Spring honey bee info!
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NY Bee Wellness Workshops,
USDA NIFA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program,
Grant # 2011-494400-30631
Healthy Bees - NY Bee Wellness

Spring is here!

    The rush is on for hive increase, swarms, and a great nectar flow!

Please participate in the NY Spring Bee Wellness 2014 survey; it is a short 10 item survey for NON-migratory beehives; it also includes a link to the BeeInformed Winter Loss survey. NY Bee Wellness Survey closes May 6.
Results to be posted on

*The NY Bee Wellness website  has been redesigned! Be sure to send any suggestions about the new format, content, and if you have anything you would like to be included (photos, links, info).
Additions and changes will be standard. If you have good resolution photos, particularly of bee disease, send them for a gallery.

* Registration is now open!
June 7/8 intensive Train the Trainer NY Bee Wellness Workshop in Wappingers Falls (Dutchess County

August 9/10 western NY workshop in Leroy (Genesee County), and will follow the same agenda as the June workshop.
        Contact:, or visit the website

June 7/8, NY Bee Wellness 2 day workshop, Wappinger Falls,  (Dutchess County)
June 7/8, Penn State Queen Rearing Workshop
June 28, Deb Delaney, WNYHPA East Aurora, Genetics & Bee Nutrition
July 28-August 1, EAS 2014, Kentucky
August 9/10, NY Bee Wellness 2 day workshop, Leroy NY (Genesee County)
October 18, Long Island Bee Conference: Delaplane, Caron, MA Frazier

Please contact us to have your event included.

For package installers and new beekeepers:

Videos on installing package bees by Jim Tew:
Part I -how to prepare the package and the queen.
Part II - releasing the bees
Ohio State University WEBINAR series- the latest was:     Jim Tew: Making Colony Splits - An Inexact Procedure; part of a series, they will be recorded!

BEE SWARMS!- Info on capturing swarms, & removing from structures

A great shutterfly photo gallery of the progression of a newly hived package bees by Edward K

You Tube videos from last Fall's UK Conference, includes Mike Palmer

The Great Pollinator Project, a resource on plants & bees, in NYC and environs.

Malcolm Sanford's latest APIS Newsletter

UC Davis Bee File- E. Mussen

USDA APHIS new Plant Health website

Need to buy bees?

Be an educated consumer. Should you buy packages or nucs? What should you ask the supplier?
Stocks may be tight or delayed. An additional option is locally produced bees and queens that are available in June and July.
 A guide to buying bees:
Buying Bees: Packages vs Nucs (PDF)

Things you may wish to consider when comparing bee suppliers:
- how many frames of brood in the nuc (or how many pounds of bees in the package)?
- are you buying from a RE-SELLER or the BREEDER? If a reseller, who produced the bees?
- Does the breeder have references (or are there local beekeepers who have experience with the breeder and can comment on their experience)?
- where are the bees from? (hearty northern stock or taken south for winter?)
- where is the QUEEN from? Her genes will be producing all the future bees! (some people split their local hives, but put commercially bred queens into the splits)
- have the bees come from stock that is treated? e.g. medicated with antibiotics and/or some form of pesticide (hard or soft chemical mite control)?


*Continuation and expansion of the NY Bee Wellness program is planned. The USDA funding will be completed this summer. We thank and acknowledge the very generous donations from Once Again Nut Butter, and Mark Berninghausen ( Squeak Creek Apiaries). Please consider donating to further more educational programs and outreach. Additional fund raisers are t-shirts, hats, and books.

 Thank you

                   - Pat Bono, Project Director, NY Bee Wellness
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