Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

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

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

Guest Speaker: Kent Williams

Kent Williams has been a beekeeper for 30 years, and provides nucs, honey, and pollination services on a small scale, and also raises about 1500-2000 queens per year. He is an EAS certified master beekeeper, a past president of EAS and the Kentucky State Beekeepers, and teaches a queen rearing course throughout beekeeping season.


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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Sunday, May 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.

Behind the Barn: If the weather permits, and you want to watch a beekeeper open the hives behind the barn, then you will need to wear a proper veil and clothing.

Our meetings are held at
Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.
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LIBC in the News

"North Shore beekeepers, assemblymen work together to save bee colonies"
Read the entire article at: http://tbrnewsmedia.com/north-shore-beekeepers-assemblymen-work-together-save-bee-colonies/

Beekeeping 101 Class Schedule

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.

Below is a list of our planned topics for the class. Also, every class will have "Plants Blooming for Bees this Month" and a recommended reading list.

May: Methods of Supering & Taking Honey and Extracting
June: Queen Evaluation
July: Dearth Management
August: Winter Preparations (Resources, Queens, Mites)
September: The Last Treatment and Winter Bees versus Summer Bees
October: No class
November: To Wrap or Not to Wrap, and Storing Equipment
December: Clustering and Temperature Management
January 2019: Winter Feeding and Clustering
February: 2019 Spring Management
March 2019: Inspections or What to Plant for Bees

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

Guest Speaker: EAS Master Beekeeper Bill Hesbach, owner of Wing Dance Apiary in Connecticut

He will be discussing the "The Dynamics of Honey Bee Flight and Sexual Reproduction."
In part one, we will discuss how for decades honey bees managed to elude a scientific explanation of their mastery of flight until ultra high-speed videography and an understanding of air turbulence provided the first fascinating clues.
The second part will cover the biology of what happens after a queen finishes her mating flights both before and after egg laying starts. We will trace the migration of sperm through the queen's body and her fascinating ability to fertilize eggs for the production of workers and hold back on the fertilization of drones.

Bill Hesbach is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper and a graduate of the University of Montana’s Master Beekeeping program. He is an active educator in local area bee clubs and the president of the Connecticut Queen Breeders Cooperative. In addition to running Wing Dance Apiary where he produces artisanal honey, Bill is an author and his writings on different aspects of beekeeping can be found in Bee Culture, BEEKeeping and Bee Craft magazines.

Bill is an advocate of sustainable beekeeping and serves on the board of the Connecticut Back Yard Beekeepers Association and assists the Connecticut Beekeepers Association in their statewide efforts to educate beekeepers. Among his many interests in beekeeping, bee biology and two-queen systems are among his favorites. As a bee ambassador, Bill conducts educational seminars in local schools, area universities, and is a regular guest speaker at other regional bee 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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From the Editor's Desk: April 2018

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I had six inches of snow on Easter and that afternoon my bees were flying. Tuesday it was warm enough to pop the hive open and add some more fondant. One lady was so happy she walked on my bee suit sleeve and left a trail a bee poop dots! I am going to lift them off with scotch tape and mail them to my eight year old grandson who is fascinated with bee biology so he can look at the poop under the microscope. Hope he finds something interesting. Set up my other hives waiting for my nucs to arrive, hopefully after the coming snow storm on Saturday.

We had one hundred three people sign the clip board at our last meeting and I counted at least fifteen more people who forgot to sign in! We are tipping the scales for all time records for attendance! Two more members renewed this week as well as new members joining via Paypal all the time.

Welcome the new members Janet Metcalf, Katie Stockhammer, Theresa Labrozzi, Karen Ulrich

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.

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

Guest Speaker: Michele Colopy on Pesticides Wintering in Your Hives

The health of honey bees is impacted by the cumulative effects of pests, pathogens, pesticides, and poor forage. Learn the pesticide exposure routes for bees, the synergistic effects created, and how we can work to reduce pesticide exposures, and ensure healthier honey bees.

Michele Colopy has been the Program Director of the Pollinator Stewardship Council since March 2013. Her father was a beekeeper in southeast Ohio. She keeps honey bees in the city, and has replaced her crabgrass front yard with pesticide-free pollinator flowers for her honey bees and native pollinators.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization of beekeepers whose mission is to defend managed and native pollinators, vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply, from the adverse impact of pesticides.

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: March 2018

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My surviving hive is still flying today after two nor’easters. We have another due tomorrow and I am just praying that these girls will get huddled up close again. I didn’t see them on the crocus or snow drops and I have yet to ever see them on the witch hazel. Hopefully they are over at Camp Edey, the Girl Scout Camp directly west and the Sans Souci Lakes where the skunk cabbage is native. They still have fondant, waiting for the snow to melt so they can find the dandelions!

Please welcome these new members, Amy Smith, Michael Rocco, Michele Garr, Richard Brown, Trish Devenish, Michelle Peluso, Patricia Werner, Jasmine Wolber, Brett Klug,Neil Rodgers and Kathy Scalzo.

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 by March 31, 2018 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 Conni to update your classified ads connistill@aol.com

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

Guest Speaker: Stewart Jacobson on Varroa Resistant Queens Are the Foundation of Sustainable Beekeeping

The vast majority of honey bee scientists agree that the varroa-mite complex is the number one reason for colony losses. This is not to minimize the roles of habitat destruction. Varroa Resistant queens are of critical importance to increasing the survival of honey bees. We need many more queen producers to focus on raising them. Varroa resistant breeder queens are readily available and small scale producers in this region can raise daughters that will be both resistant to adapted to the Long Island environment.

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 2018

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What a crazy month! Bees flying last week, bee poop all over windshield, fed with five slices of fondant and they seemed very happy and busy. Today three inches of snow flurries! Can’t wait to see what the Super Blue Moon will bring and the Ground Hog will bring this week.

This month’s meeting had to be the record breaker, There were 112 sign ins and I know some of you didn’t sign in! Fifty members renewed their memberships and 24 families joined the club We welcome them and the other new members who joined via email: Nancy Miller, Gabriele Handley, Brian Georgens, Joseph Magnoli, Victoria Cautela, John Mauceri, Brian White, Scott Muller, TJ Adams, Mark Ciechanowicz, Richard Fredericks, Deborah Trainor, Phylis Byrne, Andrea Bertolino, Sandy & Andy Maliszewski, James Aiello, Diane & Adam Gorecki, Robert Anderson, Brian Beatty, Edith St.John, Sharon & Don Hoey, Barbara & Ron Wallace, Jennifer Vorbach, Deb Kimmelman, Brian Heenan, Alma Murphy, Scott furrer, Thomas Whelan, John Condzella, Leonard Carolan, Tamara Read, Kathleen Kelly, James C. Schultz, Erin Cathey, Grete Eide and Dan Battaglia.These new members come from all over the island from Far Rockaway to Cutchogue, from Northport and Oyster Bay to Oakdale and Southhampton and everywhere in between.

I’m sorry we ran out of membership cards, but they will be ready at the February meeting in a box in alphabetical order where you sign in, so pick yours up when you come in. And those who have no card ready……

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 to update your classified ads RAMOI@aol.com, LIBC