't forget to look for the "Mentor" badges if you have questions, they can help you find the answers.
My bees have been flying on these fifty degree days, but looking at some pictures in my phone I realized that one year ago next week we had a foot of that "White Stuff”. So check and see if you need to feed your bees!
We had another great number of new beekeepers sign up this month. Please welcome: David Ulrich, Chad Gallant, Phillip Linbrunner,Christina Avallone, Elizabeth Oberhausen, Arlene Rawls, Roger Kamm, Karen & Stephen Giordano, Isabel Fernandez, Lorrie Koelbet, Kristin Fox, K, John Rowan, Joe & Tina Kovolisky, Amy Hirsch, Rosie Lee, Cathy Hassell, Milos Vucovich, and Lily Schwartz
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, March 24, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Juliana Rangel - Factors That Affect the Reproductive Quality of Honeybee Queens and Drones



Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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From the Editor's Desk: February 2019

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I was greatly relieved today. Yesterday when I came home from work I went out to the apiary and saw John Holden’s bees flying and a lot of bees
on my hive #1 near the fence. John keeps one hive in my yard since he can’t have them at his home. It was almost swarm like, very frantic and all
I could think was my hives were dead and Johns bees were robbing the hive. I saw nothing in hive #2 and #3 had been dead since fall. I was really
nervous when I went out today all suited up. Everyone was out except the dead hive, but still not sure if it could be robbing.
I opened # 2 and the bees poured out of the hole in the inner cover. They still had a lot of fondant and I lifted one frame that had honey, brood and
nectar. I went to hive #1 and it had even more bees which was probably why they were out the other day. Very little fondant and no honey on the frame
I pulled. I will slice some up later and throw it on quickly tomorrow. Feeling much happier. Now just hope the ground hog is right about that early spring.
I will order one nuc to replace the dead one and hope for a good year.

I think we have had a record number of new members join the club since the end of December to the present. Please extend a warm welcome to the following new
beekeepers: Carolyn Adamo, Sotiria Amigdalos, Carole Bennett, Regina Buck, Liza & Michael Clarke, Lynn Contursi, Chris Fairbairn, Daeiliasz Furmanik,
Linda Gibbons, Haydee Gomez, Deborah & Bridget Hanley, Esther Hou, Joe Ianucci, Kim Kittredge, Holly Klokis, Karen LaSorsa, Donna & Lucas Lee,
Richard Lee, Nicholas, Mazard, Anna McCarroll, John Most, Maggie Murphy, Deborah Pangallo, Daniel Pickney, Corey Pickney, Althanasios Plakas,
Georgine Podhorszky, Rev. James Rea, Katia Read, Milienos Savvas, Lori Schultz, Justin Schwartz, Arthur Schwartz, Bridget Siegel, Kari Stirnweis,
Thomas Stirnweis, Melissa Taylor, Senna Washington, Spencer Whittaker, Charles G. diPierro, Matthew Claeson, Alex Hardie, Archimedes &
Michael Perdios, Brad Learmonth, Joseph Taglieri, AFC-Express, Robert Vila, Lilia Orlova, Andrea O’Keeffe and Katherine Luberto.

We had a large number of renewals as well, by check, cash and Paypal, BUT only 1/3 of last years members have renewed so far. Please send your dues as
soon as possible so we will have the money for the exciting programs we have planned for you!
DUES DUES FOR 2019 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or go to the club website
Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

Great news! Phil the groundhog emerged recently in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and didn’t see his shadow! Closer to home, Staten Island’s own groundhog, Chuck, agreed too. Those two weather predictors are as reliable as it comes - according to some. I’m just happy that they’re here to assure us that spring will be here early!

With spring comes busy bee activities. Are you ready? Besides getting your bee equipment and bees in order, the next few week of “down time” are also the right time to keep up and beef up on your beekeeping knowledge. To start, I urge you to check out our club website. There are other excellent online resources too, such as the Bee Informed Partnership (https://beeinformed.org/) and New York Bee Wellness Workshops (http://nybeewellness.org/). You may also want to read a beekeeping magazine such as Bee Culture Magazine or the American Bee Journal. They are full of the latest beekeeping news and information. Reading a new beekeeping book or reviewing a favorite are good ideas too.

If you prefer YouTube videos, University of Florida‘s Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/extension/, Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3mjpM6Av4bxbxps_Gh5YPw/videos, and Cornell’s Dyce Bee Lab https://pollinator.cals.cornell.edu/resources/, for example, are great places for outstanding videos. Keep in mind that what you see working in Florida or Canada may not work quite the same for us here on Long Island. Besides understanding where the information is coming from, please also keep in mind the experience and background of the presenters. I recommend you read and watch videos with a healthy bit of skepticism. Remember that local knowledge is most relevant to our local beekeeping conditions, which is a great reason for you to connect with members of our own club.

Our club is doing its part to help educate new beekeepers through our meetings and our annual spring beekeeping classes. Thanks to Grace and Moira’s hard work these past two months, over a hundred new beekeepers are now more prepared and equipped to take on the challenges and rewards of beekeeping. We also want to thank our instructors, Tom, Marianne, Andrew, Moira, Grace, Joan, Roy, and Pete, among others. Learning from experienced members, some of them with over 50 years of beekeeping experience right here on Long Island, is the best way possible to improve your beekeeping ability. Please take advantage of that and seek out these mentors at our club meetings.

Thank to our Program Director, Moira, we have the best meeting program anywhere. Looking ahead, we have scheduled several outstanding speakers to present at our meetings. Please keep these dates in mind:
  • February 24 - Tim McMahon, “How Honeybees Differ From Native Bees”
  • March 24 - Dr. Juliana Rangel, “Factors That Affect the Reproductive Quality of Honeybee Queens and Drones”
  • April 28 - Christopher A. Logue, “NY Department of Agriculture - What is Happening in NY?”
  • May 26 - Tech Team Information, “Ask a Master Beekeeper”
  • June 23 - Dr. Kirsten Traynor, “National Honey Bee Disease Survey & Pesticide Results”
  • July 28 - Club’s Annual Club Picnic

Bee well, and we’ll see you at the club meeting on Sunday, Feb. 24!
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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, February 24, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Tim McMahon - How Honeybees Differ From Native Bees?



Tim McMahon is and EAS Master Beekeeper and a Georgia Master Beekeeper. Mr. McMahon has been keeping bees for over 12 years and has been involved in beekeeping with local, state and regional clubs. He has also spent countless hours in the field collecting native bees for the USGS Native Bee Lab and for the Smithsonian Institution. In February, Mr. McMahon will take part in his fifth trip to Costa Rica with a group from the University of California Berkeley to study native bees of Central America. In his spare time, Mr. McMahon is a Chemical Engineer for the US Patent Office and has two sons who think their father is completely nuts for keeping bees.

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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From the Editor's Desk: January 2019

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DUES FOR 2019 ARE!
   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.
TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35 OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANK YOU!
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.
 I apologize for the problem that AOL has caused by not allowing me to send bulk mail, preventing me from sending the email newsletters. Grace Mehl is hopefully going to send this month’s edition until I get my computer set up properly with help from Rick Cannone. I have included some of the material from November and December that was important, the rest I will forward to George to add to the Website when he can. Thank you for your patience.

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

On behalf of the Long Island Beekeepers Club’s Board of Directors, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2019 be an exceptional year for you and your honey bees.

The Board has been busy at work planning another exciting year for our members. Under our First Responders’ Program, for example, several of our most experienced members expect to visit at least 20 members’ bee yards by July, to provide one-on-one education and to inspect for early signs of disease or pests. Please contact Donal, our Vice President, with questions or to sign up to participate.

We have a wonderful speakers’ program planned for the year. Thanks to Moira, our Program Director, we will be seeing Dr. Juliana Rangel of Texas A&M in March and Dr. Kristen Traynor from the University of Maryland in June, along with many other notable speakers at our monthly meetings.

Education and information are critical in keeping our bees healthy and thriving. This year, we’ll continue to hold 30-minute lectures before our meetings, starting at 1:00 PM. Grace, our Education Director, is now calling these presentations "What's Happening in the Hive This Month". Additionally, as weather permits (definitely not this week!), Donal will hold his “Open Hives” outdoor sessions at the beehives behind the Barn, also at 1:00 PM.

Thanks to Conni, our Membership Director, our monthly newsletter, “The BEELINE”, continues to be packed full of outstanding materials and information for us. If you have bee-related questions, please send them to Conni. She will find the answers for you, and your letter might just appear in her “Dear A-Bee” column!

If you’re interested in being involved with the club’s outreach activities, please contact Rick, our Outreach Director. He’ll be happy to send you to fairs and schools. Rick is currently spearheading a potential project that will expose our members to interesting hand-on beekeeping experiences and publicity!

As you know, the club is run by volunteers and we could use many more. If you're interested in participating during the club meetings or being on the Board, please contact George, our Immediate Past President and Webmaster, or our club Secretary, Marianne. We will put your talents to good use for our members.

Lastly, please mark down the 2019 club meeting dates on your calendar and be prepared to join us at the club on these Sunday afternoons:

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23,
July 28 (annual club picnic), August 25, September 29, October 27 (Honey Judging Contest),November 24, and December 8 (Annual Holiday Party).

With your participation, I know 2019 will be a sweet and golden year for us all. Happy beekeeping!!

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, January 27, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Brenna Taver - How Does Nosema Impact Your Bees?

Brenna Traver received her PhD in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2011. She continued on at Virginia Tech following the receipt of a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the impact of different in-hive pesticides on pathogens and immunity in honey bees. In 2014 she accepted an Assistant Professor of Biology position at Penn State Schuylkill, where she teaches various molecular and genetics courses. She continues to focus on how pathogens, specifically Nosema ceranae, are impacting honey bee colonies. She has given over 40 presentations at both scientific meetings and at extension events, is co-author on more than 35 additional ­­­­­­ presentations, has 13 conference proceedings, published 12 peer-reviewed articles, 5 extension articles, and one book chapter. She works closely with undergraduates, working with over 20 students on research projects during the past few years, and is currently the Theta Chi Theta Chapter advisor of the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta.

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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LIBC Meeting Schedule for 2019

January 27th: Brenna Taver - How Does Nosema Impact Your Bees?

February 24th: Tim McMahon - How Honeybees Differ From Native Bees?

March 24th: Juliana Rangel - Factors That Affect the Reproductive Quality of Honeybee Queens and Drones

April 28th: Christopher Logue, NY Department of Agriculture - What is Happening in New York?

May 26th: Ask a Master Beekeeper

June 23rd: Kirsten Traynor - National Honey Bee Disease Survey & Pesticide Results

July 28th: Club Picnic

August 25th: TBA

September 22th: Jon Zawislak

October 27th: Honey Judging Contest

November 24th: Honey Tasting Contest

December 8th: Holiday Party

NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Beekeeping Listening Sessions

The NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets will be hosting a series of two-hour listening sessions around the State to share steps we have taken to enhance the vitality of pollinators and to learn more about the challenges facing the beekeeping industry. These sessions will be held in the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Central/Western regions of the state. The agenda and locations for the sessions are as follows:
  • Brief overview of the current bee health law and NYS inspection program focus (30 minutes)
  • Brief overview of the Pollinator Protection Plan and progress on action items (30 minutes)
  • Open discussion with participants (45 minutes)
  • Wrap up (15 minutes)

Capital Region:
Monday, November 19 from 2 – 4 p.m.
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Pride of NY Room
10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235

Central/Western NY:
Thursday, November 29 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Geneva Public Library, Community Room
244 N Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Hudson Valley:
Thursday, December 6 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Westchester County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office
3 West Main Street Suite 112, Elmsford, NY 10523


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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, November 25, 2:00

Guest Speaker: Bob Deemer presents the “Bee Health, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Bob will discuss the signs, symptoms and controls of major bee health issues.

Bob Deemer started his beekeeping adventure at the age of 18, while obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture at Delaware Valley College. Under the teaching of Dr. Robert Berthold, his dedication to beekeeping and beekeepers increased. Upon graduation Bob took a position with the Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture as an Apiary Inspector. His job as an inspector put him in contact with beekeepers both large and small in a 10 county region of eastern Pennsylvania, primarily dealing with American Foulbrood identification and control.

Bob arrived in NY State in 1991 and has held numerous positions with fruit and vegetable processors, working with farmers to produce many of the brands you eat every day. Bob is also a graduate of the Cornell University program, LEAD NY Class XI.

Bob has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations to include Agri-Business Child Development, Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Extension (Chairman), Christian Research & Counsel, NY Bee Wellness as well as serving on numerous Cornell Extension funding and advisory boards.

In the fall of 2017 Bob got the opportunity to make his beekeeping interests and his work life one. He did this by taking the position of General Manager, NY for Barkman Honeys newest plant in Victor, NY. Barkman Honey is a family owned honey packer in operation since 1960 in Hillsboro, KS. Barkman Honey is known for their brands, Busy Bee, Naked Wild Honey, Bee Harmony and many store brands across the country.

Bob lives with his Wife Pamela in Wayne County, NY between the shores of Lake Ontario and the Fingerlakes. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for beekeeping with the public and numerous area beekeepers clubs.


Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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LIBC HoneyBee Conference - October 14, 2018

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6th Annual Long Island Honey Bee Conference
Hosted by the Long Island Beekeepers Club
Sunday, October 14, 2018
 
Sisters of St Joseph Conference Center
1725 Brentwood Road
Brentwood NY

Registration and Breakfast starts at 9:00 am
 
Ross Conrad from 10:00 to 11:30
Lunch starts at noon
Samuel Ramsey from 1:00 to 2:30

LIBC Members: $30
Non-Members: $40


Includes Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch

Click here for more info

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, September 23, 2:00: Honey Judging and Honey Tasting Contests

Long Island Beekeepers Annual
Honey, Wax, and Mead Judging Contest
Honey Cookery and Gadget Contest

Bring your best Extracted Honey, Comb Honey, Creamed Honey, Beeswax, Mead, Baked Goods, Honey Spreads, Arts and Crafts, Photographs, and Gadgets to this year's contest and you might win a ribbon!
Contest rules can be found here.
All entrants must be paid-up members in good standing as of October of the current calendar year. Section 6 of the Bylaws states that “only members in good standing and members of their immediate families who are present can enter contests if a member is absent, a member of his family may represent him in case of extenuating circumstances can enter items for him.”


Honey Tasting Contest
All club member are invited to bring an unlabeled sample of their bees finest to the meeting.
Remember, everyone can enter as long as they are a club member and you have honey to share in an unmarked jar.


Our meetings are held at Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.
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President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

This month’s meeting will be on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. We’ll have our annual Honey Judging and will be watching a Bee Movie as well. How exciting is that? As always, please bring your tough questions to our many experienced and enthusiastic “Meeting Mentors”!

The “Bee 101” talk before the meeting will be presented by Grace, our Education Director and the newest Master Beekeeper. The topic will be “Winter Bees vs. Summer Bees”. You don’t want to miss it!

Lastly, as you know, our October 14, 2018 Honey Conference is just around the corner! So, please sign-up for the conference if you have not yet done so, thanks! You can register by simply click here.

From the Editor's Desk: September 2018

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Honey harvesting is almost done and as usual the unexpected has happened. The wonderful hive that overwintered and was going beautifully into the early summer had three honey supers and was the first to be opened with the fantastic help from Jim and Jenn Voneiff and their daughter Lizzie. Much to our dismay there was no honey, just wax moths! All the way down, nothing, the queen had obviously failed some where between July and late August and no brood and therefore not enough bees to fight off the creepy wax moths. What a devastating way to start the harvest.
Fortunatly the remaining two hives were lovely and one hive had done an interesting complication by making a double layer of comb separating from the frame. This delighted me because I was able to remove it using brand new disposable utensils and put it into a brand new container to deliver it to several friends who are kosher since it was untouched by my equipment, just in time for the Jewish New Year.
REMEMBER THIS IS THE HONEY JUDGING MEETING!  YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING TO PARTICIPATE! Bring your honey in the proper size jar, filled to the correct line, no labels! Come as early as possible and form a quiet line with your entries according to last month’s categories.
We welcome more new members to our ever growing club: Sean McArdle, Danielle Miscioscia, Diane Miller, Suzanne Figurski, Mark Altchiler, and Pamela Kelly
 
DUES FOR 2018 ARE WAY OVERDUE!

   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

From the Editor's Desk: August 2018

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There are hot bees this month. They are busy as ever, but hanging out to keep cool, the front of the hives are covered with bees. I had to check my less productive hive last week, thanks to help from Lorraine to do the lifting. Since it was so hot I chose to go birthday suit under my bee suit. Won’t do that again after getting a few stings right through the fabric! Fortunately I only get little red dots, maybe I won’t suffer from arthritis in that particular part of my anatomy, LOL!
Our Second Annual Picnic was a wonderful success, weather holding off to allow 135 members to enjoy a great afternoon of meeting, greeting and getting to know each other.
And we had some more new members sign up this month! Welcome to: Jordan Pincus, Anthony Barbera, Amanda Lerch, Laura Eppig, and Barbara Walsh,
DUES FOR 2018 ARE WAY OVERDUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST! Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Greetings from sunny (and hot) Hampton, Virginia - a few hundred miles south of Long Island - at the 2018 EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society) Conference.
Over the past few days Moira, Rich, Wally, Grace, Andrew, Debbie, and I enjoyed wonderful presentations on different aspects of beekeeping by many famous, super-experienced beekeepers and academics. Lorraine was here as a vendor bringing our number to eight members present, including three who took part in the EAS Master Beekeeper certification program, our club was very well-represented indeed. I'm happy to report that all three have passed the multi-part exam! Additionally, I understand that Joan, Marianne, Chris, and Neil have just obtained Cornell University’s Master Beekeeper certifications as well. Congratulations to all. It appears that our club has gained seven new Master Beekeepers since July! More resources for our newer members, that's great!
 
Attending club and regional conferences really helps us improve our beekeeping skills and connections. I want to encourage you to take advantage of future EAS conferences (2019 will be in South Carolina) as well as ones organized by other clubs or groups, not to mention our very own mini-conference on October 14, 2018. 
 
We'll have more to report on this week-long learning trip to EAS at our club meeting on Sunday, August 26.  At this upcoming club meeting, as usual, from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Grace will speak about “Readying Your Hives for Winter (in August)” at the Barn, and Donal will lead the open-hive session at the hives in the field. Remember to bring your veil if you plan to be near the hives with Donal, thanks. Our regular meeting will start at 2 pm. The keynote speaker this month will be Paul Cappy, our NY State Bee Inspector. Please come early, help us setup the chairs, and mingle with other beekeepers.
See you at the meeting!

Steve

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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, August 26, 2:00

NYS Apiary Head Paul Cappy will be discussing American Foulbrood and NYS apiary registration.


Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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Honey Bee Breeding and Genetics Survey

Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies is starting a project on honey bee genetics and breeding, and we are looking for beekeepers’ input. 
 

The survey measures New York State beekeepers’ interest and experience buying or breeding bees with particular genetic traits. In the future, we will use the results to evaluate different stocks of honey bees. Completing the survey should take 10-20 minutes. 
 

Honey bee breeding and genetics survey

Thanks for your support,
Scott McArt, assistant professor of pollinator health (Entomology)
Emma Mullen, honey bee extension associate (Cooperative Extension / Entomology)
Ellie Andrews, PhD candidate (Development Sociology)

Sunday, September 23: Honey Judging and Honey Tasting Contests

Long Island Beekeepers Annual
Honey, Wax, and Mead Judging Contest
Honey Cookery and Gadget Contest

Bring your best Extracted Honey, Comb Honey, Creamed Honey, Beeswax, Mead, Baked Goods, Honey Spreads, Arts and Crafts, Photographs, and Gadgets to this year's contest and you might win a ribbon!
Contest rules can be found here.
All entrants must be paid-up members in good standing as of October of the current calendar year. Section 6 of the Bylaws states that “only members in good standing and members of their immediate families who are present can enter contests if a member is absent, a member of his family may represent him in case of extenuating circumstances can enter items for him.”


Honey Tasting Contest
All club member are invited to bring an unlabeled sample of their bees finest to the meeting.
Remember, everyone can enter as long as they are a club member and you have honey to share in an unmarked jar.


Our meetings are held at Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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Long Island Beekeepers Club Extractor Lending Program

Learn more about the Club's new Long Island Beekeepers Club Extractor Lending Program by visiting the Member Services page.

From the Editor's Desk: July 2018

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Bees are busiest bees ever. I was sitting on my deck and they are just going back and forth all day long. John came over and we checked each hive and didn’t see the queens but there was plenty of brood, nice patterns, eggs and larvae. Found small amount of drone brood in each hive and a few mites  so treated them.  I hope to check in with them on Tuesday to see if more supers are needed.
The last meeting was full again and here are --more new members to welcome: Gregory Stewart, Robert Blacharski, Craig Banger, Terri Newman, Mark and Gina Melton, Gordon Cinco, Christopher Thomas, Jay Wayne, Jesse Stoff,
DUES FOR 2018 ARE WAY OVERDUE!

   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

Club Picnic on Sunday, July 22, 1:00

Club Picnic


We will not have any type of meeting or 101 classes on July 22nd. This is your time to BEE SOCIAL.
The picnic will begin at 1pm, RAIN OR SHINE
It will be held inside the barn where it is air-conditioned. Your spouses and families are invited to attend.

Looking for a setup crew to help get tables and chairs setup at 12:30.

You are asked to bring a salad or dessert to contribute to the party.
  • Last names beginning with A - L: please bring a salad...with a serving spoon
  • Last names beginning with M - Z: please bring a dessert.

You will take your salad or dessert HOME with you at the end of the party or when you leave.

The club will provide soda and water to drink at the event.
If you want another type of beverage please BYOB.

The club has hired someone to provide and cook the hamburgers and hotdogs.

We need an accurate number of people attending so that we have enough burgers and dogs for everyone, so you DID NOT SIGN UP and would like to attend please email at Ramoi@aol.com and tell me the number of people attending.

JIVE with the HIVE! We'd love to hear some live music at this event. We invite anyone that plays an instrument to bring it along and share your musical talent with us!


Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.

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EAS 2018 Annual Conference


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EAS 2018 Where it all began



August 13 - 17, 2018
Short Course: August 13-15
Conference: August 15-17


REGISTER NOW!


Join the Eastern Apicultural Society for the annual Short Course and Conference, a week-long educational experience featuring internationally known research scientists, extension apiculturists, apiary inspectors and beekeeping experts at every level.
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The nearly 70 speakers and their bios can be viewed on the EAS 2018 web page along with the full Short Course and Conference Schedules, plus a description of special events!
Pack your veil for hands-on experience with expert instructors; the onsite apiary will feature Top Bar and Warre hives in addition to Langstroth hives.
Don't forget to bring your
Honey Show entries. If you don't want to compete, you can participate in the Honey Exchange by bringing 3 of your products to exchange. And please consider bringing a donation to the annual Auction. The generous donations from attendees like you are what makes the auction such a great fundraiser and allows EAS to support the researchers who share so much of their knowledge at the conference.
Thanks to our SPONSORS! Vendor Slots are still open and available for the best EAS vendor hall space in recent memory! Sponsors & Vendors Register here
NEED A HOTEL? Please book any EAS hotel accommodations through our EAS links on the website New this year, we’ve partnered with a roommate and carpool service- search for EAS 2018 at https://conferenceshare.co/

856-234-1799| registrar@easternapiculture.org  | www.easternapiculture.org/

How can you get there?


40% of the US population is within one day's drive (10 hours or less) of Hampton, Virginia.
20 Minutes from two International Airports:

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Norfolk (
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    Newport News/Williamsburg (
  • 15 Minutes from Amtrak Train Station
    5 Minutes from Interstate-64

    Hampton Roads Convention Center:

    1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton|VA

    July Thoughts on Hive Management

    From the hives of Moira and Grace:

    Winter management starts now!  The Long Island nectar flow is slowing down and soon will end.  Some nectar will still be coming in, but, the opportunity to make and store honey is almost over.
    Beekeepers need to evaluate their hive, queen health and performance to determine actions to be taken to prepare for fall and winter.
    -          This means you have to do a thorough inspection of the colony, all the way down through the bottom box to the bottom board.
    -          Each and every time you go into the hive, look for the following:
    o   Brood pattern
    o   Health of the brood
    o   All stages of brood (capped, larvae, and eggs) to show presence of the queen
    o   Population as compared to space
    o   Resources (Pollen, Honey, open Nectar)
    Beekeepers need to use the information they find to correct problems within the colony.  Absence of egg and small larvae could mean queen loss.  Backfilling of nectar into the brood box now (as opposed to during a heavy nectar flow) can be another indicator of queenlessness.  Options include moving egg and larvae from another colony to provide an opportunity for making a new queen.  It also indicates if they need a queen or if there is a virgin queen present (then they will just cap the brood).  Another option is to purchase a mated queen from a queen breeder.  For this situation, check the LIBC classified to see if a queen is readily available locally, or, we recommend the following queen producers:  Oliveras Honey Bees, Old Sol Bees, or Strachan Apiaries.  The presence of brood will delay the development of “laying workers”, so adding brood from another hive will buy you time to fix the queenless issue.
     
    This is a great time to take and extract excess honey while there is still nectar to forage because the bees are not protecting it as aggressively.  You need to leave minimum of 60 lbs of honey (meaning capped) in the hive.  Realize that the bees need food for daily sustenance through the fall as we have insignificant fall nectar flow.  Real honey is the best food for bee survival.  Sugar syrup is a back up food, and does not contain all the micro-nutrients of honey.  Realize that you must continually check for stores and start feeding when you determine the bees have started eating their stored honey.  
     
    Beekeepers should evaluate the strength of all colonies within an apiary and consider equalizing to minimize robbing potential.  Moving capped brood from stronger colonies to smaller colonies now will give your weaker colonies a chance to develop a larger population for winter cluster.  Robbing often becomes a problem in the summer and fall on Long Island due to the lack for forage.  Smaller colonies are unable to guard and protect their resources, especially with large entrances.  So, reducing entrance sizes or adding a robbing screen will assist in this.  Bee Smart sells a robbing screen that fits 8—10 frame boxes and you can get them directly from him locally (see LIBC classified).
     
    Water is critical for hives during the summer heat as they use it to cool the hive to maintain optimum temperature for the brood.  Many hives will “beard” to give the colony a better chance to cool the brood/hive by moving a large portion of the bees outside on the hive front.  Ventilation helps the bees to cool the hive by creating a flow of air.  Screened bottom boards and ventilated (screened) inner covers help them do this.
     
    If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to test for mite load.  We have covered this before, but, you can watch the demonstration on mite testing at:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=video+on+mite+testing&&view=detail&mid=DBF2DF0502C967E03054DBF2DF0502C967E03054&&FORM=VDRVRV
    This is the time of year to treat for mites to stay ahead of the mite infestation by treating.  Be aware of temperature and specifics of the mite treatment you choose to use.  Read and follow the directions of the specific treatment.  Treatments can be extremely hard on your bees and queen, therefore, after treating make sure you still have a laying queen.

    Next Club Meeting on Sunday, June 24, 2:00

    Guest Speakers: Joan Mahoney presents the "Mite Test Demonstration", Moira Alexander's presentation on "Honey and Wax Preparation for Honey Competition", and the "Bee Swap"




    Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

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    From the Editor's Desk: June 2018

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    Our May meeting was another wonderfully successful meeting. Just shy of 100 names signed in, I think a few people slipped in without taking the time to sign in, but a full house was evident. We had four new members sign up at the meeting and I have had even more on Pay Pal the past few weeks. Please make sure you stop by the desk to pick up your new membership cards and give me your phone numbers to update our database and say hello. We welcome these new members Wayne Smsith II, the Jenny B Project, Carl Zanetti, Robert Sterner, Matthew Doherty, Kathleen Nugent, John Moss, June Mosca, Olivia Campbell, Andrew Thayer, Laurie Appel, Amanda Steadman and Paul Carovinci,
     
    DUES FOR 2018 ARE DUE!

       Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, go to the club website Longislandbeekeepers.org and use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.

    Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE HONEY JUDGING CONTEST!  Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.


    President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

    It’s May, the temperature is warming and our industrious busy bees are flying around from flower to flower making sweet honey! What can be better than this? Well, our action-packed monthly bee club meeting, of course.

    Keeping our bees healthy is the key to sustainable beekeeping. Therefore, for the second year in a row, our club is purchasing mite treatments in bulk to make them available in small quantities for our members at-cost. Members who placed orders in April with Education Director Grace Mehl can pick them up at our next meeting, on Sunday May 27. Grace will also be discussing adding supers, taking honey and extracting. VP Donal Peterson will conduct monthly open-hive session at the back of the Barn – weather permitting. Bring your veils.

    Important announcement: our club is one of the three clubs in New York State participating in a year-long USDA program called Honey Bee Health First Responder Project. The grant will enable our club to sponsor at least 2 experienced club members for training on identifying the pests and infectious diseases that threaten our honeybees. Our “first responders” will conduct outreach and education sessions within and outside our club as well as hands-on inspection and assessment of members’ colonies to find and eliminate honey bee diseases before they become a serious threat. This is very exciting! We need interested members both to participate in the project as responders and to sign-up apiaries for inspection and assessment.

    Back to the exciting meeting planned for this Sunday. Our keynote speaker is EAS Master Beekeeper Ken Williams. Ken is a beekeeper of 30 years; he raises 1500-2000 queens per year, teaches queen rearing courses, produces nucs, honey, and provides pollination services. He will be discussing treatment v. non-treatment, making splits, queen production, and troubleshooting issues great and small. You don’t want to miss his presentation. Bring any and all of your tough beekeeping questions!

    Lastly, please save these dates: July 22, 2018 for our annual club picnic, and Oct. 14, 2018 for our mini-conference (keynotes: Samuel Ramsey & Ross Conrad).

    See you at the meeting!

    Steve

    From the Editor's Desk: May 2018

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    My nucs finally arrived and I was able to hive them successfully. I hope Wednesday or Thursday will be pleasant so I can go and check them and see if I can find the queens and make sure she is laying. John Holden came to check on his hive and installed a Tom Seeley design swarm box on the other side of my yard. I held my breath as he climbed the ladder, but it went without a hitch. Now keeping an eye on it to see if any neighboring swarms want to take up residence.

    Another successful meeting with more new members joining our ranks. Welcome to DawnMarie Schmitz, Irenusz Szczesny, John Lovett, Kimbe Meares, John Sperduto, Tammy Paladino, Janet Metcalf, Kurt Rose, Maureen Kumar, Meredith Page, Doreen Oliveri, and Maggie Gray