Dear reader,

Looks like winter is finally behind us and we can jump right into our beekeeping season.   Hopefully everyone has been able to go through their hives, evaluate where they are at, and put forth a plan for the year.  Spring treatments and swarm prevention should be underway.  It is also the time to review your record keeping habits from last season and start your record keeping resolutions for this year.   For those with Android devices,  please check out Apiary Book below.  Although I haven't had much time to play with it yet,  it appears to be a very nice app.   Looking forward to seeing you at Monday's meeting.

If you have any topics, ideas, or questions, feel free to contact us at BeeGroup@HVHives.com.

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4/19 Teleconference - Jay Evans, Beltsville Bee Lab

Jay Evans (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0036-4651) has served as Research Leader for the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland since October, 2014. Since joining ARS in 1998, Dr. Evans’ research has focused on identifying and managing threats to honey bee health, from microbes and mites to chemical stress. Along with the other scientists at the BRL, his goal is to develop new ways for bees and beekeepers to reduce these threats. He was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and has helped recruit and lead scientists interested in applied genomics for bees.  He has received the James Hambleton Bee Research Award from the Eastern Apicultural Society (2011), the BA Early Career Scientist Award (2002), and is on the Council of Fellows for the International Bee Research Association. He holds an AB in Biology from Princeton and a PhD in Biology from the University of Utah.

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As discussed at last month's meeting, Nosema hit the Hudson Valley heavily this winter and a lot of bees were lost.  I am suggesting folks take a proactive approach to keeping their bees healthy and not waiting until they show signs of illness before addressing.  Nosevit+ is an easy, natural, and effective approach to dealing with Nosema.   The recommended treatment is 2 times in the Spring and 2 times in the Fall.  Here is a video put out by Apivita explaining Nosevit and I encourage you to watch it.


Since we have quite a few beekeepers with just a couple of hives,  I will have 10ml bottles of Nosevit+ available at this month's meeting for $5 each.   This is enough for 10 treatments.


Roger Patterson Returns

We are pleased to announce our spring programs with Roger Patterson this year. The workshops will include some unique opportunities for the alumni of last year’s seminars, a queen rearing workshop, and this year we are adding a special one day workshop called “Improving Your Bees and Your Beekeeping” For hobbyists and side liners. 

It is very rare to be able to spend time in the hives with a veteran beekeeper with over 50 years experience. Roger is infectious with his insight and love of bees and will fundamentally change your understanding of beekeeping. He is one of the earliest  members of the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association Organization founded in 1964. Roger is currently a Trustee, Conference and Workshop Secretary, and the Vice-Chairman. Roger is the main force behind the educational arm of BIBBA organizing the teaching of hundreds of  people a year at workshops and classes.

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Apiary Book

Apiary Book allows recording on mobile phone of information on the number, health and maintenance of each bees family, treatments carried out, and other operations in the field of beekeeping.

Using a friendly interface, a beekeeper can define several apiaries (hearths), can add work to be performed, harvests (honey, wax), colonies movements, veterinary controls and other.

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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 is driven by members questions and sharing experiences with the goal of spreading timely knowledge among fellow beekeepers. 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.  There is no membership fee. The Olive Free Library graciously provides a meeting place for our group and we encourage you to make a donation to the library if you find the BeeGroup helpful.

• What: Hudson Valley Hives BeeGroup

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

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


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