Dear reader,

Another month has almost past and it is time to meet again.  I must apologize to those that attended last  months meeting where I stated that Roger Patterson would be our special guest speaker this month.  I failed to look closely at the calendar and missed the fact that this months meeting would be earlier since the 1st was a Monday.   So Roger will be arriving a week later and not be at our meeting.  Roger is an inspiration to all beekeepers and I encourage you to consider meeting up with him while he is here.  Two opportunities are detailed below.

The weather has thrown us another curve ball.   After an early spring warm spell and bees building up fast, we have had a set back with some cooler weather over the last few weeks.   This has caused many hives to shut down brood rearing and many others to run low on stores.  It is important to verify your colonies have sufficient food supply and supplement feed if needed, especially if you have made nucs or have some smaller colonies.  

I still have Nozevit+ in smaller quantities (10 treatments) for those looking to take the proactive approach to keeping your bees healthy.

See you on Monday and bring your questions and topics for discussion.



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

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June meeting to be held on Monday the 12th

Please mark your calendars,  next month's meeting will be on Monday June 12th, a week earlier than usual.

I will be out of town on the 19th (normal meeting night) and instead of canceling will move the meeting to the week before.   Hopefully this will work for everyone.


Improving Your Bees & Your Beekeeping - A Day with Roger Patterson 

There are still some opening for this class with Roger Patterson. Regardless if you are a new beekeeper waiting for bees or a seasoned beekeeper you will find this class very worthwhile.  

  1. Principles of Bee Improvement and Implementation in a backyard apiary
  2. Evaluation of bees and required strategies based on species
  3. Simple ways to manage and improve your bees and apiary
  4. Basic queen rearing for the backyard hobbyist
  5. Sustainability through rearing improved stock
  6. Evaluation and preparations required for Improvement
  7. Utilizing your equipment to achieve maximum results

May 25th 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Sign up now


Southeastern Bee Club Picnic

MAY 29, 2017

The Southeastern Bee Club presents a day with Roger Patterson and Paul Cappy. We will discuss the future of beekeeping, what it means to improve our bee groups, going forward through breeding and management, being a self sufficient club, a look over the horizon of new research, a brief evaluation of the host apiary and suggestions for small hobbyists and side liners to improve their yards. Hosted by the Southeastern Beekeepers Club of Middletown, NY.

Orange County Farmers Museum - Montgomery


10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.


Honey Bees 911

A public reporting system to connect with beekeepers, so that honey bee swarms can be safely captured and relocated.  For additional details visit Honeybees911.com

Site is now active please consider signing up.


Bee Health App

The Bee Health app is based on current scientific knowledge to address honey bee diseases and pests. It is a handy resource to help beekeepers and other users to detect, diagnose, manage and treat honey bee diseases and pests. It includes pictures and treatment options which will aid beekeepers in adopting appropriate pest management practices. Thus, beekeepers can improve bee health and enhance on-farm food safety and biosecurity practices in their operations.



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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