Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

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

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



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

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Sunday, March 24: 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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From the Editor's Desk: February 2019

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

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

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

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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From the Editor's Desk: January 2019

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

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LIBC Meeting Schedule for 2019

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

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

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

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

May 26th: Ask a Master Beekeeper

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

July 28th: Club Picnic

August 25th: TBA

September 29th: Jon Zawislak

October 27th: Honey Judging Contest

November 24th: Honey Tasting Contest

December 8th: Holiday Party