Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

Pollinator Day at Hoyt Farm, Saturday, July 13th

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

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


July

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

August 24th & 25th

39th Hallockville Country Fair

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

6038 Sound Avenue • Riverhead, New York 11901

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

Club Picnic




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

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LIBC Observer Request Information

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

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

From the Editor's Desk: June 2019

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

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

- Emily Dickinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Editor's Desk: May 2019

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

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

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

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



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

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From the Editor's Desk: April 2019

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

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Chen
President, LIBC
Javis Ctr Visit 3-2019
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From the Editor's Desk: March 2019

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

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

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



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

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From the Editor's Desk: February 2019

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

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

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

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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From the Editor's Desk: January 2019

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

President's Message: Steve Chen, LIBC President

Dear Friends and Club Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LIBC Meeting Schedule for 2019

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

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

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

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

May 26th: Ask a Master Beekeeper

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

July 28th: Club Picnic

August 25th: TBA

September 29th: Jon Zawislak

October 27th: Honey Judging Contest

November 24th: Honey Tasting Contest

December 8th: Holiday Party