November 2018 Newsletter NY Bee Wellness
NY Bee Wellness - an independent grassroots educational 501c3

Fall Survey now open!
Fight the Mite!
Prep for Winter care
Mandatory Hive Registration
Randy Oliver update
NYS DEC Bear Survey
Bee Forward shirt
Bees needed for mercury study
NE USDA Colony Report
Videos, other USDA reports
Quiz Yourself!
Weird brood?

Providing a windbreak with hay bales
Now open! Fall Survey 2018 NY Bee Wellness

survey link:

We would like to assess how 2018 was for NON-migratory New York State beekeepers and their beehives. Information may help to determine trends in honeybee health and enable beekeepers to see these trends.

Please complete the survey as best as you can and write any comments you feel that can add to future surveys and improve the NY Bee Wellness program. Only some questions are required.
All info is confidential, and general results of the survey will be shared and posted on January 2019

For the results of previous surveys, please see the website ( Remember, results are broken down by regions within New York State.
Fight the Mite!
Hopefully you have an idea of what the varroa mite situation is in your hive(s), but it is not too late to do the final assessment and treatment before wrapping up for the winter.
1) 3 day sticky boards (divide by 3 for an average 1 day count, ideally should be less than 24). You can use posterboard coated with petroleum jelly (use a mini paint roller) with screening for hives without a screened bottom board.
2) Use of oxalic acid as a dribble method, best results when the hive is broodless, use on a windless day.

Preparation for Winter Care
Use only solid feed now

Candy Board recipe- Z. Huang
One beekeeper's winter prep
Making candy boards
Winter Prep-
University of Guelph: Feeding Bees & Overwintering
Wintering : NY Bee Wellness page
Medhat Nasr: Biology of Wintering Bees
Below are IR photos of a hive owned by a fairly new beekeeper in the Buffalo area. They are using a FLIR ONE. It’s a tiny IR adapter that plugs into a iPhone.
As expected, the cluster is low in the hive and will move up as the winter progresses. The bees should be provided with plenty of food/stores in the upper deep or chamber. The tar paper reduces the accuracy somewhat, but is still readable.
More info:

Unwrapped hive

Hive with supers removed and wrapped with tar paper
Yes, you do have a voice!

Mandatory Hive Registration in NYS
This is a serious issue that will affect all NYS beekeepers.
Unfortunately few beekeepers are aware of the undertaking to reinstate mandatory registration (which was repealed in 2010), and that most beekeepers are being kept woefully uninformed and is some instances misinformed.
What many would like to see is for the State of New York to provide services for all beekeepers, with no strings attached, and release information about disease info, spraying, and other programs which may affect honey bees such as tick control measures using pesticides-- all info which Albany possesses. A hive and frame fumigation chamber centrally located in NYS would be extremely helpful in controlling pathogens.
There is a website with an online petition , map of petition signatures, press articles, Q&A page, comments page, and contact info for your representatives.

NYS Ag & Markets to hold 3 "Listening Sessions" (pdf) within the next 3 weeks in Albany, Geneva, Westchester County.
1 hour of presentation, 45 minutes of discussion.
Donate to support beekeeper education! (click here)
New Articles added to Randy Oliver's Scientific Beekeeping site

Selective Breeding for Mite Resistance: 1000 hives, 100 hours
An Objective Assessment of the Neonics
The Varroa Problem 16a--Bee Drift and Mite Dispersal
The Varroa Problem 16b--Bee Drift and Mite Dispersal
Modeling Nuc Buildup
The Varroa Problem: Part 17a — Treatment Free Beekeeping and Being Part of The Solution Rather Than Part of The Problem
The Varroa Problem: Part 17b — The Evolution of Bees, Mites, and DWV
The Varroa Problem: Part 17c Being Part of the Solution
Determining the Relative Value of Hives for Almond Pollination
Extended-Release Oxalic Acid Progress Report — 2018 California Field Trial

NYS DEC Bear Survey

How to Prevent Bear Damage (link)

About Bears with map webpage;

Bee Forward Thinking T-Shirt by Saratoga Tea & Honey Company

All proceeds from this tea shirt go to NY Bee Wellness!
Inquiry to obtain some worker bees for a research study for mercury levels
The objective of this study is to identify current pollution levels. They are planning to obtain honeybees from around 6-10 biggest cities of the US and rural areas near to those cities. Some worker bees (~ 50-60 bees) from any beekeeper association who maintains hives in the city limit (or outside the city limit which can be used as a rural sample) for this research study. Bees can be mailed in an envelope to:
Prashant Waiker
Ph.D. Student, Department of Biology,
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
321 McIver St, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
[email protected]
Check out See the latest forecast
NY Bee Wellness videos

1) Tips on Working Bees Randy Oliver
2) Healthy Bees, Meghan Milbrath (MSU)
3) Nosema & Varroa Mites Randy Oliver
4) The Times They are a Changin', Randy Oliver
5) Mite resistant queen stock , Meghan Milbrath (MSU)
6) Biology of Wintering Bees, Medhat Nasr PhD, Alberta
7)Proactive Beekeeping, Medhat Nasr PhD
8)"What is Killing Our Bees" Medhat Nasr PhD
Crop Insurance Program (ELAP)
Info from Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics; Apiary Fact Sheet
Agent locator
Mite wash jars, oxalic, books available for purchase
USDA giving up on quarantine for Emerald Ash Borer? Comments due 11/19
Great How-to videos from the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre

to provide new and advanced beekeepers with demonstrations by our staff on a variety of topics ranging from how to open a hive to queen rearing.
National Honey Report, with NYS, October 25 2018, included is the central New York report
MSU Pollinator Center/Flenniken Lab - Honey Bee Pathogens - Video 2
*; Master Beekeeping online course

* COLOSS- International Honeybee Research Association, a good resource, with link to the Bee Book

* Randy Oliver's website,

*OSU recorded Webinars (Ohio State University)

*Be sure to check the Bee Health eXtension website, which includes the "Ask an Expert" option.

*Subscribe to Bee-L, a list serve for Informed Discussion of Beekeeping Issues and Bee Biology

* Northeast Regional Climate Center Quarterly reports and MAPS, OUTLOOKS

* NY Crop WEATHER Report November 2018

***If you have an article, photos, or other info to share, please send to:
[email protected]
* University of Montana Master Beekeeping Course, online

* Northeast Pollinator Partnership- a citizen science project creating a deeper understanding of the value of wild bees

* Northeastern IPM Center link to IPM Insights: Invasive species

* Northern Bee Network - (anyone from any state can sign up and join for free!)

* Varroa resources - ,includes the Sugar ROLL technique

* Journey North!- Follow and help plot the the mapped signs of Fall!/ or The National Phenology Program

* Bee Health app- Alberta Agriculture, focuses on honey bee diseases- for SMART PHONES!

* Peter Borst's collection of written articles on various topics

* Honey Bees 101 for Veterinarians