Honey Bees and Beekeeping Workshop

Presented by the Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club

with generous support from the Cayuga Nature Center

Learn about honey bees and the joys of beekeeping, and network with beekeepers of all experience levels.

 


When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Registration starts at 8:30am.

Where: The Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd  Ithaca, NY 14850-9510

Registration details:

Pre-registration (general public):  $20 individual, $10 student

Pre-registration (club members):  $10 individual, $5/guest, $5 student

On-site registration (general public): $25 individual, $10 student

On-site registration (club members): $15 individual, $10/guest, $5 student


Workshop  Topics

Morning topics:

Morning topics are held seminar-style, with a break in between.  After the speaker finishes, you will have an opportunity for Q&A.

Honey Bee Basics or Wax Handling* (Choose one)
A Year in the Bee Yard or Money from the Hive* (Choose one)
Equipment Basics or Top Bar Hive* (Choose one)

There will be a light lunch for sale, or you can bring a brown bag lunch

Afternoon topics:

In the afternoon, you will have a chance to select from two of the following simultaneous breakout sessions.  These sessions will be smaller, more hands-on and interactive.

Hands-On Frame Assembly
Beekeeping Equipment In-Depth
What’s it Cost?  (Beehive start up cost estimations)
Top Bar Hives In-Depth*
Honey Bee Plants of Upstate New York*

* notes topics of particular interest to beekeepers with a few stings on their hands


Raffle!

This year, we will raffle exciting door prizes including:

  • a nuc colony of bees ($90 value)
  • a beginning beehive from Dadant & Son’s (some assembly required!)
  • a gift bag of honey and sundries from Avital’s Apiaries (retail value $25)
  • a $25 gift certificate to Dadant & Son’s Beekeeping Supplies

Handicap sign


Due to the historic nature of the Cayuga Nature Center facilities, there is limited access for individuals with physical impairments.  Contact Matt Sacco at the CNC (607-273-6260 x224) to discuss your personal situation if you need more information.


Questions?  Contact Shelley Stuart (MoviePen@gmail.com)

 

Meeting Minutes, October 21, 2012

About 25 beekeepers gathered on Oct. 21st for the October FLBC meeting.  First some important reminders:

  • It’s time to think about paying your 2013 dues.  Make your check payable to FLBC.  Your membership dues really help the club and you get all kinds of benefits like our newsletter, the ability to order nucs with the club, and being on the club mailing list, and more.
  • We tried an experiment this year in not taking deposits on nuc boxes.  The club ordered 40 nucs and we returned 40 nuc boxes. Great job everybody!!
  • Next month’s meeting is a week earlier than usual (Nov 11th).  We need some help getting the newsletter out before this.  Who wants to help?  Who wants to contribute? Contact Shelley at president@flbeeclub.com.
  • We now have a “Buy Local” section on our website.  If you sell locally, send Shelley your info and she will put it up; president@flbeeclub.com.
  • For our Spring Bee Basics workshop we need logistical help.  If you can help with contacting speakers, contacting vendors for the raffle, setting up programs, etc. contact Shelley.

At our last meeting out at the club hives, we saw a great example of the club members coming together for group decision making.  We went through the hives and decided that several of them simply had too many mites.  We had a great discussion to consider our options, what were the pros and cons of each, etc.  As a group we decided what to do.  This process provided us with a great sense of community and personal ownership over the decision on how to manage the group hives.  So this time, we came to the consensus that we would like to try this for other decisions.  It was time to make some decisions regarding wintering the club hives.  We had a discussion to review all the experiences of the members.  In the past we have done nothing special.  This year we decided to try a few new things: On some, shifting a top box back to provide ventilation and an upper entrance, while on other drilling a hole in the top box; wrapping weaker hives with Tyvek, and maybe, putting two together, wrap & put foam on top.  We decided to have a work party on Nov 4th Nov. to do all this.

As a final part of the business part of the meeting, we discussed setting up a student internship with Ithaca College or even working with the Ithaca College Dept. of Environmental Studies and Sciences to set up a 1-credit course to get help with the work associated with managing the club hives.  Folks agreed that this is a good idea in principle and Jason will look into it.  We also decided that the club should purchase or otherwise obtain some protect equipment (e.g. veils) to have at the club hives to use for visitors.

The “presentation” this month was a discussion on “what I should have done differently.”  Shelley started us off with her misadventures with metal queen excluders.  After a great discussion we concluded that in many cases bees do best when we manage them the least.  After Shelley, several members had a chance to bring up problems/questions that they had and get good (and often conflicting) advice for others in the room.

We hope to see you at the November meeting!

September meeting

Bee on goldenrod

Hello fellow beekeepers!  I’m watching my bees zip back and forth in the low morning light, fetching the goldenrod and knotweed nectars.  Flow is on!

Save Sunday September 16 for a get-together at the Club hives, for possibly the last outdoor meeting of the year.  We will do another Varroa test, and you will get to help with the last powdered-sugar treatment of this sequence.  Then we will discuss what to do next with the Varroa and the hives, and answer your questions on fall flow, fall honey harvest, winter prep and any Varroa questions you might have.

See you at the hives at 2pm!

Shelley Stuart

August Monthly Meeting

Yes we are having a monthly meeting!

This Sunday (August 19) at the club hives out at the Nature Center.  Planned activities; pulling the honey from the hives.  I hope to demo various methods of getting bees out of the supers.

I sincerely apologize that this notice comes very late in the month.  I am working on an organizational strategy to greatly improve communications!

Shelley

July Club Meeting

Picnic basket
On Sunday, July 15, the FLBC has reserved Pavilion G at Meyer’s Park in Lansing for our annual club picnic.  We held the picnic at Meyers last year as well; it offers swimming and plenty of activity opportunities for our junior beekeepers as well.
Unless you hear a shout-out from a club member, assume that this year’s picnic is strictly dish-to-pass, with no burger/hot dog/beverages provided by the club.  If someone has the time to organize this aspect you are welcome to do so!
The Park offers tables, benches and shelter; bring your picnic baskets (utensils, plates, etc.), bee stories, and questions.  We usually start congregating at about noonish.

 

May 20 Meeting

Club Hives

It’s almost the third Sunday of the month!  On May 20, from 2-4pm, the FLBC will meet at the club hives out by the nature center.  Sunday’s agenda:

  • making a split of one of the club hives (if hive conditions allow);
  • what to look for on your first inspection;
  • how to use hive tools and smokers.

As we inspect the club hives, we’ll also talk about “what do I do if I see this in my apiary” (from nothing to whatever we need).

You should bring the following with you:

  • Your bee suit (or at least a veil – no need to bring hive tools);
  • Water (there is none at the hives);
  • Folding lawn chair if you want a place to sit and rest;
  • Camera (if you want);
  • Any questions you might have!

See you Sunday!

2012 Geneva Bee Conference

Bee logoOn Saturday, March 24 the FLBC and Ontario-Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association sponsored a joint meeting featuring speakers Beth Capaldi-Evans and Tom Seeley. If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a snapshot of what you missed.

The many FLBC members in attendance heard Beth speak about bee behavior and how disease may (or may not) change the behavior of bees.  She also gave a good bee biology talk on the neurological mechanics of bee learning.  Who would have known that you could put a single honey bee in a soda-straw cage to research how they react to odors? 

Tom Seeley gave an overview of bees in the wild, beelining (tracking bees back to their hives), and compared his findings in the Arnot Forest with how we manage “domestic” bee hives.  A few take-away notes:

  • In the approximately 9 square miles of Arnot Forest, he located a mere 15 wild bee colonies.  (How many hives do you have on 100 square feet?)
  • The mean entrance size of a wild hive: 6 square inches (It’s a lot more for a Langstroth)
  • The mean altitude of a wild hive:  31 feet off the ground
  • The mean volume of a wild hive:  8-12 gallons (the equivalent of 1 deep)
  • Drift in hives in a close-packed apiary is high, if you spread them out, the drift (and, hypothetically, disease transmission) drops drastically (an ongoing study only recently started)
  • Bees propolise the inside of wild hives so much that they look polished, which they don’t do in a Langstroth.  Tom did not know why; would roughening up the inside of the hive body encourage bees to propolise it (which, theoretically, would increase the health of the hive due to the properties of propolis)?

Here are what other FLBC attendees thought: Continue reading “2012 Geneva Bee Conference”

February 2012 Meeting Report

February 19th Meeting Report

 

by Jason Hamilton, FLBC secretary

jhamilton@ithaca.edu

 

Website: http://flbeeclub.com

Contact officers: info@flbeeclub.com

Online beekeeping discussions: flbc@flbeeclub.com


Officer’s Meeting
Officers present: President Shelley Stuart, Vice-president Peter Borst, Second Vice President Matt Sacco, Secretary Jason Hamilton, and Publicist Lesli Sagan. Treasurer Marjorie Pryse was absent.

Our Own Honey Bees & Beekeeping Workshop
Shelley reported that the club netted $829 from our Honey Bees & Beekeeping Workshop.  After some discussion we decided that we will donate $100 to the Cayuga Nature Center for the use of the space.  Our general sense was that the workshop went quite well.  Next year we would like to try to get a donation of a lunch package for speakers & volunteers. The raffle didn’t bring in as much money as we expected, but we did make back our expenses. It seemed popular, so maybe next year we will try to get more donations of bee-themed items. The more advanced workshops worked well, were well attended, and were well received.  We decided that next year we will modify the morning schedule so that there isn’t the short workshop session before lunch.

Club fundraising
We had an extensive discussion regarding fundraising for the club. We concluded that while it is worthwhile to keep attending the annual plant sale, this isn’t a particularly good fundraising venue.  For fundraising, we decided that we want a significant presence at the Ithaca Festival this year. We want to participate in the parade on May 31st and get a booth for June 1-3rd.

Continue reading “February 2012 Meeting Report”

Honey Bees and Beekeeping Workshop

Presented by the Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club

with generous support from the Cayuga Nature Center

Learn about honey bees and the joys of beekeeping, and network with beekeepers of all experience levels.

 


When: Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Registration starts at 8:30am.

Where: The Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd  Ithaca, NY 14850-9510

Registration details:

On-site registration: $15 individual, $20 family, $8 student
(Preregistration is now closed)


Workshop  Topics

Morning topics:

Morning topics are held seminar-style, with a break in between.  After the speaker finishes, you will have an opportunity for Q&A.

Honey Bee Basics or Wax Handling* (Choose one)
A Year in the Bee Yard or Money from the Hive* (Choose one)
Equipment Basics or Top Bar Hive* (Choose one)

There will be a light lunch for sale, or you can bring a brown bag lunch

Afternoon topics:

In the afternoon, you will have a chance to select from two of the following simultaneous breakout sessions.  These sessions will be smaller, more hands-on and interactive.

Hands-On Frame Assembly
Beekeeping Equipment In-Depth
What’s it Cost?  (Beehive start up cost estimations)
Top Bar Hives In-Depth*
Honey Bee Plants of Upstate New York*

* notes topics of particular interest to beekeepers with a few stings on their hands


Raffle!

This year, we will raffle exciting door prizes including:

  • a nuc colony of bees ($90 value)
  • a beginning beehive from Dadant & Son’s (some assembly required!)
  • a gift bag of honey and sundries from Avital’s Apiaries (retail value $25)
  • a $25 gift certificate to Dadant & Son’s Beekeeping Supplies

Handicap sign


Due to the historic nature of the Cayuga Nature Center facilities, there is limited access for individuals with physical impairments.  Contact Matt Sacco at the CNC (607-273-6260 x224) to discuss your personal situation if you need more information.


Questions?  Contact Shelley Stuart (MoviePen@gmail.com)

 

January 2012 Meeting Report

January Meeting Reports

by David Hopkins, FLBC secretary

DavidH.Hopkins@yahoo.com

Website: http://flbeeclub.com

Contact officers: info@flbeeclub.com

Online beekeeping discussions: flbc@flbeeclub.com

January 16, 2012

Dear Fellow Honey Bee Enthusiasts,

The officers of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club met on January 15 with 5 officers present. President Peter Loring Borst, Vice-president Shelley Stuart, Treasurer Marjorie Pryse, Secretary David Hopkins and Publicist Lesli Sagan. Absent was Second Vice-President Darlene Bentley.

The agenda that was addressed includes:

The Spring Beekeepers Workshop for 2012.

After several conversations and a couple meetings we can announce that the Spring Beekeepers Workshops will be presented on Saturday February 11 at the Cayuga Nature Center. Anybody who is interested in helping out with presentations, setting up the facility, serving snacks, or other tasks are encouraged to contact a club officer or committee member.

 

Management of the Club Bee Yard.

The bees have been surviving well enough to provide some learning opportunities for club members. They also have provided income for the club, approximately $700 in 2012. There is a general frustration that the bees could be managed to be much healthier and productive while functioning well as a learning center that produces some honey for the club. It is troublesome, however, to manage the hives with only monthly inspections and a lack of continuity. Peter offered to lead the management of the hives and to work the bees as they need while continuing to involve club members during monthly hive inspections. David suggested that the management be a team effort that involves more of the club members. The conversation continues without resolutions.

Providing Nucs for Club Members.

Considering last years difficulty of returning nuc boxes to Wixon’s/Kutiks the decision was made to drop the demand for a deposit on the boxes. It caused conflict and may have been unnecessary. There was an 80% return of the boxes after some wrangling and reminding. This year there will be a $3 fee added to the price of the nucs that will pay a driver with a pickup to deliver and return the equipment. A distribution point will need to be determined. Club members can secure their orders for a maximum of 4 nucs by making a full payment of $90 to Treasurer Marjorie Pryce.

THE GENERAL MEETING

With 35 people in attendance Peter Loring Borst conveyed the agenda and information from the officers meeting. A general discussion indicates agreement about the purposes, merits and problems of the beeyard, the availability of nucs and the upcoming Beginning with bees Workshop.

Peter opened the floor to nominations for the officers of 2012 and a group of new officers was elected as follows:

President – Shelley Stuart

Vice President – Peter Loring Borst

Second Vice President – Matt Sacco

Secretary – Jason Hamilton

Treasurer – Marjorie Pryse

Publicist – Lesli Sagan

The meeting was closed.


Peter Loring Borst presented an informative and beautiful slide show of the chronology of honey bee plants of upstate New York.

The next meeting of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club will be held on Sunday, February 26 at the Extension Office, 615 Willow in Ithaca.

If there are any corrections, additions or questions please feel free to contact me.

David Hopkins

DavidH.Hopkins@yahoo.com

(607) 220-7400