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March Meeting Update

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As a reminder, there will be NO club meeting at the Cornell Extension building this month. Instead, consider attending the joint Geneva Bee Conference, at Hobart and William Smith college. The schedule is online at http://ontariocountybeekeepers.org/index.php/events-at-gbc/2016-gbc-schedule, and in addition to the honey swap and silent auction, there will be an evening social at 3 Brothers Winery.

April's meeting will be at the Dyce Lab, where we'll have an illustrative look into dead hives, why they died, and how we can keep them alive next winter. We don't need actual hives for the clinic, but check the web site for a specific list of instructions about how to photograph your hive properly if you want to have your deadout analyzed.

See you in Geneva!

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:29
 

February meeting and January notes

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Thanks to all who attended the January meeting! We heard a great talk from club member Jane-Marie Law on grass roots efforts in Oslo, Norway, to promote public awareness of pollinator loss. There's a great opportunity for anyone visiting Oslo to hook up with the BYBI group for a little "sister city" beekeeping action!

In addition, the officers appreciate your vote of confidence, electing us for another year of FLBC administration. As Shelley stated at the meeting, it's her last, final, ultimate, and did we mention last? year as president of the club. If you're interested in taking the reins of FLBC, or wonder what it takes to be club president, drop Shelley a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It's a rewarding position, full of opportunity and satisfaction.


Emma MullenThis month's meeting, on February 21, at the Extension Building, we have the great pleasure of hearing Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Cornell speak with us. Emma will talk about the need for bee extension today, the new master beekeeping program, upcoming events and workshops at Dyce lab, and more.


Finally, a word on two upcoming FLBC meetings and workshops. We will have two queen rearing workshops this spring, limited to 8 participants each. (See the info below for details.)

In addition, our April meeting will be a deadout workshop, held at the Dyce labs. Come analyze why your hives did not overwinter with Bee Wellness-trained instructors. IMPORTANT: if you want to participate (you can also come and observe), then note the following steps to follow so that you can get a good diagnostic!

Diagnosis of your deadout(s) will be more rewarding and more accurate if you follow a standardized approach.  You should not just tear the hives apart, instead, as you begin to go through your deadouts in preparation for the Deadout clinic, it's important that you photograph your hives in a sequential way that allows us to evaluate all possible clues.

Make sure that you take your pictures in the *exact sequence listed below*, and BEFORE brushing off any dead bees.  Also, do not wait until the hive starts to get moldy!  Begin photographing and disassembling your hive as soon as convenient after you notice that they have died.  This is especially imperative in a warm winter like this one:

PHOTOGRAPH in the following order:

1. front of each dead hive including both entrances (this might require two photos).?
2. top of inner cover after you lift off the outer cover and before you do anything else.?
3. top bars on top hive body immediately under the inner cover.?
4. top bars on lower hive body.?
5. bottom board after lifting off the overlying box, and before moving or sweeping it.?
6. representative frame from last location of the cluster.  Make a note as to where within the hive your bees were clustered when they died.  Make a note as to whether brood was present, and note that location as well. Photograph any brood you find.

SEND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS to Christina Wahl BEFORE the clinic, so that they may be uploaded for our workshop.  Use this email address:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Beekeeping Workshops

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The FLBC will not host a beginner's workshop this year, instead focusing on more advanced topics by way of the Geneva Bee Conference in March. Here are other workshops offered in the greater area this winter:


Beekeeping for Beginners. Jan 20, 2016. 6-8pm. $20.  Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY  14865. 607-535-7161.https://www.facebook.com/events/928682330532940/

Advanced Beekeeping. Feb 17, 2016. 6-8pm. $20. Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY  14865. 607-535-7161.https://www.facebook.com/events/1697306380546893/

 

Need to borrow the club extractor?

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The club extractor is for club members. If you aren't a member, please join! Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , George Myers, get $10 to him, and you're all set!

The process is pretty informal. If you'd like to borrow the extractor, send an email to the FLBC mailing list to see if whoever last had it has returned it to the club's shed. If the borrower still has it, you can arrange a pickup between you, or at the shed when it's returned.

Not a mailing list member? Sign up!

We're looking into ways to make the process more 21st century, but this has worked so far!

Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2015 20:15
 

Honey Marketing Guide

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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.

 

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