Beekeeping Workshops

The FLBC will not host a beginner’s workshop this year, instead focusing on more advanced topics by way of the Geneva Bee Conference in March. Here are other workshops offered in the greater area this winter:

Beekeeping for Beginners. Jan 20, 2016. 6-8pm. $20.  Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY  14865. 607-535-7161.

Advanced Beekeeping. Feb 17, 2016. 6-8pm. $20. Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY  14865. 607-535-7161.

Summer bee health

ChalkbroodIf you see white and/or black “mummies” in front of hive entrances, your bees might be battling chalkbrood.  Conditions this summer are conducive to chalkbrood, a common bee brood disorder.  It is a fungus that seems to thrive in cool, wet summers like this one is becoming.  The disease will weaken your hive.

Learn more online: there are multiple guides to brood diseases such as the Penn State one that is on our club website and also on the NYBeeWellness website.

Prevention involves plenty of good hive ventilation, and minimizing other hive stresses.  So keep on top of it and make sure your bees have a good location and plenty of honey!

– by Christina Wahl

Photo by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Beginning beekeeping: a short course

The Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club is pleased to offer a short (3-hour) course on Sunday, March 22 from 1-4pm, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building in downtown Ithaca.The cost of the program is $5. We have a few more spots available.

This abbreviated course will cover the very basics of what you need to consider when getting started with bees: equipment, a year in the bee yard, very basic bee biology, and further resources. The facilitators are David Hopkins and Peter Borst, veteran beekeepers.

If you would like a hard copy of the Penn State Extension Beekeeping Handbook, it will be available for an additional $7 (you must order in advance). You are most welcome to download the book, and/or print it on your own; the $7 simply covers our cost to print and bind the books.

To register and pay for the short course online, click here. If you would like to pay with a check instead, please email Ellie Andrews for a registration form ( If you have any questions, please let us know!

Calling all bee artists!

The Geneva Bee Conference seeks submissions for design, art, or photography to feature in the 2015 Conference program. The selected piece will be featured in the Conference program, and the artist will received a framed print of his or her submission. (In addition, we will offer a second framed print for the raffle.)

We are not looking for a particular subject, theme, or style. It should appeal to beekeepers, but other than that, your imagination is the limit! Paint, sketch, photo, photoshopped image… anything’s fair game.

Contact with additional questions!

The fine print:

  • Submissions are open now until January 15;
  • Work must be the artist’s original work;
  • By submitting, you agree to allow the artwork to be used for the Geneva Conference, but all other rights remain yours;
  • Initial submissions must be digital (jpg, gif, tiff), and at least 500px wide (keep your resolution high, so the art isn’t affected by the image file quality);
  • Include your contact information with each submission (Name, Club affiliation, email);
  • If your piece is selected for the conference, we will ask for a large, hi-resolution file for making the final prints and the programs;
  • Conference organizers are not eligible.

Submit your entry to We look forward to seeing your submissions!  Feel free to share this with any artists you know, beekeeper or not!

April 20 Club Meeting

Greetings fellow beekeepers!

It’s time to check your bees, feed the light hives, and analyze why your hives did (or did not) survive this long, cold winter. If you need help with this, the Club is offering our first, hands-on Deadout Clinic on Saturday, April 19 at the Cooperative Extension building. Check out the information below for details.

April’s meeting will happen as scheduled on April 20, from 2-4pm at the Cooperative Extension building. We hope this doesn’t conflict with Easter plans for you. We did a quick poll and rather than reschedule (which has not worked well in the past) we decided to keep the regular meeting date.

For our April meeting, we have invited Janet Allen to talk about pollinator gardens. Whether you keep bees for honey, or simply for pleasure, you can also cultivate your garden or garden box to support native pollinators. Janet is president and co-founder of the local Wild Ones chapter Habitat Gardening in Central New York. She is a past member of the Wild Ones Board of Directors.

From Janet’s web site:

Our yard, located in Central New York, is more than just a place to sit and relax, more than just a garden.

It’s a habitat where birds, butterflies, bees, toads, and other little creatures can find food, water, cover, and a place to raise their young; a place where there are no pesticides or herbicides used that would be unhealthy for these creatures or for people.It’s a place that’s full of life—a very exciting place to be.

It’s the kind of place you, too, can have in your own yard, whether you have an apartment balcony, a city lot, or acreage in the country.

We will be reaching out to gardening groups in the area, so expect this meeting to be well attended.

This will be our last indoor meeting — next month we’re back at the hives!

Geneva Bee Conference

Geneva 2014

The Geneva 2014 Bee Conference was quite a success, with 118 attendees from all over the Central New York region.

  • 78 of the 118 signed in.
  • 13 from FLBC
  • 29 from OFLBA
  • 13 from various clubs, schools, (WNYHPA, Mid York, Steuben Cty, ESHPA-Syracuse, Cornell, Hobart, etc)
  • 23 did not designate a club, school or city

Thanks to all who attended! We look forward to an even more successful event in 2015.

Geneva Bee Conference

beelogoThere will be no March meeting in Ithaca. Instead, join us for the Geneva Bee Conference, presented by FLBC and the Ontario-Fingerlakes Beekeepers Association.  Many conference vendors will take orders and you can pick up your orders at the meeting, to save on shipping costs. This year will also feature a silent auction, and debut the Great Honey Swap!

The 2014 Geneva Bee Conference (GBC) has three great speakers lined up: Dick Rogers (Bayer), Katie Lee (Bee Informed), and Chris Harp (  For information on the speakers and the talks they are giving, click on the Speakers link.

The GBC will be held on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in Geneva, New York, in the Vandervoort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.  The date is Saturday, March 22th, 2014.  For information on how to get to the college, click on Directions.  Cost for this great event will be $30/individual or $50/couple, but if you volunteer you get a bit of a break on the cost.

For the lunch break, people bring a dish to share (or cups/napkins/plates/utensils, or bottles of water, or…) and we’ll have coffee available.  We’ve always had a good variety of savory and sweet dishes that folks have brought.  If you prefer, you can brown bag it or there are places near the campus where you can go to get lunch.