Dear reader,


Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year! Due to our Intro to Beekeeping classes being held next month, our next regular meeting will be held on February 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  We would like to remind anyone who plans on attending this two part seminar on January 10th & 17th to kindly pre-register if you haven't already.  See additional details below.

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Winter Hive Temperatures

As I discussed at the November meeting,  I have instrumented a couple of nucs and hives with temperature and humidity sensors and have the data being posted real-time on my website.  This is not a controlled scientific experiment, but will be interesting none the less.  If nothing else, it will give us something to discuss in the future and allow us to better understand what really does go on inside the hives during the winter.  You can view the data and setup here.


Intro to Beekeeping

Our annual intro to beekeeping seminar will be held Saturday, January 10th and Saturday, January 17th from 11:30AM - 4PM at the Olive Free Library.   The details of this free two day seminar can be found on our website.  This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to begin keeping bees or even a wonderful "refresher" course for those of you actively involved. Also,  if you have taken the course in the past please consider visiting the registration page and leaving a review.


Beekeeping Forums

There is no better time to join a beekeeping forum than now.  Spend the winter discussing your plans and thoughts with other beekeepers who are cooped up and anxiously waiting to get back to their bees. There are many wonderful people who are happy to share their experiences and help you through yours. A few forums we recommend are www.beemaster.com and www.worldwidebeekeeping.com  


Library Observation Hive

 Local Boy Scout Blake Overton will be designing, building and installing a permanent observation hive in the library as his Eagle Scout project.  The observation hive will contain a video kiosk that will help educate library patrons on the importance of the honeybee.  You can help support this project and check out the details on his website,  www.BlakeOverton.com.


Hudson Valley Hives is a beekeeping group that  meets at the Olive Free Library on a monthly basis and discuss all things beekeeping. The meeting starts with a short seasonal appropriate presentation followed by general open discussion. It is very informal and we welcome anyone interested to participate. If you are just thinking about getting started in beekeeping, a new beekeeper, or a seasoned beekeeper, you will benefit from the group discussions.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6:30PM

Hope to see you at our next meeting,
Rob Overton
Lindsay Brower


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