Dear reader,

Hard to believe another bee season is behind us.  I know it has been an exciting year for everyone, especially those who got their first bees.   Hopefully everyone has all their hives prepared for winter and the bees have ample stores for the winter ahead.   At this point it is best to keep your disturbances to a minimum.  Later on in the winter,  a check on stores and addition of candy is all we can do.  Now is the time to sit back,  review your 2017 season and plan for 2018.

Please note: This is the last meeting for 2017.  There will be no meetings in November & December. The holidays are busy times for everyone,  please enjoy the time with family and friends. 

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

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October 16th Meeting -

Annual Honey Challenge


It's time to showcase your 2017 honey rewards.  We'd love to have our members bring in some honey that they harvested this season to be judged in our Annual Honey Challenge. One member will be awarded "Best Honey of 2017".  As in previous years, all folks present at the meeting will get to sample all the entries and place a vote for their favorite.  We will tally up the votes and declare the winner.   Please bring a sample of your honey in an unmarked jar.  We will provide Popsicle sticks for sampling.

Last years winner, Scott Daunt, is the guy to beat!


2018 Intro to Beekeeping

If you know of anyone that may be interest, please pass it on

When:  Saturday January 13, 2018

Time: 10:30AM - 4PM (Bring a Lunch!)

Where: Olive Free Library

Last year I revised the "Intro to Beekeeping" to be just one day and focus more on bee improvement and sustainability in our region.  Feedback was positive, so I will take the same approach this year.

The discussion will be targeted on what is best for our climate and less on the more generic beekeeping methodologies that are not the most beneficial for our area.   This seminar will also introduce the attendees to the Hudson Valley Bee Improvement season long hands-on "Learning Beekeeping" program.   The program will give students hands-on mentoring in an education bee yard prior to getting bees.  Through these hands-on sessions, the student will become more comfortable around the bees and be better equipped to identify the interactions in the hive.  Once a student demonstrates the knowledge necessary to care for a hive,  they will make their own nuc to take home and start their own apiary.


Some Positive Buzz about Honey Bee Numbers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a positive report on honey bee colonies this past spring. The number of commercial U.S. honey bee colonies was 2.89 million as of April 1--3% more colonies than during the same time frame in 2016. The total number of honey bee colonies lost was also lower in 2017. The number of colonies lost from April through June 2017 was 226,000 colonies, or 8%, compared to 330,000 colonies lost, or 12%, in 2016.

These are positive signs that honey bee numbers are stabilizing, but the much-needed pollinators aren’t out of the woods yet.

“It is hard to look at the colony numbers and get a clear snapshot on overall bee health; what the numbers and charts don’t show is how much harder the beekeepers are working to keep those bees alive,” says Jeff Harris, Mississippi State University Extension research apiculturist and honey bee expert.

Read article -> https://www.agweb.com/article/some-positive-buzz-about-honey-bee-numbers-naa-alison-wedig/


Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies


A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they've had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Since approximately 2006, groups that manage commercial honeybee colonies have been reporting what has become known as colony collapse disorder—whole colonies of bees simply died, of no apparent cause. As time has passed, the disorder has been reported at sites all across the world, even as scientists have been racing to find the cause, and a possible cure. To date, most evidence has implicated pesticides used to kill other insects such as mites. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence to suggest the real culprit might be high-fructose corn syrup, which beekeepers have been feeding bees as their natural staple, honey, has been taken away from them.

Read article ->https://phys.org/news/2013-04-high-fructose-corn-syrup-tied-worldwide.html


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: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

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

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