Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, July 19

Our club meeting will be held on JULY 19th at the Brush Barn in Smithtown. We will be social distancing under the oak trees in front of the barn. Everyone is to bring their own chair and wear a mask.

We will have a table to sign in and a place to drop your dues...

There will be some great door prize giveaways but you have to attend the meeting to be entered in the opportunity to win bee supplies

Donal will be opening his hives from 1230 to 1:00. First come, first served, with the attendees limited to a max of 15 by the hives. Wear a mask please along with a veil.

The meeting will start promptly at 1:15pm . So please around 1 pm so you will be seated and ready to go by 1:15pm.

We will begin our meeting with board members presenting what has happened in the club this month and how our club will be handling meetings in the future months..

SHORT BREAK

Our format for this club meeting is 4 mini presentations by our own Master Beekeepers. Joan will talk about American Foul Brood in New York State and how to spot it in your hive. Moira will give us information on different ways to remove honey frames from the hive and how to extract it. Grace will talk about Varroa Mites (again, sorry, but it is important). And finally, Nick Hoefly, who is just finishing up his Master Beekeeper quals will talk about managing City Bees, as his hives are in Queens.

Our meeting will be at the Smithtown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown.

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June 28th Meeting at Peconic Herb Farm, Calverton

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming LIBC June 28th meeting. We have changed the format and location to allow us to social distance and conduct our meeting outside in a beautiful location here on Long Island.

Our meeting will be held at the Peconic River Herb Farm, 2749 River Road, Calverton, N.Y. 11933. There will be Bee Club signs posted once you enter the property. The herb farm is located about 1/2 mile west of Edwards Ave, after you get off the LI Expressway at Exit 71, just before the LIRR crossing. This is a location on the Peconic River with all types of plants, vegetables, and herbs for sale.
See their website at: http://prherbfarm.com/.

If you want, you can bring a picnic lunch for before or after our meeting. We will not have a hospitality table or beverages. Please bring your own water, etc.

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS AND WEAR A FACE MASK WHILE ON THE PROPERTY

We will begin at 1pm with a presentation from Grace Mehl on the topic of Nectar Flow and Honey.

Donal Peterson will conduct a short club meeting at 1:30

EAS Master Beekeeper Debbie Klughers (LIBC member) will be speaking about Starting a Public Bait Hive Program and The Importance of Swarm Management

For all those interested, following the meeting may watch a hive inspection by Roy Baillard who runs bee colonies on the property. Must have a bee veil to participate.

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April Club Meeting Has Been Cancelled

Fellow Club Members and Friends,

As you know, due to the presence of Coronavirus, a state of emergency has been declared in the State of New York. Health authorities have advised everyone to be cautious and avoid large gatherings whenever possible.

After careful evaluation, the board members of the Long Island Beekeepers Club, in consideration of our over 300 members’ welfare, safety, and health concerns, have unanimously decided to cancel our April club meeting. We will keep everyone informed as to when we will resume our regular club meetings, of course.

Until we meet again at a Long Island Bee Club meeting, I wish you all a wonderful, healthy, productive, and enjoyable beekeeping season ahead.

Donal Peterson
President, LIBC

Online Help for New Beekeepers

You can find online videos, recommended by the Club, on our Beekeeping Education page.
There you can find information about:
  • Installing Packages
  • Installing a Nucleus Colony
  • Swarm Control
  • Splitting Hives
  • Dealing with Dead Outs

Next Club Meeting on Sunday, February 23

Guest Speaker: David Peck

Topic: Tom Seeley's Research - The Way Bees Live in Nature / The Evolution of Mite Resistance

Doors open at 12:30. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

1:00 PM: What's Happening in the Hive with Grace


Our meeting will be at the Sisters of St Joseph Conference Center, 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood NY.
The entrance to the grounds is at the intersection of Brentwood Road and 5th Avenue. The meeting room is inside Building 2, the one with the green dome on the roof.


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Next Club Meeting on Sunday, January 26

Guest Speakers: Ed and Marian Szymanski

Ed and Marian will be presenting information about plants that provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and other pollinators in Eastern Massachusetts. Emphasis is placed on plants that provide quality food for bees and good nectar supply for honey production throughout the year, as well as on providing a diverse selection of plants for the bees to choose from. We will also talk about what makes a good bee plant, and what to avoid.

Ed and Marian Szymanski are homesteaders and beekeepers. They live on just over one acre of land in Franklin, Mass. on a lot planted with fruits, vegetables and flowers, and as little grass as possible. The homestead includes bees and chickens, and a wide variety of fruits, berries, vegetables and pollinator-specific gardens. Their recent focus has been on identifying plants that provide quality food to bees and other pollinators and incorporating them into the homestead landscape. They are members of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, and Ed currently serves as Intermediate Bee School Director for Norfolk County (MA) Beekeepers Association and Program Coordinator for Rhode Island Beekeepers Association.

Doors open at 12:30. The meeting starts promptly at 2:00.

1:00 PM: What's Happening in the Hive with Grace
This month's the topic is "Bees in Winter"


Our meeting will be at the Sisters of St Joseph Conference Center, 1725 Brentwood Road, Brentwood NY.
The entrance to the grounds is at the intersection of Brentwood Road and 5th Avenue. The meeting room is inside Building 2, the one with the green dome on the roof.


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From the Editor's Desk: January 2020

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Last Sunday my bees were flying. Today it is snowing. Hopefully the girls are all clustered snugly around their queen and staying warm for the duration.
The pictures on Face Book of the fires in Australia, of the burning beehives were heartbreaking. And knowing that acres of Manuka trees were burned as well, which will take many years to recover this valuable source of honey is just devastating for this country. Also the earthquakes in Puerto Rico where a large source of income comes from honey just makes me so sad. It makes me renew my desire to continue maintaining my hives as difficult as it is with my arthritis. But thanks to the willingness of club members to give me a hand, I feel I have to do what I can to keep my apiary helping our planet.
DUES DUES FOR 2020 ARE DUE!
Annual dues are $35. Please send a check payable to LIBC to Conni Still at 82 Stephen Road, Bayport, NY 11705, or use PAYPAL, or pay directly at the next meeting. Any member who does not pay their dues will not receive future newsletters nor have free advertising in future newsletters, Also please update your Classified Advertising copy for your ads. Send your information to Moira Alexander at ramoi@aol.com and put LIBC classified ads in the subject line.

TO AVOID A LONG LINE AT THE NEXT MEETING PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHECKS MADE OUT TO LIBC FOR $35
OR BRING EXACT CHANGE. THANKS!