Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

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

HONEYBEE SOCIAL


Rain or Shine
In addition to a plant sale and barbecue there will be our annual BEE SWAP.

You can bring bee related items and either sell them or swap them...
All items must have a tag with your name and asking price.
We will have tables setup outside for you to display the items for sale.

The club will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, water and ice tea.
We will also have some snacks to get the party started.
In addition we will have veggie burgers and we will brew a pot of coffee for the desert table.

If you would like to come please contact MOIRA at Ramoi@aol.com
The deal is if your last name ends in A-L you bring a salad
If your last name ends in M_Z you bring a dessert to share....

You may BYOB ...beer or wine... Realize that the club is not condoning drinking and driving. ;-)

WE NEED PORTABLE BARBECUES FOR COOKING

Hope to see you there and PLEASE no one is allowed to talk about varroa...
Wear your club t-shirt for a group photo, or at least wear a smile!

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: July 2017

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Much thanks to fellow beekeepers who are helping me with the lifting, Steve, Lorraine, Jim and Don so I have been able to do my mite check (very few) and treat, remove the treatment and check the one poor hive. That one seems to be a drone factory, either a laying worker or poorly fertilized queen. It did give us a good opportunity to examine for mites looking at all the drone brood, no mites. Wish I had some chickens to feed the larvae to. We have one more plan to try to save the hive, keep tuned. The other ladies are happily buzzing.
More new members joined this month, please welcome Astor Apiaries, Kevin Pain, Michael Moroney, Jeffrey Denecke, Ronald Williamson, Janet Gemmell, Anne Hansen, Edward Hague, Barbara and Frank Johnson.

Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, 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. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com,

Sunday, August 27: Beekeeping 101

Interested in beekeeping, but not sure of what's involved? Attend our free beekeeping for new-bees class: Beekeeping 101.
Before our regular monthly meeting, from 1:00 to 1:45, you can learn some of the basics of beekeeping and find out if it's right for you.
Our meetings are held at
Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
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Annual Greater New York Bee Conference - Hosted by the LIBC

5th Annual Long Island Honey Bee Conference
Hosted by the Long Island Beekeepers Club
Sunday, October 8, 2017
 
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale NY 11753
Roosevelt Hall Student Union

Registration and Sign In 8:30
  9:00 to 3:45

Price $65
Raffles and Door Prizes
Includes Continental Breakfast, Coffee Break, Lunch






Quantity of Tickets




 
Speakers
Jennifer Berry
Keeping Bees Alive: Part 1
Keeping Bees Alive: Part 2
 
Clarence H. Collison
Examining Comb: What Do They Tell You?
Queen Biology and Problems

Nicholas L. Naeger
The Fungal Pharmacy: Using fungi to combat varroa and viruses in the hive
Everybody Wants to be Queen: Lessons from queenless workers on managing group conflict
 
Bee Supply Companies Attending
Bee Smart
Betterbee
Mann Lake
Dadant
Brushy Mountain
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From the Editor's Desk: June 2017

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Checked my hives today, two of the three were ready for a second honey super. The third needs another few days. The ladies were very busy and happy, the nice warm weather has definitely been an improvement in their mood. I have a new lawn company so I am supplying him with a veil if needed now that they are so much more active. My first varroa mite roll was great, only one mite found in each hive. Going to schedule another one soon.
I’m running out of superlatives for each meeting. Another great attendance, new members, let’s welcome Larry Gentile, James Foote, Fabio Ferreira, Ellen Jeanne Dwyer, Kate Glinert, and Townsend Weeks.

Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, 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. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com,

AMERICAN FOULBROOD IDENTIFIED LOCALLY

Club members...
Donal Peterson was called to an apiary in Central Islip by a beekeeper that realized that something was not right in his beeyard. Donal inspected his hives and found characteristics of AFB in 4 of the 6 colonies. He contacted Paul Cappy, the NYS Head Apiarist, and a bee inspector will be sent to LI to confirm the ABF disease and assist in the elimination of the colonies within that apiary.

We are asking that beekeepers in the Central Islip, Hauppauge and the Islip areas to look for signs and symptoms of this brood disease:
  • Irregular brood pattern
  • Larvae turned from light brown to dark brown
  • Larvae die upright not twisted in cell
  • Cappings are sunken and punctured
  • Surface of cappings are moist or wet rather than dry
  • Dried out brood or scales adhere to the bottom or the cell wall
  • Scales are difficult to remove
  • Dead pupae have their tongues protruding at a right angle to the scale, or straight up
  • An unpleasant putrid "foul brood" odor which can be detected in the apiary or hive

Please use your beekeeping books to reread information about this disease so you are knowledgeable about what you are seeing within your colonies....Please use your tools only in your own colonies...Please do not share equipment until we determine that this is a sole location...

If you have a colony within your apiary that has AFB characteristics please call Donal Peterson who will come to check your hives so that we can contain this brood disease...
DONAL PETERSON: 631-827-1810

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

Chris Cripps, Owner of Better Bee


What To Do If Your Bees Are Sick: Antibiotics in the hive, brood disease, varroa, and where to look for a veterinarian

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: May 2017

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The bees are so happy today, sunny, hot, the rain is gone for a few days, flowers blooming all over. Now beekeeper has to check for mites and add a honey super.
We welcome more new members: Katherine Redman, Jon Lochner, Kathleen Rezler, GardenFork Media LLC, Douglas Poat, and Maggie Kirwin.

Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, 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. Also please update your copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com,

EAS 2017 Annual Conference

EAS 2017: University of Delaware, Newark DE, July 31 - August 4
Eastern Apiculture Society’s Annual Conference takes will be hosted by the University of Delaware, Clayton Hall Conference Center. Everything is in one big area from cafeteria to meeting rooms to vendors to shows and of course the program itself.
Presenters include: Jennifer Berry, Michael Palmer, Tom Seeley, Marla Spivak, Jay Evans (USDA), Jim Tew,Tammy Horn, Bart Smith, Maryann Frazer, Kim Flottum, Vince Aloyo,

There will be excellent speakers and variety from the very practical beekeeping to the more scientific bee talks. The short course will have a beginner, an intermediate and more advanced beekeeping tracks. Conference mornings will feature our award winners and keynoters of note and the afternoon will feature several options for workshops. We will have an auction night event on Thursday and our banquet on Friday night on-site. Tours will include some of the outstanding DuPont property mansions and gardens of the area. Or stroll over to the beeyard for a look at our local colonies.

http://easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2017/2017-registration.html

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

Jennifer Tsuruda: Behavioral Resistance to Varroa


Originally from California, Jennifer has been studying honey bees for over 15 years. She received her PhD at the University of California at Davis and was a postdoc researcher at Purdue University (in Indiana) and has studied honey bee foraging behavior, reproductive physiology, behavioral resistance to mites, and genomic imprinting.
Since joining Clemson University as SC’s Apiculture Specialist in 2014, she has been organizing and speaking at beekeeping meetings, developing training programs, guest lecturing, participating in field days, holding outreach events, and advising the SC Beekeepers Association & the SC Farm Bureau’s Apiculture Committee. She has been working on pollinator protection with Clemson’s Regulatory Services and has a research project on the effects of systemic insecticides on honey bees in ornamental plant landscapes.
Active in the academic and beekeeping communities, Jennifer serves as past President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists, Vice-Chair of the Heartland Apicultural Society, and past member and chair of the Entomological Society of America’s Student Transition and Early Professionals Committee. Clemson is quickly becoming her home and she looks forward to developing her career in SC and sharing her enthusiasm for honey 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: April 2017

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It was so exciting to see bee poop on my windshield yesterday! John hived his package on Sunday and his girls checked out their new property and made sure to mark my car so I knew that they were there! The new plastic cages are very nice and light and so much easier to get all the bees out than the old wood and wire mesh ones.
I am looking forward to receiving my nucs, hopefully next week so the air will be buzzing soon. The flowers are calling, I have daffodils that aren’t the most interesting, still have crocuses, but the hellebore is blooming nicely. They are hard to see the bees since I have the Lenten variety which is purple and the bees don’t show up as easily. I should plant another variety.
I think last month’s meeting was an overwhelming winner with 120 members attending! The line of new members and members renewing their membership before the deadline was amazing. We welcome these new members: John Lesser, Steven Schwartz, Ginger Dammann, Alexandra Johnson, Jonathan Albright, Richard Desney, Pat Zoll, John & Colleen Riley, Matthew & Katina Bertolino, Chris Gartung, Ed Mirasol, Peggy Coyle, Patricia McLaughlin, and Steven Niggles.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly.

From the Editor's Desk: March 2017

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Standing Room Only at the last meeting. Great meeting with excellent speaker. Lots of wonderful information at Beekeeping 101 with many new beekeepers checking in. Some are looking for mentors, so if you get a call from some of these new members, please give them help when you can. Remember what it was like when you were a newbee! Welcome to the club Simon Bromberg and family, Tore Wubbenhorst, Troy Nelson, Fanny Silva, Matt Francisco, Caitlyn & Mike Hanft, Christopher Gee Jr. Maria Tom, Jay Borow, John Tietjen, Ronald Williamson, Amanda Oswald, Pam Donovan, Judith Pittigher, Edward Otero, Ed McGarr, and Mohammad Khan.


Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly.

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

Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate at Cornell University


Ms. Mullen will be presenting information on the new NYS Master Bee Program and about her research project involving pesticides, viruses, mites and nosema using management practices from 60 beekeepers in NY.

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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Introduction to Beekeeping Seminar

March 15, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm

No fee – all welcome

Presenter: Master Beekeeper Chris Kelly, Promised Land Apiary

At:
Talmage Farm Agway
1122 Osborn Avenue
Riverhead NY 11901

Please RSVP to agway@talmagefarm.com or call 631.727.3100

From the Editor's Desk: February 2017

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Another fantastic meeting with lots of new members. We welcome to the club: Bhivani and Joe Jaroff, Lauren Walsh, Colin Sealy, Stephanie Arroyo and Joseph Pilkington, Bruce Talmage, Peter Kohlmann, Alexandra Hurley and Kerry Reetz.

Please remember your dues are due in January, and to prevent long lines at that meeting a check in the mail or PAYPAL ahead of time is GREATLY appreciated.
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting.

Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly.

2017 Hive Sterilization Irradiation Event

If you have dead out equipment, bought used equipment, or had colony contract American FoulBrood or another disease that will carry over to this spring and infect your bees you should take part in the 2017 hive irradiation sterilization program.

You will need to deliver your hive equipment to Sterigenics at 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08078on Monday March 13th at about 11:00 A.M. For more information please see the attached document. For the full details on how to participate, the cost, and view the video on how to prepare and palletize your equipment go to http://www.montcopabees.org/services-resources/irradiation/ .

This process allow you to sterilize hive boxes, frames, wax, honey and pollen and safely put it back into your operation without the risk of infecting new bees or spreading disease in your apiary. Be safe not sorry for your bees.

Thank you.

Mark Antunes
Montgomery CountyPA Beekeepers
PennsylvaniaBeekeepers
484-955-0768
honeyhillfarm@verizon.net

From the Editor's Desk: January 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I had a great holiday visiting my son and his family in California, just outside of Los Angeles. One afternoon I spent an hour photographing honeybees on the huge jade plant in the garden. The fragrance was amazing and the girls were enjoying collecting the nectar. That evening we spent some time exploring the new microscope my grandkids got for Christmas. Here is a picture of 4 year old Mia examining the leg of a honeybee from a prepared slide. It was lots of fun.
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I have received a few renewals for membership 2017 but a large number of new members. We welcome Thomas Glover, Jennifer Krauss, Sheila Routh, Giuseppina Mannino, Kevin Gersh, Isabelle Salvaterra, Joseph Campanella, Cynthia Chapman, Diana Cristiano, Martin & Barbara Haerter, Lori & Carmine Mileo, Aluce Taudel, Robert Mozer, Bremelin Romero, Patricia Sheehan & family, Alex Lieberman-Cribbin, Bernard Kennedy, Jane Testa, Fermin Ortiz, Jane Kosovsky, Carissa Herb,and Brian Breult,
Most of these new members paid via Paypal which is very convenient, however it did not give me personal information, address and phone number. I would appreciate it if these new members could email me with this information for our data base. Thanks.

 
 
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A new Honeybee has arrived at the Breault Apiary! Welcome to Seren who was born Dec 17th, 7lbs 15ozs 20in! Congratulations from the rest of the hives!
 
Please remember your dues are due in January, and to prevent long lines at that meeting a check in the mail or PAYPAL ahead of time is GREATLY appreciated.
   Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, use  PAYPAL,  or pay directly at the next meeting.
 
Please remember that dues are due by end of March to remain a member in good standing. Please mail your check or pay online using PAYPAL.
Any member who has not paid their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters so please pay promptly. Also please update your copy for your ads. See the notice from Moira at the end of the newsletter.

The Garden Column

By Lorraine Leacock, Master Gardener
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)

January in the garden...brrr...but Snowdrops, Galanthus, camouflage in the landscape and burst through the frozen soil, delighting both gardener and honey bee.  These tough-as-nails perennial bulbs are easy to grow and ideal to plant surrounding your hives for those rare 50 degree mid winter day cleansing flights...your girls will appreciate the fresh nectar and pollen source the blooms can supply. There are 168 varieties listed on garden.com, The National Gardening Association’s plant database. 
 
I was lucky enough to have these pop up in my garden from a prior owner 25 years ago. Having never touched them, they emerge every year like clockwork.  The foliage will disappear in the summer so you can layer with other perennials, annuals or ground cover...or position in a woodland/wild area and just let nature take over. 
 
Put this on your to-do list for the fall:  Acquire bulbs to plant 2-3” deep, 3” between (they will multiply) in full sun to light shade where they will receive light to moderate moisture...may I say as close to your colonies as possible :)
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