Dear reader,

Things are blooming and we have very busy, happy bees! With that said, bears have also been paying visit to the bee yard. We cannot stress enough that it is our responsibility to protect both the bees and the bears! Make sure that your electric fence is in proper working condition and test it a few times throughout the year. There is nothing more devastating than discovering you have had a visit from a bear! 

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May 18th Meeting- Spring Beekeeping Discussion

This month we will be sharing some of our experiences so far this season! Discussion on possible OTS splits, swarming,   protecting hives from bears, when to add supers and beginner updates are all wonderful May topics that we would enjoy hearing about! If any of our members are interested in being added to  the swarm call list, we will have that sign up available as well.

Come on out and share your experiences and bring some questions! Hope to see you all there.



Best of the Beekeeping Forums

The beekeeping forums are not only good for getting help with your questions, but also to learn and think about things you haven't considered.  Here are posts related to this months topic of discussion.

Swarm "Kit"- Ideas on what you'll need

Bear Protection- Types of fence chargers

Timing Honey Supers


Video of the Month - Catching a Swarm


A Thrilling Look at the First 21 Days of a Bee's Life

Another interesting video that talks about the effects of the varroa mite, breeding mite resistant bee's and great pictures that allow you to see the development of a bee from egg to hatch...


Hands-on Full Day Beginner Course

We will be offering a full day hands on beginners course on June 20th at 10 a.m. which is a rescheduled date so check your calendars! 

There is no better way to learn than in a bee yard where you can get the full experience. This will be a great opportunity to really understand all the parts and characteristics of a bee hive. We will examine frames within a hive reviewing signs of health, brood patterns and stages of their development, queen, worker and drone identification, cell sizes along with their uses, among many other things. You will have a better understanding of hive manipulations, proper inspection methods, and the characteristics within a honey bee colony. This course will be a great place to find answers to all of the questions you may have. 

Please bring a veil and any other protection that you feel comfortable in. We also suggest that you pack a lunch and water, perhaps sunscreen and a camera if you wish. Sign up closes on June 1st. 

Fee for the course is $50 per person and the class will be limited to 12 participants.  So get your registration in early..... Contact us at to register.


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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