Dear reader,

SprinG is ROARING for the HONEYBEES! The Third Monday of the Month is Here!

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, May 20th, at 6:30 PM

While you are reading, feel free to listen to Tom Petty sing Honeybee.

(Opens a new window on YouTube). 

Come on now, give me some sugar
Give me some sugar, little honey bee
Don't be afraid, not gonna hurt you
I wouldn't hurt my little honey bee.

Please join us for the next Bee Group Meeting at the Olive Free Library, this coming Monday, May 20th, at 6:30 PM.  Hope to see you there and looking forward to hearing how your bees are coming into spring--should be building up nicely now!

Don't forget to treat for Nosema! Click Here for procedure. 

If you have any topics, articles, ideas, or questions, feel free to contact us at BeeGroup@HVHiives.com.   Feel free to bring photos, stories, presentations on experiments about your bees to the meeting. Maybe some cookies for Rob!!!  Maybe Tom can be enticed with cookies. I know I can. ;-)

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Yours Truly,

Bill Vilkelis, Editor

(Rob has been buggin' me to take credit, or be implicated as appropriate, in this newsletter. ;-)


• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

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

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.

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The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’

There was a time when almost every rural British family who kept bees followed a strange tradition. Whenever there was a death in the family, someone had to go out to the hives and tell the bees of the terrible loss that had befallen the family. Failing to do so often resulted in further loss such as the bees leaving the hive, or not producing enough honey or even dying. Traditionally, the bees were kept abreast of not only deaths but all important family matters including births, marriages, and long absence due to journeys. If the bees were not told, all sorts of calamities were thought to happen. This peculiar custom is known as “telling the bees”. Click here to read on...


The Untapped Potential of Africa's Honey Bees


In countries across Africa, honey bees could help protect wildlife, grow food and make money – so why aren’t more people raising them?

...In the arid north of Kenya, Trinnie Cartland is preparing to scale up her organic acacia honey business. She tells me that local communities have been keen to work with her: many young people are looking for alternatives to livestock farming. There’s high demand for honey in Kenya, where prices are similar to those in Europe and beekeepers can make good money...


...“I think it’s a bit of a red herring to claim that honey bees have potential for [global] conservation,” says Manu Saunders, a research fellow at the University of New England, Australia. “Wild pollinators [such as other bee species, flies, wasps, butterflies and moths] depend on the preservation of more diverse habitats than managed honey bees.”...

CLICK HERE to read more... 


Bee Parks Trust

This is a link from the above article, very interesting.

Bee Parks Trust is a market-based, non-profit organisation that creates long-term economic opportunities and environmental sustainability in cooperation with African communities through beekeeping.   Click Here to read more. 


Bee Alert: Is a Controversial Herbicide Harming Honeybees?

Recent court cases have focused on the possible effects of glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, on humans. But researchers are now investigating whether this commonly used herbicide could also be having adverse effects on the health and behavior of honeybees. Click Here to read more.


Game of Drones

What honeybees have to teach us about the fate of the earth — and our country.

Jon Snow was looking for the queen. There had been a lot of bloodshed. I asked him about the day he’d discovered all the corpses. “That day was horrible,” he said. “There was sadness.”

This wasn’t “Game of Thrones.”

We were wearing bee suits, Professor Snow and I, standing on the roof of Barnard Hall, home to Barnard College’s departments of English and dance. And 20,000 honeybees.

CLICK HERE to



"The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century. The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by bees."

- Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Useful Links: For Honeybee information, videos, podcasts and workshops please visit the links below. Workshops are being updated as we speak!




With Special Thanks for providing the Venue: Olive Free Library


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