Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

The Garden Column: Consider "Leafing it on the Lawn" This Year

By Juergen Jaenicke, MG
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Vibrant foliage is a seasonal highlight, but taking care of leaves once they've fallen can be a lot of work. If not properly managed, leaves can cause increased phosphorus levels in surface water runoff, which ultimately affects the water quality of our bays, estuaries, lakes, streams and ponds. Also, layers of raw leaves left on the lawn can suffocate grass plants.

Raking, blowing or picking up fallen tree leaves with a mower bag is labor intensive, and bagged leaves need to be removed. But as long as leaves aren't excessive, they can easily be mulched by mowing and leaving them on the lawn without negative consequences to turf quality. In addition to providing an alternate method of leaf disposal, research suggests there may be other benefits to mulching leaves back into the lawn.

Researchers at Michigan State University looked at the effect of mulched oak and maple leaves on the spring green-up of lawns and its dandelion populations. Results suggested that mulching leaves into established turf grass increased spring green-up the following year and reduced the dandelion growth. While the mechanism of control was not investigated in this study, it may simply be that decomposing pieces of leaves cover up bare spots between turf plants, areas that otherwise would be excellent places for weed seeds to germinate.

Plan to do lawn leaf work during dry weather (like we are having now). Whether raking or mulching, working with wet leaves is much harder (a pain, if you ask me), Its easier to handle leaves when they are dry. To mow leaves into mulch and leave it on he lawn, raise the mower deck its highest setting to accommodate more leaves at a time. Remove the discharge chute on the side of the mower, and close is cover. Presto! You have a leaf mulcher ready to return leaf nutrients back into the ground where they fell.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: November 2013


Here are a few pictures from the Long Island Honeybee Conference at St. John’s University.

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Moira and Ray getting everyone in the right place at the right time!

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Setting up the Registration Table, expecting 110 beekeepers to the conference!

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It’s hard to decide where to put your raffle tickets when there are so many great prizes to choose from!


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Honey & Hive Products Judging Results

Our honey judging contest was a lively affair as usual. We had a full house for the beekeeping 101 and then little by little the entries for the contest came in. This year we held things a little differently by putting the entries up on stage and pulling the screen down so the judges were able to do the judging in privacy. Thanks to the judges Ray Lackey and Donal Peterson for all their hard work and we had some great winners.
Category: Light Amber Honey:
1st-Helen Mecagni
2nd- Wayne Vitale
3rd- Bill O’Hern
Amber Honey
1st- Helen Mecagni
2nd- Charles DeStefano
Dark Honey
1st-Helen Mecagni
2nd- John Hardecker
Wax Block
1st- Conni Still
Gift Package
1st- Conni Still
Photograph
1st- Conni Still
Novelty Package of Honey
1st- Conni Still
Category Food
Jams
1st-Conni Still
Cookies
1st-Samantha Boyd
Candy
1st- Samantha Boyd
Granola Bars
1st-Samantha Boyd
Best in Show
Helen Mecagni
Congratulations to all the winners!
Here is the prize winning candy recipe thanks to Samantha.

Apple Cider Honey Caramels
Ingredients:
1 cup Apple Cider
1 stick butter (1\2 cup)
1 cup honey
1 tsp salt
1\4 tsp cinnamon
Pour apple cider into a heavy, deep saucepan. Bring to a boil then add stick of butter. Continue boiling until butter is melted, then stir in honey, salt and cinnamon.
Cook until mixture reaches 245 on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently. Pour into a parchment paper lined baking pan and let cool. Using a sharp knife, cut into small squares..Place onto strips of waxed paper or plastic wrap and seal and twist the ends closed. Enjoy a sweet treat.
The refreshments were an interesting change too, thanks to the hospitality crew and all who brought them. The conversations were certainly lively during the breaks, everyone still on a BEE high from the conference at St. John’s. We were happy to welcome some new members, Tina McGill, Patrick Daffy, Prudence Heston, and Evelyn Blinn,

President's Message: Where Did the Time Go? Spend Time With Your Bees Now

By George B. Schramm, LIBC President

Time flies! It's an old saying, but in today's fast-paced world, it's never been so true. Before we know it, our bees are all grown up—out on their own or off to swarm. Most beekeepers realize the rewards of close ties with their hive. Yet the demands of jobs and day-to-day household activities can be stressful and tiring. So, it's easy for quality time with our bees to get squeezed out.

You won't want to find yourself looking back, amazed at how quickly it went, and realizing you missed something special. More important, spending time with your bees gives you a chance to shape their values. As your bees get older, you can provide a good frame of reference as they are exposed to the growing influence of wax moths and hive beetles. The more time you spend with your bees, the more you will be able to help them tune in to their abilities, comb-building activities, and healthy friendships with flowers.

Okay, but do your bees want to spend time with you? As bees get older, they begin to declare their independence. But studies show that most young bees like spending time with their beekeepers. So, if you set fair rules and give your bees the freedom that's right for their age, you most likely will be able to enjoy each other's company.

Time set aside works well: feeding time, foraging time, feeding time, wax-building, or a game in the evening. Still, finding real "quality" time can be tough. So, take advantage of that one-on-one time that just happens as you are gardening, weeding, riding in the car, or raking leaves.

What is quality time? Quality time means communicating in an upbeat and useful way; watching the bees come and go in silence doesn't count. Talking with bees is one of the best things you can do to help them grow up confident and secure.

How to strike up a chat? Ask questions that take more than a yes or no answer. Ask younger bees to explain something or talk about a flower you both enjoy, objects you found in nature together, or their take on plastic comb and pollen traps. With older bees and queens, talk about issues and events that occur outside the hive or neighborhood. Ask queens for their opinions. Discuss the meaning of drones and mating flights. Mention problems you had during the day and how you dealt with them. Problem-solving skills can keep bees from turning to alcohol and illegal drugs to deal with troubles or from going along with risky activities.

Be positive. Praise your bees for things you might take for granted, such as getting up on time, helping to build wax comb, or dragging out the dead bees without being told. Praise hard work as well as success. Avoid value judgments. Show you understand even if you don't agree. Let your bees know you respect their feelings and help them work through hard situations. They'll probably welcome your attention even if they don't admit it. Most bees say they turn first to a beekeeper for help in solving problems.

Spending time with your bees takes more than talk, though. Find a chance each week to do something special with your bees. If they are active in foraging or creative propolizing, go to as many activities as you can. Exposing bees to activities, people, places, and ideas can stir their imaginations and provide a menu of tempting choices. Take trips, look at art, gaze at stars, and play games. Activities that call for planning, forming, or solving involve making choices and thinking about results. These pursuits will fuel a bee’s curiosity and build creative thinking habits. Find out what they like. For every interest, there is something to try.

Sure, life can be hectic. But don't forget, when it comes to spending time with your bees, the rewards can be great—for you and them. If you haven't done enough, don't waste time feeling guilty. Just get started, it's never too late to be the best possible beekeeper. Don’t be the beekeeper that wonders, “Where did the time go?”

[Ok, I can’t claim to be the author of this entire article. This is actually one of those public service announcements about how to spend time with your children with a little creative editing, like replacing “children” with “bees,” just for the purposes of humor. However, if your bees are having issues with alcohol and illegal drugs, then you need to come to our next meeting on November 24th. No, really.]

The Garden Column: Rose Planting Tips

By Juergen Jaenicke, MG
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Plant roses only in places that get at lest six hours of sun daily, roses love sunlight, especially morning sun. Good air movement is also essential, but too much wind can damage foliage. And choose a spot far enough from large trees or shrubs, so those roses wont have to compete for light, water or nutrients.

As you prepare a new rose bed, remember you are planting for many seasons of lovely flowers. A rose garden needs good drainage and rich, loamy soil. Double digging and spading in peat moss, compost, fish scraps, seaweed and other organics will help.

Rose bushes work hard growing all those lovely flowers and all that work makes them hungry. Roses need to be fertilized several times a season, once as they begin to leaf out and once again after each flush of bloom.

Roses need plenty of water. They should have at least an inch of water a week throughout their growing season, water early in the day so the rose leaves dry quickly in the morning sun.

Mulch is a great addition to the rose bed. A few inches of bark dust or chips, grass clippings, pine needles or other organic coverings will help to withstand extremes of heat and cold, while keeping the ground moist and preventing weeds. In addition, as the mulch breaks down, it adds nutrients to the ground.

Beware of Cherry Laurel
Cherry Laurel leaves contain cyanide and benzaldehyde that is capable of cutting of the air supply of an animal or human being resulting in death. Each Cherry Laurel leaf contains around 1.5 percent cynogenic glycosides, which produce glucose, hydrogen cyanide and benaldehyde when chewed. The leaves of the Cherry Laurel contain enough cyanide byproducts to be used by entomologists to kill insects for academic research without causing damage to the body of the insect, the specimen is placed in a sealed container containing crushed Cherry Laurel leaves that starve the insect of oxygen until it dies.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: October 2013



I had a lovely time watching honeybees working a shrub at my local bank yesterday and shot a few nice photos. But I didn’t recognize the plant so I stopped at my nursery to find out what it was and if it was suitable to plant in my apiary. Turns out it was a Cherry Laurel, blooming unseasonably. Knowing that its relative Mountain Laurel can produce toxic honey I contacted our Master Gardener Juergen Jaenicke who promptly responded with information regarding the toxic values of this attractive ornamental plant. Sadly I will not risk putting this bush into my apiary, but hope my honeybees are getting some much needed nectar and pollen from the local bank landscaping.

Again I am so happy to report the well attended meeting last month, great meeting with Dr. Tom Seeley.

We welcome new members Mary & Michael Amrosio, Shawn Meaney, Carrie Davis, and Risa Gold.

Was anyone at the Smithhaven Mall this past weekend? A neighbor was there and saw a rally on Save The Bees! There were posters regarding GMO’s but she didn’t have time to get any more info and I didn’t see anything on the local media. Curious who sponsored the event. Wish we knew about it to support it.

I will have a membership spot set up at the conference for anyone who needs to pay their dues in time for the Honey Judging Contest on October 27 so bring your check books or plenty of cash! There will be raffles as well for you to take chances on, lots of wonderful gifts that have been donated by generous members. Hope to see you at the conference and don’t forget to bring your honey and bee related items for the honey judging contest and bee swap! A busy month for LIBC!

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ESHPA September Newsletter



The Empire State Honey Producers Association will hold their fall meeting on November 15th &16th, at the Comfort Inn & Suites 6701 Buckley Road NorthSyracuse, New York.

The program will feature Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk (*Bee Alert* Technology, Missoula, MT), Dr. Beth Holloway (ARS Bee Lab, Baton Rouge, La.). Mr. Peter Borst (ABJ contributing author) and Kristine Jacobson (American Apitherapy Society). For details and registration go to http://eshpa.org/

The current issue of *The Producers* (ESHPA newsletter) is available online at http://www.eshpa.org/archive/Fall%202013.pdf

ESHPA is the premier beekeeping organization of New York, welcomes new members, and presents informational and educational programs twice a year.
The group has been promoting the interests of New York beekeepers since 1867.

President’s Message: I am a Beekeeper

By George B. Schramm, LIBC President

I don’t know if anyone else has seen these “I am an Entrepreneur” posters that seem to pop up everywhere, but I decided that since beekeepers are entrepreneurs also, we needed our own version. You can download a letter-size version from the club’s Digital Library. After printing it out, you’ll find it suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

Bee Poster scaled

A Sweet Holiday Gift

Local Honey, beeswax candles, soap, and lip-balm all make great gifts for the holiday. Check out our list of local beekeepers and see what they have to offer at a location near you.

"What is Natural Beekeeping?" – Jennifer Berry in Binghamton NY

The Southern Tier Beekeepers Association and the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association have invited Jennifer Berry for their fall dinner and meeting on September 28, 2013 from 12 noon to 4pm, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton NY.
Jennifer will be presenting her program “What is Natural Beekeeping? – Practical tips on keeping bees alive in today’s world” as well as a question and answer session on any topic from Absconding to Varroa.

Further information concerning times, directions and the potluck dinner is on our website http://www.southerntierbeekeepers.org or email Susan Carmalt at carmaltsb@hotmail.com.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: September 2013



Our last meeting was filled with interested beekeepers learning about topbar hives. It certainly gave me some food for thought. I will have to do some research this winter as I think how much harder it is to lift those supers. Thanks to good friends who helped me when I came back from my vacation with a bad asthma attack and couldn’t breathe. I had help pulling my honey and extracting it and I will be forever grateful. This was my best season in a long time and now I just have to finish bottling the lovely golden treasure. Welcome to new members Paul Romanelli, Ann Osborn, James Xikis, Michael O’Neill, Joseph Gallo, Gerald Raffa, Paul Panebianco and Mariane Dayton, and I. Abdullah
The information for the Honey Judging Contest is in this month's issue of the newsletter. Please remember if you are not a member in good standing you must pay your dues before the contest in order to enter your honey for competition. Don’t be disappointed at the last minute. Pay now for 2013!!!

President’s Message: Raison d’abeille

By George B. Schramm, LIBC President

For two weekends this month, September 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, the Long Island Fair will be at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village. Once again the Club has been invited to participate by setting up a table at the event to promote the benefits of bees and beekeeping. Since one of the goals of the Club is to educate not just beekeepers but also the general public, this will be a great opportunity to fulfill that mission.

As beekeepers who are deeply involved in our craft we’ve already thought about and incorporated into our passion the reasons for doing what we do, and unless someone asks us why, we probably don’t articulate our motivation that frequently. So, why do we keep honeybees?

The answer lays with the bees themselves and their amazing ability to provide irreplaceable products and services.

Chief among those services would be pollination. The honeybee accounts for 80 percent of all pollination done by insects and without the honeybee's pollination services more than a third of the fruits and vegetables that humans consume would not exist. Pollination by honeybees is not just important to commercial plantings, like apples and almonds, but it is also essential for fruits and vegetables found in backyard gardens, like cucumbers, squash, melons, and strawberries. A hive in the garden can be the difference between success and disappointment for a local gardener.

The two significant products that wouldn’t exist without the honeybee would be honey and beeswax. The ability to harvest and share honey is probably the most influential aspect in the decision to become a beekeeper. Local honey is an unbeatable and delicious natural sweeter that has subtle, and occasionally not so subtle, variances of flavor that are dependent on the floral sources available to the bees; there is nothing more accurate to express the “local flavor” of the indigenous environment than the local honey.

Fortunately, evolution has not only produced an insect that can convert nectar into honey, but has also created a harvestable method by which honeybees can store that honey. Honeybees have wax-producing glands on the underside of their abdomens and they can manipulate this wax to create combs of hexagonal cells that can be used to store nectar, pollen, and to raise new bees. Because beeswax has a high melting point (144 to 147 degrees F), it makes for excellent candles that have a "warmer" colored flame and very little visible smoke. Beeswax can also be used in natural soaps, lotions, and cosmetics such as lip balm, and as a superior wood polish.

Of course the list of beneficial services and products provided by honeybees can be expanded even further, but if this brief description was enough to get you excited about sharing your passion for bees and beekeeping then I have an opportunity for you. I’m inviting all of our members to come down to the Long Island Fair to spend an hour or so as a Bee Club Ambassador. You get to share those amazing stories about your life among the bees with fair visitors, and in the process help promote our organization. There is nothing like the look on the face of a non-beekeeper as you thrillingly describe how you boldly thrust your bare hands into a box filled with thousands of stinging insects to wrestle away their highly coveted liquid gold (or words to that effect). We even give you time off for good behavior so can visit the rest of the fair, which may not be as exciting as beekeeping, but looks to be highly entertaining.

The Long Island Fair at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village takes place on Friday, September 20 and 27, from 10:00 to 4:00, and Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 10:00 to 5:00. Our next Club meeting is September 22 at Suffolk County Community College, Wicks Road, Brentwood, so we will be skipping that day.
On Saturday, 9/21, and Sunday, 9/29, admission is $1.00 for everybody. For all the other days: for adults it’s $12.00, children (5-12) and seniors (over 60), $8.00, and children (under 5) are free.

The Restoration Village is located at 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage. Once you get there just look for the tent surrounded by awestruck visitors and that’s where you’ll find us.

Morrisville College Honey Bee Disease Workshop Presentation

If anyone has any questions about the Morrisville College Honey Bee Disease Workshop Presentation on September 14th please call Mike Johnson at 315-750-6963.

Sunday, September 22: Dr. Tom Seeley

Dr. Tom Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honeybee colonies.

The September 22 meeting will be at Suffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Center Cottage, Wicks Road, Brentwood.
Click here for details.

An Appeal to the Beekeepers of Long Island

For our Club’s September meeting we are honored to have Dr. Thomas D. Seeley as our guest speaker. Dr. Seeley is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses in animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honeybee colonies.

Presentations like Dr. Seeley’s help the Club to achieve its objective to further the general knowledge and success of its member beekeepers and to provide a forum for cooperation among beekeepers and those that work to improve the welfare of beekeeping and honeybees.

As a non-profit organization, the Long Island Beekeepers Club is solely dependent on the contributions of its members in order to bring eminent speakers, such as Dr. Seeley, to Long Island. As a beekeeper you’re aware of the beneficial impact bees have in the pollination of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and how important it is that we continue to provide educational programs for the promotion of beekeeping, and bee products and services for beekeepers on Long Island. We can only continue our mission through your financial support.

So please renew your membership, or become a new member, by visiting our Membership page here on the website. We have information on where to send your check, or how to pay your dues quickly and easily online, right now. Thank you for your continued support.

Executive Board
Long Island Beekeepers Club

Long Island Fair Honey Contest

If you are interested in entering your honey or wax or any other food or vegetable items for competition you have to apply by September 6, at 4PM. Go to www.lifair.org and in the upper right of the website click on "Premium Book" and then download it. The pages for the information about the honey and wax are at the bottom of page 13 and the general entry form is on page 29. Good luck on your entries.

2013 Long Island Fair
at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Friday, September 20 and 27 - 10:00 - 4:00
Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29 - 10:00 - 5:00

For more information about the Fair: http://www.lifair.org/
For more information about the
Old Bethpage Village Restoration: http://tinyurl.com/67fcuuc

LIBC will have a booth at this event. To volunteer to be a Club Ambassador at this event, send us an email to let us know what days and hours you can volunteer.

The Garden Column: Mid-August

By Juergen Jaenicke, MG
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

1. Now is the time to decide wether your lawn should be renovated or whatever it needs to be re-established. Cornell cooperative extension is the perfect place for answers.
2. Begin planting beans, peas, beets, lettuce, spinach and endive for a fall crop.
3. Pick off tomatoe hornworms if large indentations are evident on the leaves.
4. Tomato blossom-end rot can be reduced with careful regulation of soil moisture. Mulching will help,
5. Be aware of two-spotted mite damage on tomatoes during August.
6. Pinch houseplants so they will be well-branched when brought indoors.
7. Start building a new lawn now. If weeds or diseases were a problem this year.
8. Renovate or improve your old lawn now, if necessary.
9. If a few bare spots are present in your lawn, spot seed those areas between August 15 and September 15.
10. Perennials that have finished flowering should now be cut back. Be sure, to leave some foilage.
11. If there is evidence of powdery mildew on phlox, zinnias, roses and lilac, use ultra-fine oil, sulfur or thiophanate-methyl or biocarbonite according to the label direction.
12. If an exessive amount of thatch has been accumulated on the lawn, use a power rake or thatcher for its removal.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: August 2013




I had a lovely vacation in Aruba, a wonderful island with beautiful blue water and tall palm trees blowing with warm trade winds. There were no mosquitoes or flies or any insects that I saw until my last day on the beach. I was sitting on the chair getting ready to go back to my villa and putting on my shoes when suddenly out of nowhere a HONEYBEE landed on my leg! All I could do was look at her and think it was Clifford checking up on me!! She flew off into the blue and I didn’t see any bees on any of the flowers anywhere. Strange!!!


Letters to the Editor:

Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:44:02 -0700
From: randy oliver
Subject: Re: Time Magazine COVER story - A World Without Bees

Such doom and gloom would have been appropriate in 2008, but by now, it
just shows how far behind the times "Time" has become.

Yes, the article disappointed me. I was interviewed by the author (a
senior editor) for nearly an hour, an stressed the point that I hoped that
he could be the one who could finally write an objective practical article
that went beyond parroting popular fears. He was given the actual facts
about bees hardly being in danger of extinction, the vast differences
between the issues facing hobbyists vs commercial beekeepers, etc. In
reading the final product, I can see that he followed the usual media
method of thinking that in order to produce a "balanced" article that one
must give credence to each and everry extreme or misinformed view, rather
than making the effort to truly investigate a subject deeply and come up
with an independent accurate assessment.

And thanks for the info on the bubble apparently bursting in the UK. I
continually ask the bee equipment supplier about sales, wondering when this
is going to happen in the U.S.
--
Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA
www.ScientificBeekeeping.comJennifer Berry
presented by
Susquehanna Beekeepers Association &
Southern Tier Beekeepers
"What is Natural Beekeeping?
Practical tips on keeping bees alive in today's world"
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 840 Upper Front St. Binghamton

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: July 2013



Last month I told you about a little girl who was afraid of bees. Well, thanks to Robin Blakely and her loan of a child’s bee suit I have a great ending to that story. Jillian, age 6, and her mother Karen came to visit me on July 4. First we went into my garage were we chatted about the books she had read about bees. I showed her some of my bee photos and then we donned our bee suits. We then went into the back yard at the furthest point from the hives. She could see the bees flying and we talked about the flight pattern and the bees going to the flowers for nectar and pollen and water. I told her we could walk closer as soon as she felt comfortable and soon she lead the way until we were just a few feet away from the hives. She remained really calm and interested and said that she would like to come back another time and see the inside of the hive. A few days later my grandson Adam, 8 years old, came to visit and had his first visit to the inside of the hive. Here are photos of Jillian and Adam maybe two future beekeepers!.


Jillian and Karen


Adam and Grandma Conni

We had a great meeting with Dr. Tew and our run of new memberships continues. Welcome to our new members Marie Page, Eugene O’Neil, Brad Learmonth, Virginia M. Hoge, Bhavani & Joe Jaroff, Joanne & Jim Healy, Marita & James McCrea, Frank Keen, Marsha Greenman, Glenn Aldridge, Nick Corleto, Claudia Vogel, Steven Cecchini, & Clifford Ohmberger.


Our June meeting, Dr. James Tew

Top-Bar Hive Forum

With the increasing interest in building and maintaining top-bar hives, we've added a web page on our website where members can exchange ideas and information. For more, visit our new forum by clicking on the link in the menu on the left.

The Garden Column: Garden Tips for June

By Juergen Jaenicke, MG
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

• Control the adult stage of the black vine weevil (or taxus weevil) now and early thru mid-July. Apply acephate (Orthene) on foilage of and soil beneath taxus (yews) or rhododendron. Pitfall traps or beating sheets can help monitor adult activity. Hand pick in small plantings. Entomophagous nematodes may be used for soil-dwelling state (larvae) when larvae are present.
• Remove old flowers (but not foilage) from spring flowering bulbs.
• Prune shrubs that have just completed flowering, (weigela, philadelphus, deutzia, etc.
• Remove old flowers from perennials that have finished bloming.
• Take poinsetta cuttings now for blooming plants by christmas.
• The second spray application for birch leaf miner should be made during the second week of June (530-700 Growing-Degree Days). Use carbaryl, acephate, dimethoate or malathion.
• Apply an all-purpose spray (a combination of insecticide and fungicide) to apples every seven to ten days.
• Spray with acephate, or carbaryl in early-to-mid-June, 533-820 Growing degree days, o control euonymus scale crawlers on euonymus, bitersweet, and pachysandra again in mid-july, 1150-1388 GDD. Or use dimethoate soil drench.
• Examine for evidence of chich bugs on turf. Place a coffee can (with bottom cut out) over the edge of suspect area and fill with water for 5 minutes. If present, insects will float to top. Treat during June, Use an insecticide (carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, Aspon or isofenphos) Water lawn before treatment. Exept with Aspon and isofenphos, a second application may be necessary 2 to 3 weeks later. Water in granular materials immediately after aplication. Use endophyte-containing cultivars, Avoid drought!

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: June 2013



I received an interesting phone call the other day from my local librarian. Since I had done an exhibit at the library of bee related items several times, she was very aware of my hobby. A woman came into the library and checked out a number of childrens’s books on bees and began a conversation with the librarian about her daughter’s extreme fear of bees. She was hoping that reading the books would help to educate her on the importance of bees in our environment and overcome this fear. The librarian called me to see if I would speak to this mother and see if I could help the situation. We had a pleasant chat and after she has read the books to her child we are planning a visit to my apiary. We will start with a walk around my garden, looking at the flowers and then go to the backyard where we can see the hives from a distance. Depending on her willingness we will approach a little closer so she can see the bees coming and going. I wish I had a children’s bee suit that she can wear, but at least I can show her an empty frame and talk to her about the parts of the hive. Hopefully it will gradually help to overcome this extreme phobia and make her comfortable around our wonderful important friends, the honey bees. I’ll keep you posted on my success. (If anyone has a child’s suit that I can borrow, please let me know).
More new members have joined us, welcome Rachel Stephens, Robert Fabiano.

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Letters to the Editor

I attended one of the advance screenings of this film, yesterday, at the Film Forum in Manhattan. I give it two thumbs up.

The cinematography was outstanding, and I can recommend the movie for that reason alone. It felt like we had a bee's-eye view inside the hive and out, in the life of a honey bee. Even the human scale scenes were of the highest visual quality, from the Austrian Alps, to the peach orchards in China, the almond groves of California and the rocky peaks of Australia.

But the movie is not without a story line. I felt that it was a most comprehensive review of most of the current issues surrounding honey bees in today's world, including; migrant beekeepers, colony collapse and Africanized bees.

This movie will appeal to non-beekeepers and beekeepers alike. We'll be talking about it for years to come.

Carl Flatow

Well, Are You?

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: May 2013



I hived my two nucs successefully and checked them several days later to see if they needed more sugar syrup. They had not taken down much syrup and have been flying well. Looking through the frames in the first hive I spotted the queen even before I saw her white dot. I have been a beekeeper for over thirty years, and I am still surprised at the thrill I get when I see the queen as she quickly moves over the frames into the darker corner of her hive with her retinue following her. Hive two was not as successful in locating queen or eggs and there had been some queen cells when I received it. Today was the day I was supposed to go back to check again, but of course it is raining. I hope tomorrow clears up so I can make sure I have a queen and everything is in order. I also need to make sure they have enough syrup since we had these few cooler days.

Our meeting was another fine group with several new members. We welcome Stephen Halliday, Mark Pueschel, Dai Dayton,

NYFB Asking Members To Participate In Anonymous Bee Loss Survey

New York Farm Bureau is looking to anonymously collect information on statewide bee losses in response to serious concerns from our beekeeper-members. In the absence of any formal government survey, this data will demonstrate the distress our member beekeepers are under and inform possible solutions to the challenges our beekeepers are facing.

If interested in contributing to this voluntary, anonymous survey, beekeepers are being asked to answer the following four questions:

1. What County is your operation located in?
2. What size operation do you have?
(i.e. hobby (1-50 colonies), sideliner (50-300 colonies) or commercial (300 colonies and larger)
3. How many colonies did you have last fall and how many colonies do you have now in the spring?
4. If dead colonies present themselves, what is the dominant reason for colony loss? (Choose one or more)
Starvation
High mite count.
A lot of honey, but few or no bees found and a small patch of worker brood present.
A lot of dysentery
Queen less or drone layer
Other
Beekeepers may submit their responses via an online survey here or email their responses to Cathy Mural of NYFB’s Public Policy Division at cmural@nyfb.org. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Thank you.

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?
Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/05/13/183704091/what-is-it-about-bees-and-hexagons?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=share

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: April 2013



Our March meeting was a record breaker. Between the Beekeeping 101 class and the regular meeting and annual meeting we had many people coming and going, but it seems the head count exceeded 100! What a great accomplishment for our club and heads of our committees and fellow beekeepers to see the growth of this long-lived organization.

There was a line of members to pay their dues and to date we have 130 paid members and many more on the mailing list who have not yet paid. Please send in your dues as soon as possible, it is making these great programs available to you and we have lots of great things in store this year.

We welcome new members Irina Potapova, James Purtee, Maria Hoffman, Don Pelchuck, Lasha Tartarashvili, Thomas Hancock, Steve Chapey, Walter Doroski Jr., Suzanne Cahill, Jo Rambo, and Adolf Koenig to our club. And if anyone knows Judith Landry please have her contact me. She paid dues but I did not receive an information sheet and cannot send her the newsletter since I do not have her email.

I am looking forward to getting my bees this weekend. It is sad not to see anyone flying, so I have sugar syrup ready and waiting, and my flowering quince is all in bloom in anticipation.

President’s Message: Our Annual Meeting

By George B. Schramm, LIBC President

Last month was the end of our fiscal year, so after our guest speakers (the wonderful Dean and Ramona Stiglitz) completed their presentation (the “Microbial Culture of the Hive") we held our annual meeting. Each of the Club’s board members had an opportunity to talk about what was accomplished during the past year, what their respective goals are for the coming year, and answer questions from our members.

We then held elections for four of the board positions (board members serve a 2-year term, but elections are held for only half of the board each year).

I’d like to thank Ray Lackey and Moira Alexander for continuing as Education Director and Programs Director, respectively. I’d also like to thank our outgoing Vice President, Wayne Vitale, for his dedicated service to the Club, and welcome Donal Peterson as the new Vice President. Unfortunately, our Secretary position continues to be vacant.

As with any volunteer organization, the success of our efforts is entirely dependent on the contributions of our members. Our board members have stepped forward to take on responsibility and a leadership role to help pursue the three goals of our club: Successful and Responsible Beekeeping (educating beekeepers), Public Outreach (educating the public about beekeeping), and Fellowship. But they need our help; please don’t assume that they can do it alone.

Below is a brief description of each of our committees and I’m asking that as you read them you look for an opportunity to participate; even volunteering for a simple task can help. As a responsible beekeeper you wouldn’t walk away from your bees, so don’t walk away from your club. (I’ll forgo the torturous and insipid comparison between social insects and social humans, and how both can achieve great things by working together. Just volunteer already.)

The Education Committee develops, implements, and administers the Club’s educational programs, beekeeping courses, and maintains the Club’s library of books and videos. Ray Lackey is the Education Director.

The Outreach Committee distributes information, prepares promotional and educational displays, produces of the newsletter and manages the website. The Club also attends many events and fairs to promote and educate people about beekeeping, and we need Club Ambassadors to help spread the word. The Outreach Director is Marianne Sangesland.

The Programs Committee arranges for speakers, plans and produces the meeting programs, and oversees hospitality (i.e. coffee, snacks, etc.).The Programs Director is Moira Alexander.

Every club needs to have a program for recognizing achievements, so the Awards and Contests Committee, which reports to the Vice-president, Donal Peterson develops, implements, and administers the Club’s awards program, scholarship program, and its annual honey and hive product contest.

So, next Sunday, climb out your cell (give it a good cleaning first), get off your comb, fly out your hive, come on down to the meeting and lend a hand (or six).

Science Hobbyists Needed for a National Study

Are you a science hobbyist?

We need your help with a new National Science Foundation sponsored research study that will investigate the characteristics and educational experiences of people who are active in science hobbies. More and more people are engaging in science hobbies; schools and science centers would like to know more about the characteristics of science hobbyists and how these organizations might better support hobbyists’ networking and education.

What will happen if you take part in the study?

The information gained from this research can help science educators and researchers understand how to better teach science in schools and museums, and how to design better community-based science programs. Participation in this study is voluntary. Information you provide will be anonymous. If you complete the survey, you may elect to enter a drawing for a $100 Target gift card.

Survey Link: http://tinyurl.com/NCSUhobbysurvey

Thanks!
Dr. Gail Jones
North Carolina State University

President’s Message: We Band of Beekeepers

By George B. Schramm, LIBC President

It’s time for some reader participation. I want everyone who reads this column (that’s right, all three of you), to sit up and exclaim, “I am the future of beekeeping.”

Not bad, but again, with a little more effort: “I AM THE FUTURE OF BEEKEEPING!”

If you don’t feel slightly embarrassed when you say that out loud, then you need to be more earnest. There’s an importance to being earnest, but that’s a story for another play, I mean day.

Nonetheless, it is imperative that you believe that statement, because it’s true. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been a beekeeper, the future of honey bees and beekeeping is entirely up to you.

If you’re new to beekeeping, then you’re standing on the edge of a whole new universe of entomological knowledge, and by exploring that universe you will be carrying beekeeping into the future.

If apiculture has been a part of your life for some time, then you have a universe of knowledge (and opinions) to impart. The world of beekeeping has as many facets as a honey bee’s compound eye and each facet looks toward the future by sharing experiences from the past.

Let’s face it, it’s not as though the unwashed masses are clamoring to become beekeepers. There’s only a limited number of people in each generation that have the courage to stick their hands into a box of 20,000 stinging insects, but by doing so we preserve a vital part of the local ecology. Keeping the honey bee alive on Long Island is our collective task and the future of that mission is entirely up to us. We are the future of beekeeping.

If Henry V was a beekeeper, he might have encouraged us thusly (with apologies to Mr. Shakespeare):

We few, we happy few, we band of beekeepers;
For thee today that is stung with me
Shall be my comrade; be thee ne’er so ordinary,
The honey bee shall ennoble their condition;
And common folk, now a-feared,
Shall think themselves unworthy they were not here;
And hold their courage cheap when the bee flies
Whilst we did take their honey upon this summer’s day.

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: March 2013



We missed having a February meeting, so hope to see you all this month. The NEWBEES will have an opportunity to get some extra information by coming early for instruction by one of the Master Beekeepers. A refresher for anyone else is welcome too. Hopefully the rest of us are checking our equipment, feeding if needed, and planning for a wonderful Spring.
We welcome three new members, Robin Blakely, Nowell Baptiste, and Timothy Cerniglia Jr. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Please Pay Your Dues
Your continued support will give the club the opportunity to move forward with educational programs, the cost of printing and mailing newsletters and other mailings, guest speakers and other endeavors that make our club the long-lived organization that it is.
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, payable to LIBC, use
PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

Letters to the Editors:

Dear LIBC members
Something very bad happened to our bees that I would like to share with you. One of my medical students, who started beekeeping last year with 2 hives on Sands Point, talked to me this week about some very dark combs on one of his hives that had died. Having not seen it, I told it was probably wax darkening that normally happens, Then, as I looked yesterday through the 3 Hofstra hives, those colonies had also died; my hands become covered in a black deposit that was all over the lower combs. Not normal. Not only that, my eyes felt irritated that night and I was looking around for the source. Nobody else was experiencing it. This could be scary. Same story for our 5 hives on City Island that had died. We thought it was a black mould. Could be that Sandy blew in some really bad stuff that killed all of these colonies. Question is, if so, what else might those “purported” toxins have affected and where did they come from? I am getting samples of this “black stuff” from the different locales and will have them analyzed…..any thoughts on this… HPLC maybe? When the new packages come in maybe I should get rid of all the lower frames with the black deposit on them. Anybody else experience this? Lets discuss.

Regard, Patrick & Nancy

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: February 2013



What a great meeting we had last month! Standing room only with 83 members in attendance. The panel discussion of four of our Master Beekeepers was lively as was the discussion which followed. When you get four Masters together you get at least 10 different opinions. Add new beekeepers and seasoned beekeepers it made for an interesting meeting. As always the refreshments were delicious. Thank you for all who brought the tasty treats. The swap and sale had some interesting items. Hopefully that will be an ongoing event.

There was a lovely long line to pay dues at the meeting, 30 members are now in good standing. And we welcome these new members with their families: Robert K. Walz, Irina Potapova, James Purtee, Maria Hoffman, Don Pelchuck, Judith Andry, Matthew Oleanik, and David & Phyllis Stein. That leaves the other half of our members who have to pay their dues yet. Please send them to me as soon as possible to avoid waiting in line. Thanks.

Please Pay Your Dues
Your continued support will give the club the opportunity to move forward with educational programs, the cost of printing and mailing newsletters and other mailings, guest speakers and other endeavors that make our club the long-lived organization that it is.
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, payable to LIBC, use
PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

The Garden Column: The Planning

By Juergen Jaenicke, MG
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Hopefully you got all your seeds ordered and are ready for your spring gardening.

I am always looking forward to my seed catalogs so I can start planning my garden. when I receive them in the mail in January, I knew, that spring is not to far away and soon instead of shoveling snow, I will be shoveling manure.

It's still to cold to do anything outside, but you can start your seeds inside. We save the old egg cartons and start our seeds in them. Our laundry room is ideal for his purpose. Sunny and not too warm.

Looking over your seed supply, you can plan the rest of your garden. Make a drawing and figure out where to plant what. The things that worked for you last year, will work this year too.

I shall repeat my mantra: Soil preperation! (That's were the manure comes in) The better your soil, the more your garden grows. Have your soil tested for PH and adjust if needed.

Don't be afraid to mix it up. You don't have to have neat rows of vegetables all staked out!

You would need a large area for this kind of planting. Plant some vegetables with your roses, some herbs with your annuals, etc. Get the rest of the family involved. As you look thru the garden catalogs, ask your spouse and children what they would like to plant. Some people like flowers others like shrubs or trees. Stay with a budget and consider the labor involved. With other words: keep it simple.

Again, its still too early to do anything but planning. So start planning!

President’s Message: A Beekeeper’s Resolutions

By George B. Schramm, LIBC President

Well, I guess it’s that time of the year again. Actually it’s past that time of the year, but I suppose January it’s still early enough to make resolutions for the rest of the year. I guess I can just start with that list of resolutions from last year, there’s probably a few on there that I never ”resolved.” Now where is that? Ah, here it is, right where I left it last year.

Resolution #1. Do something with that unused equipment in the corner of the bee yard.

If I remember correctly, the Club is having some sort of equipment swap. Here it is on the web page: there will be a Bee Swap on January 27th at the Brush Barn in Smithtown. Great! I can bring that equipment over and maybe swap it for something else. Maybe I can even sneak that way-too-cute bee-shaped cheese grater into the pile without the wife noticing; maybe I can get something more useful for it like a new queen excluder. Oh, there will also be a Master Beekeeper Forum the same day! Well, that helps take care of resolution number two.

Resolution #2. Get somebody to answer all those nagging beekeeping questions in the back of my head.

I should start writing those down now. I bet I can stump one or two of them too. Maybe joining this bee club thing wasn’t such a bad idea. That reminds me…

Resolution #3. Pay member dues to Long Island Beekeepers Club.

Conni might not let me into the meeting without paying dues and Joan is going to need that money in the treasury to keep the Club running. I’ll write out that check now and put it in my wallet. Now, what else do I have here from last year…

Resolution #4. Learn how to raise queens.

That’s right, I wanted to save some money by learning how raise queens and maybe over-winter some nucs. I saw something about that on the club’s Yahoo Group. Here it is, Ray Lackey is hosting some meetings on queen rearing and the next one is on February 13th. While I’m marking that on the calendar…

Resolution #5. Go to Beekeeper’s Club meetings.

I’ll just mark that down on the fourth Sunday of every month (except February). And here it says that I can just add the Club’s calendar to my Google calendar. Well that was easy. Moira always seems to find interesting speakers for the meetings, and now at least I’ll have other beekeepers to talk to about bees once a month, since the wife is pretty much fed up with listening to me drone on and on (Reminder: use that joke at the next meeting). In fact, if I volunteer for the Club’s outreach program I can attend events and bore non-beekeepers with all my fascinating bee stories! I should put that down too.

Resolution #6. Volunteer for Club’s Outreach Program.

I’ll talk to Marianne at the next meeting about the events where the Club will have the observation hive this year. Gee, the Club does so many important things each year and all with volunteers. We really need to get more people to help.

Resolution #7. Get more volunteers to help with the Club.

We really need to find someone to be Club Secretary. I think I have some books here somewhere that could be useful. Here they are: “Using Shame to Get People to Do the Right Thing” and “Make Friends and Influence People Through Guilt.” I’ll just set those aside. I wonder if I can guilt Wayne into being president next year?

Resolution #8. Write the President’s Message for the newsletter one month in advance.

I’ll work on that one next month.

The Garden Column: January

By Juergen Jaenicke, MG
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Last year I wrote about poinsettas and how to keep them alive and well after the holiday season. (Look it up). Last month I wrote about houseplants.
Today I like to call your attention to: Orchids

We have a love affair with Orchids. They really beautify the place and make you feel like having an indoor garden. Orchids are available in most nurseries and even Loews and Home Depot feature them. They range in price from $10 to $50 depending on their size and rarety.

There are more than 800 genera of this unusual family of plants, with over 35,000 recognized species. While some orchids can grow very far north, 85% of them grow between the Tropic of cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

We happen to like the Paphiopedilums they come in a great diversity of colors and shapes. Most produce a single flower, lasting 6-12 weeks and the blooming season lasts from October to May.

LIGHT: Paphiopedilums may be grown in an east window or a south or west window shaded by sheer curtains, Direct sun, except early morning sun, should be avoided.

TEMPERATURE: Night temperatures of 60-65F are ideal for paphiopedilums with mottled leaves. Day temperatures should be close to 80F.

WATERING: A general rule is to allow the potting medium to go slightly dry between waterings. Water thoroughly every 5-7 days, depending on the season. Provide constant humidity by seting pots on wet stones. Good air circulation is recommended.

FERTILIZING: Use an orchid fertilizer or all purpose fertilizer at a rate of 1/2 tsp./gal. of water every other week o promote growth. To maintain the plant fertilize at a rate of 1/4 tsp./gal. Every fourth week, thoroughly leach out the pot with plain water.

POING MEDIA: In this area of the US, Douglas fir bark mixes are commonly used and perform very well for most orchids.

REPOTTING: Repot every 18 months or so before the potting media breaks down.

FLOWERING: After the orchid has finished blooming, cut back the flower spike leaving the foilage and continue with usual care. (see above).
Give it a try!

FROM THE EDITORS DESK: January 2013



Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all are ready for the busy year we have planned for you. This is the time to get your equipment in good shape and plan for Spring. With the lovely weather we are having maybe it will be here before we know it. I may be warm enough for me to check my ladies tomorrow. I would like to be able to give them another batch of syrup if they need it.
The recent edition of the American Bee Journal has a great article on the Super Storm Sandy and how it affected the Northeast. There are some quotes from our members and a photo also. If you do not subscribe to this good journal and would like to see me for a coupon for a discounted price for members of LIBC.
We welcome new members Veronica Sayers, Bette Lou Fletcher, Joanne Pitfick, Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann and thanks to the members who have already sent in their renewals.
Don’t forget that January 2013 your dues are due. Please try to mail them early so we can avoid the long line we had last year.

Queen Rearing Group Update

For those who could not attend the last Queen Rearing Group meeting, here are the minutes of the meeting.

· We are looking into purchasing three queen mothers of a single improved line to maintain some genetic diversity of stock.
· We will plan on raising nine batches of Queen Cells for sale to beekeepers. There will be three grafts from each of the three Queen Mothers.
· A plan was presented that had grafting on Wednesday evening at my house in Bohemia, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM for those 9 batches.
· Queen cells will be distributed to club members to get mated locally to preserve the breeding stock of our area.
· A schedule has been uploaded to the LIBC Yahoo Group.
· A Procedure for hive management for Queen Cell production has been prepared, based upon full participation in all 9 batches although we may have teams working together or individuals who only participate in a batch or two.
· These files were uploaded as PDF files (so everyone can read them) and their basic format (XLS or PPT) in case you want to tailor for your participation or plan.
· I will run a grafting workshop on either Wednesday, May 1st or the following Saturday, May 4, at my house where we will practice grafting and use these grafts to collect some Royal Jelly for later grafting use in cell preparation. TBD at later date.
· Ideally, you or your team would participate in the grafting, take a frame of grafted cells home, transfer to a finisher colony, and then sell off the queen cells to club members who would then start a nuc with the queen cell for ; 1) current hive queen replacement, 2) keeping a nuc for spare queen, sale to someone who needs it and didn’t plan for it, or if not needed try to overwinter as either nuc or single story hive, or 3)mated queen sale.
· Queen cells would be ready for pickup either Friday evening or Saturday morning, depending upon participant’s schedule. Remember cells need to be kept warm. We will look into cell covers to protect cells and allow emergence to extend time of potential pickup and use.
· Participation will require a small investment (Queen mother purchase, queen cell production equipment, and commitment of bees)
· A full participant would need two queen cell bar frames, two dedicated hives for nurse bees and finisher hive use, and a nuc box or hive body (Medium ok) for starter colony.
· Grace will build some Queen cell bars for sale to participants.
· I will look into purchasing a batch of queen cup holders/queen cups for sharing rather than each individual purchasing their own.

We will consider a Queen evaluation Procedure to track and evaluate our queens for future local selection of queen mothers.
Issues:
o Queen Mother Lines: Information to go to Lackey, he will select, purchase, and maintain)
o Brokering of queen cells: gathering list of those interested, map of participants, communication protocol, distributing those developed.
o Potential price for finished cells paid to finisher: $5/cell
o Potential price paid to Lackey or substitute for larva preparation, grafting aid, and grafting materials: $TBD/frame of cells

Consideration of a group interested in building some custom beekeeping equipment:
o Use club Yahoo group mail to share ideas, improve concept, finalize design.
o Temporary teams or groups could come together to build.
o Would be nice to share drawings or sketches in a common format. Anyone got a drafting package and some time to aid the group?

Additional planning meetings:
o February 13 @ 7PM at Lackey’s
o March 13 @7 PM at Lackey’s

Uploaded some files to the Yahoo group. Don’t forget to sign up!

Plant A Honey Bee Friendly Garden

By Juergen Jaenicke
(Research from the internet and other sources)

It isn't difficult to make your yard, garden or even patio space a haven for honey bees. You'll be helping these insects as well as being able to watch them collect their nectar and pollen right in your own backyard.

The greater the plant diversity, the more bees you will support. Always try to choose as many native plants as possible and check with your local Cooperative Extension to find plants that will thrive in your area.

Honey bees will be attracted and nourished with nectar producing plants. Wild flowers, including asters, goldenrod, sunflowers, even dandelions will provide food for your hives. Also plant flowering vegetables and fruit.

Don't forget long blooming flowers or a variety of plants that will bloom at different times throughout the spring and fall. Honey bees need to eat until they retreat to their hives for the winter. Try to group at least ten (10) bee plants in a bunch or grouping.

Honey bees need water: Provide a pond, a fountain, or some other water source.

No pesticides or herbicides. Do not use these chemicals! Some of them are toxic to your bees! Many of them will leave toxic residue for days and even weeks. Better to introduce good bugs to provide natural protection against pests and to weed by hand.

Following is a partial list of tried-and-true bee attractors:
Trees:
Black Locust (Robinia Pseudo-Acacia), One of the finest honey trees.
Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa). Huge shade tree. Bees love it!
Holly (Ilex opaca). Honey from holly doesn't crystalize for years.
June Berry, Service Berry (Amelandchier anifolia).
Linden or Basswood (Tilia americana). Makes Great Honey!
Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia).
Maple (acer) Important spring food for bees!
Persimmon (Diospyros virgiana) Good for spring buildup.
Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum). Sourwood honey has been winning prizes all over the world.
Sumac (Rhus). Produces excellent honey.
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron Tulipifera). Excellent shade tree.
Tupelo, Sweet Gum (Nyssa) Willow (Salix) One of the earliest tree to produce pollen.

You can add to these: Fruit Trees. Any fruit tree offers forage for bees and human alike.

Bee an Ambassador

We need your help to spread the good word about honey bees and beekeeping on Long Island.
Every year the Club participates at various events on Long Island where we set up tent, exhibit an observation hive, display sample equipment, hand out information, and answer questions about bees and beekeeping. We need knowledgeable and enthusiastic members, like you, to help the Club at these events.
We're asking our members to volunteer a small amount of their time to be a Club Ambassador. Upcoming events are listed below and on our Special Events web page. You can send us an email or sign up at our next meeting, to let us know which event and what hours you can volunteer.
No one can spread the word about the importance of honey bees and beekeeping better than a beekeeper!