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NY Bee Wellness Fall 2016 Newsletter
The Fall 2016 NY Bee Wellness survey
is now open!
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 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 ( 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, the Ninja Bricks, is investigating the application of mushroom spores on bees.
New Honey Bee Pest Confirmed
in the U.S.
Figure 1. Dorsal view:  adult Australian sap beetle (Brachypeplus basalis)
on the left and adult Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida) on the right.
Photo by C. Marshall
2016 was a very dry year, especially for western New York, be sure to take special care, as your bees may be low on nutritious stores. Supplemental feeding may be necessary, using fondant, sugar bricks, candy boards, or granulated sugar on newspaper.
Drought map from August 2016
Beekeeping Sessions at NOFA-NY January 21, 2017
Saturday afternoon:
1) Beginning Beekeeping
2) Increasing your Hives with Local Breeding
Check out our new YouTube channel!
Featuring Randy Oliver
*Holst Milk Test for AFB
*Alcohol Wash for Mites
*Nosema Testing

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
and Bees
In 2017 antibiotics will only be available by prescription from a veterinarian. Currently protocols and veterinary training are being planned.
Details TBA when confirmed.
* Thermology of Wintering Honey Bee Colonies
* Wintering in Alberta
*Overwintering Russian Bees
Broodless period in the hive is the best time to treat  with oxalic acid for the varroa mites. See instructions and videos, and other info here.
Oxalic is also available through NY Bee Wellness
Great How-to videos from the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre
 to provide new and advanced beekeepers with demonstrations by our staff on a variety of topics ranging from how to open a hive to queen rearing.

* COLOSS- International Honeybee Research Association, a good resource

* Randy Oliver's updates to his website,

*OSU recorded Webinars (Ohio State University)
*Be sure to check the Bee Health eXtension website, which includes the "Ask an Expert" option.

*Subscribe to Bee-L, a list serve for
Informed Discussion of Beekeeping Issues and Bee Biology

***If you have an article, photos, or other info to share, please send to:
* University of Montana Online Master Beekeeper Certificate Courses open for registration:
The Online
Apprentice-Level Course and
The Online
Journeyman-Level Course

* Northeastern IPM Center link to videos of The National Forum on Climate and Pests
* Northern Bee Network - (anyone from any state can sign up and join for free!)

* Varroa resources - ,includes the Sugar ROLL technique

* A Beekeeper's Diary, ongoing journal of an Alberta beekeeper

Dead hives already and not sure why?

Check the Penn State Field Guide (1.86 MG PDF)
  or send a comb or bee sample to the Bee Lab in Beltsville MD, it is a free service.
Pictured is a frame from a hive that had a high mite/virus load.

Your support continues the work of NY Bee Wellness, a grassroots, non-membership educational non-profit dedicated to new, beginning, and small scale beekeeping. If you benefit from the info, videos, workshops, surveys, website, or know of someone who does, please
donate !

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Donations can also be sent to:
NY Bee Wellness POB 25291 Rochester NY 14625

NY Bee Wellness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.


            - Pat Bono, Project Director, NY Bee Wellness
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