Keeping bees on Long Island since 1949.

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!
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