We would like to assess how 2016 was for NON-migratory New York State beekeepers and their beehives. Information may help to determine trends in honeybee health and enable beekeepers to see these trends.
Results of previous surveys can be found on the NYBeeWellness.org site or here.
Last August's 3 Day NY Bee Wellness Workshop
Educating and encouraging beekeepers about honeybee diseases and management is important to the survival of honeybee colonies. In August, NY Bee Wellness held a 3 day workshop at Dyce Lab, Cornell University. The first 2 days were mostly lecture and was open to all beekeepers. On day 3, a select group 24 beekeepers did hive inspections and lab work as part of a train the trainer program. Presentations were done by Randy Oliver (scientificbeekeeping.com): The Times they are a Changing, Tips on Working Bees, Varroa and Nosema; Meghan Milbrath (Michigan State), Healthy Bees, Mite Resistant Bee Stock; Emma Mullen (Cornell) AFB. Field instructors were Randy Oliver, Al Avitabile, Megan Milbrath, and Aaron Morris. The students were from across New York State, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The volunteers that helped with so many tasks were David Hopkins, Rich Malecki, and John Rowley of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers. Lunches and break were sponsored by BetterBee.
Most of the lectures and demos were taped, some videos are on the NY Bee Wellness youtube channel, and others will be added as soon as they are done with final editing.
***Some of the takeaways from the workshop:
* Randy Oliver- When checking for mites, use the young nurse bees, which are abundant on BOTH brood and pollen frames. “Old bees fly away”, when shaking bees into a container the older, non-nurse bees will fly off, leaving the younger nurse bees.
* Meghan Milbrath- when using powdered sugar, ROLL the bees in the jar, shaking them causes them to regurgitate and wet the sugar. This method was found to be almost as accurate as doing an alcohol wash for mites.
Youth Involvement: LEGO TEAMS!
First Lego League Animal Allies has attracted many youth to beekeeping and bees. In the Rochester area, 2 groups have presented their projects. The Hippie Pandas (pictured) have designed a passive solar hive,
Another team, theNinja Bricks, is investigating the application of mushroom spores on bees.
*Holst Milk Test for AFB
*Alcohol Wash for Mites
Check back for additional lecture videos to be added!
A quick and accessable guide, The Bee Health app is based on current scientific knowledge to address honey bee diseases and pests. It is a handy resource to help beekeepers and other users to detect, diagnose, manage and treat honey bee diseases and pests
In 2017 antibiotics will only be available by prescription from a veterinarian. Currently protocols and veterinary training are being planned.http://www.beevets.com/Index.php
Details TBA when confirmed.
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Sincerely, - Pat Bono, Project Director, NY Bee Wellness