Inspecting and Bee Vacuums

The May meeting brought us back to the club apiary for a two-part meeting. Starting inside, Carl Smith showed a low cost, easy to make, bee vacuum he made. It used a “big box store” bucket-head type shop vac and a modified 5-gallon bucket. Discussions of other designs...

Club Hive Inspection

Where you able to be there? If not, you missed a great time! A short notice invitation brought 14 members to the club apiary for the initial hive inspection for the year. Doug Ford and Carl Smith lead the group through our four hives. None of the hives were quite...

Wax Rendering and Candle Making

Bridget and Carl Smith hosted the February general meeting at their maple farm in Hamburg. After a short introduction, Carl led a hands-on demonstration of rendering wax cappings and frame scrapings. The cold (19 °F) morning sped up the filtered wax solidification....

Harvest Time

During a recent apiary “work” session, about 20 frames of honey was harvested from our growing (now 5 hives!) club apiary. Four members met at Carl Smith’s Maple Farm and extracted about 5 gallons of honey from the combination of deep and medium frames harvested...

April 24th, 2021 Native Plant Walk

This moderate hike took us through a number of habitats where we discussed and studied where possible, plant species native to the Western New York region We’ll explore the value these plants contribute to their ecosystems, including how they interact with other...

April 10th, 2021 General Meeting

I like to thank the members that participated in our Zoom meeting today. We had 17 members attend. At the meeting we had the following speaker: Mary Jo Graham – Topic: Native Plant Hives – http://oakmossed.com Oakmoss Education was founded by Mary Jo...

March 10th, 2021 General Meeting

I like to thank the members that participated in our Zoom meeting today. We had 17 members attend. At the meeting we had the following speakers: Tom Schultz – Hives 4 Heros – https://www.hivesforheroes.com/ A Not-For-Profit helping veterans through...

Feb 13th, 2021 General Meeting

I like to thank the members that participated in our Zoom meeting today. We had 17 members attend, had a great question and answer session, got a chance to meet new members, and had an overall great time. Members who couldn’t attend the live presentation can send a...