Dear reader,

Greetings beekeeping friends! Goldenrod and loosestrife has bloomed wonderfully in our neck of the woods so far. It is always a bittersweet sight, motivating us to start considering that the colder months are upon us. The bloom has been stronger in certain areas and we've even trailered around a few hives in hopes of a good fall boost. Our diligence now will make for some happy, healthy bees!

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August 17th Meeting - Winter Preparation & Open Discussion


August and September are crucial, strategic months for all beekeepers. Preparing your hives for winter takes planning and personal choices that must be weighted out ahead of time. We will discuss how different options on how to prepare your hives at this months meeting. Discussion will include space management, ventilation, fall feeding, wind breaks and any questions you may have..We hope to see you 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.

 2015 Harvest

What's That Smell?

Feeding During A Fall Nectar Flow?

Feral Bees Hardiness Overwintering Diseases and Cell



Video of the Month - Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes


Why Do Honeybees Clean Themselves?

Bay Nature’s marketing director had a recent experience with a very tidy-looking honeybee:

“I was sitting in my car this afternoon when I noticed a cute little bee on my windshield appearing to desperately clean something off itself. At first I thought, oh no, it fell into something and now it’s going to die from whatever contaminated it. I took a cup and put the bee inside, but it rebelled and flew out. When I returned home I googled it and learned that bees do this — clean off pollen, etc. — and especially their eyes before flying home to their hives!”

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Beekeeping History

5 Antique Queen Cages - Beekeeping Museum, Radovljica, Slovenia
Source: Carniolan bee (Apis mellifera Carnica) in Slovenia


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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