Late Winter bee info!
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NY Bee Wellness Workshops,, an educational nonprofit program to teach beekeepers honey bee disease recognition & to promote honey bee health.
USDA NIFA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program,
Grant # 2011-494400-30631
NY Bee Wellness  Newsletter /Late Winter 2016
with the Fall 2015 Survey RESULTS   

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     Results for the FALL SURVEY are now available, please use the web link,, which is also on the NY Bee Wellness home page. It includes regional  data.
Thank you to all who have completed the survey!
The survey represents a sample of 268 non-migratory beekeepers from 56 counties in New York State.

Highlights: The average respondent started with 5 hives at the end of winter and increased their number of hives by more than 2 fold, mostly by making splits, and entering winter with 12 hives. 25% of beekeepers intended to overwinter nucs. 87% of respondents were pleased to some extent, with the 2015 honey crop.

The results may also assist those who are conducting classes for or providing mentoring to other beekeepers.
Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions.

Please watch for the NY Bee Wellness Spring Survey in 2016.


For the results of previous NY Bee Wellness surveys (click), or please see the website ( Remember, there are also results broken down by regions within New York State.
Questions? :
Thank you!

A professionally produced and printed, honey bee calendar poster (19x38"),suitable for framing is available for donors (see below). Double sided: one side is a close-up of a queen, the other side is of flowers and beekeeper equipment. Six times a year Canfield & Tack donates beautiful custom designed large format 3 month poster/calendars to a variety of non-profit organizations.
Feed your Bees!
*Winter sugar feeding recipes from the Beekeepers Guild of SE Virginia; please use the non-liquid forms for temps below 50F. Honey bees are beginning to brood up in preparation for Spring and may run out of food.

"Relatively mild winter conditions have prevailed, which usually means lower winter colony losses. However, during mild winters, bee activity increases and early spring feedings may be required. The mild conditions also affect native plants, which are the basis of colony growth through these months. Currently, tree buds are a bit more swollen than they should be for the middle of winter. The fear is that a warm spell will further break dormancy, and a subsequent cold snap could damage the buds and blossoms of pollen and nectar supplying plants, thus reducing food supplies for the early spring buildup of colonies. While the winter losses may be down, replacement bee prices, including nucs, packages and queens seem to be higher.
Beekeepers wishing to increase hive numbers of colony strength by adding bees delivered from southern climates will need to start saving early to pay for the increasing bee prices. An added concern is that if the early pollen sources do not materialize, it will be a long slog to get hive strength up for honey production. Honey sales are strong in the region, although prices have not really changed at the retail level. It does not appear that large beekeepers are in need of honey, as many had a strong production year providing ample supplies."

Final blow of winter's chill will reach northeastern third of US during early March   Accuweather report


*Resources on controlling varroa (webpage)
Please consider treating your new packages and nucs with oxalic acid.

* Short videos on oxalic dribble technique:
2a) Close-up version,

*Stronger strength HOPGUARD II has been approved for use in NYS, December 2015
Cornell Happenings                   

1) A new website, Cornell Pollinator Network, composed by the new entomology extension associate, Emma Mullen.

2) An update on pesticide research by Scott McArt PhD,
Project update on "Assessing the impact of pesticides on honey bee health in New York"

3)  A NY Bee Wellness workshop featuring Randy Oliver, August 5-7, at Dyce Lab; Details to be announced.
* Registrations for beekeepers with LESS THAN 5 HIVES are now being accepted by the USDA agriculture census. Bee counted!

Download the free Bee Health app from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry today.

* Randy Oliver's updates to his website,

* The NYS Pollinator Task Force- The New York State Pollinator Protection Plan has been completed, but release is currently pending.

*OSU recorded Webinars (Ohio State University)
* New ARS Bee Genebank Will Preserve Genetic Diversity and Provide Breeding Resources, USDA is organizing a national bee genebank to help preserve the genetic diversity of honey bees and provide researchers access to resources from which to breed better bees. (1/26)

* Malcolm Sanford's February 23rd Apis Newsletter

*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:


Please consider donating to further more educational programs and outreach.  NY Bee Wellness is listed on Guidestar and can be eligible for employer matching funds. Every dollar helps! Additional fundraisers are t-shirts, hats, and books.
Shopping on Amazon? Use this link and Amazon will donate to NY Bee Wellness at no cost to you!

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

Penn State Field Guide: Honey Bees and Their Maladies;
25.00 plus 2.00 S/H
New York Honey ball caps
Printed 17.00 s/h incl

With your gift of 15.00 or more to NY Bee Wellness, you will receive a 39" double sided Beekeeper Poster!
Diseased or abnormal comb (frames not needed just the comb), pest, parasites, etc, needed for teaching purposes. This is very useful in teaching workshops on disease recognition by Dyce Lab at Cornell, and NY Bee Wellness. Confidental.
Contact: Emma Mullen (Cornell)
or Pat Bono
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