Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Bee Order 2015

E-mail Print PDF
For the 2015 season, the club officers have decided to pre-order 40 packages from Dadant. Bee packages differ from nucs in that all you get are bees, not frames or brood. You will have immediate view of the queen, and you should receive bees with fewer pests (mites and small hive beetles). In the spring, we will provide information on how to install packages. Bee packages will cost $110 each, and you can order up to five through the club.
To pay for your bees, send a check payable to "Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club" and mail it to: Marjorie Pryse, 1 Pembroke Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850. We are also trying an on-line payment system for the first time. To pay for your bee package using a credit card, go to and add a bee package to your basket. (You can go to your basket and change quantities if you want more than one package.) If your membership has lapsed, and you need to renew, you can renew online through this link. The online system will walk you through the checkout process.
For members who prefer to obtain a nuc instead, refer to our list of local nuc suppliers that we have online. (We provide this list for your convenience: it does not imply and endorsement of these vendors, and may change through the spring.) You will need to arrange to pick up this nuc yourself, or “nuc-pool” with others.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

E-mail Print PDF

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Presented by the Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club

with generous support from the Cayuga Nature Center

Learn about honey bees and the joys of beekeeping, and network with beekeepers of all experience levels. Our speakers each have decades of personal experience with bees and beekeeping, and all enjoy sharing their love of the hobby!

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Registration starts at 8:30am.

Where: The Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd  Ithaca, NY 14850-9510

Registration details:

Pre-registration:  $15 (FLBC Member) or $20 (nonmember)

On-site registration: $20 (FLBC Member) or $25 (nonmember)

To register online with a credit card, click here. To pre-register with a check, download this form. Preregistration ends on January 31, 2015.

Workshop  Topics

Morning topics are held seminar-style, with a break in between.  After the speaker finishes, you will have an opportunity for Q&A.

Basic honey bee biology: an overview of honey bees and how they live, forage, navigate, make honey, and survive from year to year. Speaker: Linda Mizer

Hive equipment and hive types: an overview on the basic hive equipment available for hobby beekeepers. Speaker: Lesli Sagan

Getting started with your bees: How many hives should you have and why? Where do you put them in your county or on your property? Where do you get equipment? How to you get bees? What happens when you get those bees? Speaker: David Hopkins

A year in the bee yard: What should (or can) you do with your bees and when? Speaker: Peter Borst

Frames - the foundation of a good hive: how to assemble the key component of a hive, as well as maintaining your frames to help insure a healthy bee colony. Speaker: Robert Kozlowski

Participants will receive a copy of Penn State Extension's Beekeeping Basics beginner's guide.

We will have light refreshments during the workshop. We recommend you bring a brown bag lunch.

And more!

This year, we will raffle exciting door prizes (including a package of bees ($110 value). In addition, representatives from Hungry Bear Farms will be on-site to equip you!

Questions?  Contact Shelley Stuart ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:27

Calling all bee artists!

E-mail Print PDF

The Geneva Bee Conference seeks submissions for design, art, or photography to feature in the 2015 Conference program. The selected piece will be featured in the Conference program, and the artist will received a framed print of his or her submission. (In addition, we will offer a second framed print for the raffle.)

We are not looking for a particular subject, theme, or style. It should appeal to beekeepers, but other than that, your imagination is the limit! Paint, sketch, photo, photoshopped image... anything's fair game.

Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with additional questions!

The fine print:

  • Submissions are open now until January 15;
  • Work must be the artist's original work;
  • By submitting, you agree to allow the artwork to be used for the Geneva Conference, but all other rights remain yours;
  • Initial submissions must be digital (jpg, gif, tiff), and at least 500px wide (keep your resolution high, so the art isn't affected by the image file quality);
  • Include your contact information with each submission (Name, Club affiliation, email);
  • If your piece is selected for the conference, we will ask for a large, hi-resolution file for making the final prints and the programs;
  • Conference organizers are not eligible.

Submit your entry to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We look forward to seeing your submissions!  Feel free to share this with any artists you know, beekeeper or not!


Honey Marketing Guide

E-mail Print PDF

If you sell, or want to sell, your honey to others to read this June 2014 publication from Cooperative Extension (pdf file). It answers many questions about processing, licensing, and labeling that you may have.


FLBC Calendar

December 2014
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
January 2015
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Upcoming Events


My worst enemy this winter was