Long Island Beekeepers Holiday Party
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2:00 PM
Find the details here.
Here are a few pictures from the Long Island Honeybee Conference at St. John’s University.See More...
Our honey judging contest was a lively affair as usual. We had a full house for the beekeeping 101 and then little by little the entries for the contest came in. This year we held things a little differently by putting the entries up on stage and pulling the screen down so the judges were able to do the judging in privacy. Thanks to the judges Ray Lackey and Donal Peterson for all their hard work and we had some great winners.See More...
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Plant roses only in places that get at lest six hours of sun daily, roses love sunlight, especially morning sun. Good air movement is also essential, but too much wind can damage foliage. And choose a spot far enough from large trees or shrubs, so those roses wont have to compete for light, water or nutrients.
As you prepare a new rose bed, remember you are planting for many seasons of lovely flowers. A rose garden needs good drainage and rich, loamy soil. Double digging and spading in peat moss, compost, fish scraps, seaweed and other organics will help.
Rose bushes work hard growing all those lovely flowers and all that work makes them hungry. Roses need to be fertilized several times a season, once as they begin to leaf out and once again after each flush of bloom.
Roses need plenty of water. They should have at least an inch of water a week throughout their growing season, water early in the day so the rose leaves dry quickly in the morning sun.
Mulch is a great addition to the rose bed. A few inches of bark dust or chips, grass clippings, pine needles or other organic coverings will help to withstand extremes of heat and cold, while keeping the ground moist and preventing weeds. In addition, as the mulch breaks down, it adds nutrients to the ground.
Beware of Cherry Laurel
Cherry Laurel leaves contain cyanide and benzaldehyde that is capable of cutting of the air supply of an animal or human being resulting in death. Each Cherry Laurel leaf contains around 1.5 percent cynogenic glycosides, which produce glucose, hydrogen cyanide and benaldehyde when chewed. The leaves of the Cherry Laurel contain enough cyanide byproducts to be used by entomologists to kill insects for academic research without causing damage to the body of the insect, the specimen is placed in a sealed container containing crushed Cherry Laurel leaves that starve the insect of oxygen until it dies.
The Empire State Honey Producers Association will hold their fall meeting on November 15th &16th, at the Comfort Inn & Suites 6701 Buckley Road NorthSyracuse, New York.
The program will feature Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk (*Bee Alert* Technology, Missoula, MT), Dr. Beth Holloway (ARS Bee Lab, Baton Rouge, La.). Mr. Peter Borst (ABJ contributing author) and Kristine Jacobson (American Apitherapy Society). For details and registration go to http://eshpa.org/
The current issue of *The Producers* (ESHPA newsletter) is available online at http://www.eshpa.org/archive/Fall%202013.pdf
ESHPA is the premier beekeeping organization of New York, welcomes new members, and presents informational and educational programs twice a year.
The group has been promoting the interests of New York beekeepers since 1867.
I don’t know if anyone else has seen these “I am an Entrepreneur” posters that seem to pop up everywhere, but I decided that since beekeepers are entrepreneurs also, we needed our own version. You can download a letter-size version from the club’s Digital Library. After printing it out, you’ll find it suitable for framing or wrapping fish.
Below are updated directions to take you directly to the D'Angelo Center (building 36 on the map).
Grand Central Parkway from the East:
Take Exit 17, stay on the service road and turn right at 168th St. Turn right at Goethals Avenue; enter St. John’s campus at Gate 6; follow signs to D’Angelo Center.
Grand Central Parkway from the West:
Take Exit 16, stay on the service road and turn left at 168th St. Turn right at Goethals Avenue; enter St. John’s campus at Gate 6; follow signs to D’Angelo Center.
Long Island Expressway from the East:
Take Exit 25 at Utopia Parkway. Make a left on Utopia Parkway and proceed to Union Turnpike; turn right on Union Turnpike and then left on 168th Street. Turn left at Goethals Avenue; enter St. John’s campus at Gate 6; follow signs to D’Angelo Center.
Long Island Expressway from the West:
Take Exit 25 at Utopia Parkway. Make a right on Utopia Parkway and proceed to Union Turnpike; turn right on Union Turnpike and then left on 168th Street. Turn left at Goethals Avenue; enter St. John’s campus at Gate 6; follow signs to D’Angelo Center.
Don't Bother Me With Directions, My GPS Will Guide Me:
Try entering one of the following into your navigation device or program and do what the voice in your dashboard (or your head) tells you. Good luck with that.
Goethals Avenue & 170th Street, Flushing, Queens, NY
81-46 170th St, Jamaica, NY
Jennifer will be presenting her program “What is Natural Beekeeping? – Practical tips on keeping bees alive in today’s world” as well as a question and answer session on any topic from Absconding to Varroa.
Further information concerning times, directions and the potluck dinner is on our website http://www.southerntierbeekeepers.org or email Susan Carmalt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For two weekends this month, September 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, the Long Island Fair will be at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village. Once again the Club has been invited to participate by setting up a table at the event to promote the benefits of bees and beekeeping. Since one of the goals of the Club is to educate not just beekeepers but also the general public, this will be a great opportunity to fulfill that mission.See More...
The September 22 meeting will be at Suffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Center Cottage, Wicks Road, Brentwood.
Click here for details.
Presentations like Dr. Seeley’s help the Club to achieve its objective to further the general knowledge and success of its member beekeepers and to provide a forum for cooperation among beekeepers and those that work to improve the welfare of beekeeping and honeybees.
As a non-profit organization, the Long Island Beekeepers Club is solely dependent on the contributions of its members in order to bring eminent speakers, such as Dr. Seeley, to Long Island. As a beekeeper you’re aware of the beneficial impact bees have in the pollination of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and how important it is that we continue to provide educational programs for the promotion of beekeeping, and bee products and services for beekeepers on Long Island. We can only continue our mission through your financial support.
So please renew your membership, or become a new member, by visiting our Membership page here on the website. We have information on where to send your check, or how to pay your dues quickly and easily online, right now. Thank you for your continued support.
Long Island Beekeepers Club
2013 Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Friday, September 20 and 27 - 10:00 - 4:00
Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29 - 10:00 - 5:00
For more information about the Fair: http://www.lifair.org/
For more information about the Old Bethpage Village Restoration: http://tinyurl.com/67fcuuc
LIBC will have a booth at this event. To volunteer to be a Club Ambassador at this event, send us an email to let us know what days and hours you can volunteer.
Overwintering Nucs in Summer Dearth Areas
Bee Club Sponsored Queen and Nuc Program
Why Queens Are Failing
The Mystery and Myth of CCD and Pollinator Declines
Setting Up, Managing, and Wintering Nucleus Colonies
Raising Queens to Support Your Nucleus Colonies
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)
1. Now is the time to decide wether your lawn should be renovated or whatever it needs to be re-established. Cornell cooperative extension is the perfect place for answers.
2. Begin planting beans, peas, beets, lettuce, spinach and endive for a fall crop.
3. Pick off tomatoe hornworms if large indentations are evident on the leaves.
4. Tomato blossom-end rot can be reduced with careful regulation of soil moisture. Mulching will help,
5. Be aware of two-spotted mite damage on tomatoes during August.
6. Pinch houseplants so they will be well-branched when brought indoors.
7. Start building a new lawn now. If weeds or diseases were a problem this year.
8. Renovate or improve your old lawn now, if necessary.
9. If a few bare spots are present in your lawn, spot seed those areas between August 15 and September 15.
10. Perennials that have finished flowering should now be cut back. Be sure, to leave some foilage.
11. If there is evidence of powdery mildew on phlox, zinnias, roses and lilac, use ultra-fine oil, sulfur or thiophanate-methyl or biocarbonite according to the label direction.
12. If an exessive amount of thatch has been accumulated on the lawn, use a power rake or thatcher for its removal.
Check our Classifieds page.
I'm happy to report that our Club's website has been as busy as a, well, you know.
From July 1st of 2012 to July 1st of this year we've had 13,675 visits to the website (that’s right – over 13,000 hits!). Out of those visitors 9,803 were first-time visitors and the remaining 3,872 were people who came back for another look. That's an average of about 26 new visitors to the website every day. Our best day so far this year was on April 29th when we had 86 visitors. See More...
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)
• Control the adult stage of the black vine weevil (or taxus weevil) now and early thru mid-July. Apply acephate (Orthene) on foilage of and soil beneath taxus (yews) or rhododendron. Pitfall traps or beating sheets can help monitor adult activity. Hand pick in small plantings. Entomophagous nematodes may be used for soil-dwelling state (larvae) when larvae are present.
• Remove old flowers (but not foilage) from spring flowering bulbs.
• Prune shrubs that have just completed flowering, (weigela, philadelphus, deutzia, etc.
• Remove old flowers from perennials that have finished bloming.
• Take poinsetta cuttings now for blooming plants by christmas.
• The second spray application for birch leaf miner should be made during the second week of June (530-700 Growing-Degree Days). Use carbaryl, acephate, dimethoate or malathion.
• Apply an all-purpose spray (a combination of insecticide and fungicide) to apples every seven to ten days.
• Spray with acephate, or carbaryl in early-to-mid-June, 533-820 Growing degree days, o control euonymus scale crawlers on euonymus, bitersweet, and pachysandra again in mid-july, 1150-1388 GDD. Or use dimethoate soil drench.
• Examine for evidence of chich bugs on turf. Place a coffee can (with bottom cut out) over the edge of suspect area and fill with water for 5 minutes. If present, insects will float to top. Treat during June, Use an insecticide (carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, Aspon or isofenphos) Water lawn before treatment. Exept with Aspon and isofenphos, a second application may be necessary 2 to 3 weeks later. Water in granular materials immediately after aplication. Use endophyte-containing cultivars, Avoid drought!
Recently, researchers at the University of Illinois have combined thin silicon sheets of photodiodes and 180 elastic micro lenses and stretched them into a hemisphere. Each of these photodiodes is essentially a camera, and together these cameras can capture a 160-degree-wide field of view. Sound familiar? What these scientists are attempting to duplicate is the compound eye of an insect, like a honeybee. (The bee has other types of “eyes” on its head, the dorsal ocelli, but we’re going to discuss the functions of only the large compound eyes.)See More...
I hived my two nucs successefully and checked them several days later to see if they needed more sugar syrup. They had not taken down much syrup and have been flying well. Looking through the frames in the first hive I spotted the queen even before I saw her white dot. I have been a beekeeper for over thirty years, and I am still surprised at the thrill I get when I see the queen as she quickly moves over the frames into the darker corner of her hive with her retinue following her. Hive two was not as successful in locating queen or eggs and there had been some queen cells when I received it. Today was the day I was supposed to go back to check again, but of course it is raining. I hope tomorrow clears up so I can make sure I have a queen and everything is in order. I also need to make sure they have enough syrup since we had these few cooler days.
Our meeting was another fine group with several new members. We welcome Stephen Halliday, Mark Pueschel, Dai Dayton,
If interested in contributing to this voluntary, anonymous survey, beekeepers are being asked to answer the following four questions:
1. What County is your operation located in?
2. What size operation do you have?
(i.e. hobby (1-50 colonies), sideliner (50-300 colonies) or commercial (300 colonies and larger)
3. How many colonies did you have last fall and how many colonies do you have now in the spring?
4. If dead colonies present themselves, what is the dominant reason for colony loss? (Choose one or more)
High mite count.
A lot of honey, but few or no bees found and a small patch of worker brood present.
A lot of dysentery
Queen less or drone layer
Beekeepers may submit their responses via an online survey here or email their responses to Cathy Mural of NYFB’s Public Policy Division at email@example.com. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Thank you.
Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/05/13/183704091/what-is-it-about-bees-and-hexagons?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=share
Our March meeting was a record breaker. Between the Beekeeping 101 class and the regular meeting and annual meeting we had many people coming and going, but it seems the head count exceeded 100! What a great accomplishment for our club and heads of our committees and fellow beekeepers to see the growth of this long-lived organization.
There was a line of members to pay their dues and to date we have 130 paid members and many more on the mailing list who have not yet paid. Please send in your dues as soon as possible, it is making these great programs available to you and we have lots of great things in store this year.
We welcome new members Irina Potapova, James Purtee, Maria Hoffman, Don Pelchuck, Lasha Tartarashvili, Thomas Hancock, Steve Chapey, Walter Doroski Jr., Suzanne Cahill, Jo Rambo, and Adolf Koenig to our club. And if anyone knows Judith Landry please have her contact me. She paid dues but I did not receive an information sheet and cannot send her the newsletter since I do not have her email.
I am looking forward to getting my bees this weekend. It is sad not to see anyone flying, so I have sugar syrup ready and waiting, and my flowering quince is all in bloom in anticipation.
Last month was the end of our fiscal year, so after our guest speakers (the wonderful Dean and Ramona Stiglitz) completed their presentation (the “Microbial Culture of the Hive") we held our annual meeting. Each of the Club’s board members had an opportunity to talk about what was accomplished during the past year, what their respective goals are for the coming year, and answer questions from our members.See More...
We need your help with a new National Science Foundation sponsored research study that will investigate the characteristics and educational experiences of people who are active in science hobbies. More and more people are engaging in science hobbies; schools and science centers would like to know more about the characteristics of science hobbyists and how these organizations might better support hobbyists’ networking and education.
What will happen if you take part in the study?
The information gained from this research can help science educators and researchers understand how to better teach science in schools and museums, and how to design better community-based science programs. Participation in this study is voluntary. Information you provide will be anonymous. If you complete the survey, you may elect to enter a drawing for a $100 Target gift card.
Survey Link: http://tinyurl.com/NCSUhobbysurvey
Dr. Gail Jones
North Carolina State University
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Hopefully you got all your seeds ordered and are ready for your spring gardening.See More...
Well, I guess it’s that time of the year again. Actually it’s past that time of the year, but I suppose January it’s still early enough to make resolutions for the rest of the year. I guess I can just start with that list of resolutions from last year, there’s probably a few on there that I never ”resolved.” Now where is that? Ah, here it is, right where I left it last year.See More...
Bridgehampton, East Meadow, Huntington, Riverhead, and Saint James.
For more information: http://www.longislandbeekeepers.org/guide/novice/novice.html
(Courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Last year I wrote about poinsettas and how to keep them alive and well after the holiday season. (Look it up). Last month I wrote about houseplants.
Today I like to call your attention to: OrchidsSee More...
(Research from the internet and other sources)
It isn't difficult to make your yard, garden or even patio space a haven for honey bees. You'll be helping these insects as well as being able to watch them collect their nectar and pollen right in your own backyard.See More...
Every year the Club participates at various events on Long Island where we set up tent, exhibit an observation hive, display sample equipment, hand out information, and answer questions about bees and beekeeping. We need knowledgeable and enthusiastic members, like you, to help the Club at these events.
We're asking our members to volunteer a small amount of their time to be a Club Ambassador. Upcoming events are listed below and on our Special Events web page. You can send us an email or sign up at our next meeting, to let us know which event and what hours you can volunteer.
No one can spread the word about the importance of honey bees and beekeeping better than a beekeeper!
Dr. Mark Winston, Simon Fraser U. & Mr. Brian Snyder, PA Association of Sustainable Agriculture
The keynotes will be delivered on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 . . . but wait, let me take a step back for those of you who haven't been to an EAS Conference week before.
The format of this annual event follows:
The "Short Course" normally spans Monday and Tuesday. In 2013, two tracks will be offered and there is an extra day for some of the course topics to overflow into Wednesday.
On Wednesday, though, the Conference and Worshop Series begins with the keynote addresses and ends with a social gathering at a near-by picnic ground.
If you're not too tired by quittin' time on Thursday, you should attend the annual Auction Dinner, which is a fundraiser for the research grants that EAS awards each year.
Throughout most of the week, your favorite vendors of beekeeping supplies, books and gadgets will be on hand with their wares. In the same vendor area will be bee fabric for the quilters, bee art & jewelry and much, much more!
And, oh yeah - there's a HONEY SHOW with prestige and prizes to be won. Admit it, you're proud of your bees' work! So bring it, enter it and show it off!
By Friday, you will have met so many new and interesting people, you will want one last chance to get together with them before it's over - the Annual Banquet!
Pennsylvania's own Maryann Frazier is ably organizing the program for Wed. through Fri. Invited speakers are confirming their intention to be with us and pinning down the titles of their talks and workshops. Check the EAS website often for confirmed speakers, lodging information and other updates.
There's so much to see and do in and around West Chester, PA that you may want to make it your family vacation! Spend a day or two touring together in Philadelphia, Valley Forge or Dutch Country. By Wednesday, they'll know their way around on their own and you can get back to the conference! Or stick around an extra day at the end and enjoy the PA State Beekeepers Association Picnic, complete with a "hive crawl" and mead tasting, in a nearby urban area on Saturday August 10.
Pennsylvania beekeepers will welcome you warmly! See you in August!