We meet the second Tuesday of every month at The Shamrock House, 2388 NY-145, East Durham at 7:00 p.m. We have very enthusiastic and informative members who love to share their beekeeping adventures. You are always welcome. Stop in and say hello.


May Meeting

Tuesday, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
The Shamrock House
2388 NY-145, East Durham, NY 12423

Meeting Topic: All About Nucs, Splits and Swarms with Jorik Phillips and Wayne Weaver

Making splits or nucleus colonies (nucs) has long been considered a right of passage for novice beekeepers as they sharpen their skills, deepen their understanding and transition to intermediate level beekeeping. The benefits of making nucs are many. It is a both an economical and incredibly rewarding way of increasing the size of one’s apiary while simultaneously being a very good swarm control. If increasing your colony numbers is not a goal then making a few mid summer nucs can be very good insurance to hedge against winter losses. In the event that you have no losses (it happens), they are money in the bank as overwintered nucs can fetch a premium price in the spring. There are many more reasons for making and keeping nucs in your bee yard and the techniques and timing for making them are equally diverse.

Catching swarms can be exciting and rewarding. Wayne will be sharing his well honed tips and tricks for catching swarms. He will also share how to make some really cool homemade swarm gadgets.


Don’t miss out on the first CMBC Beeyard Tour!

Mark your calendar and plan on attending The Catskill Mountain Beekeepers Club first Bee Yard Tour for 2019. Fellow Club member, Wayne Weaver, is kind enough to host another tour in his Apiary. Wayne will open a few of his hives to do an inspection, such as looking for signs of a queen, is there brood, what does that look like, are the bees bringing in pollen, look at the frames and what do you see.
You'll get a first hand look at Wayne's handmade hive stands and tools that he uses. If you are new to beekeeping, plan on attending. This is a wonderful learning tool. Please bring your beekeeping attire and contact Wayne if you plan on attending. This is a free event and available to current CMBC members. Hope to see you there.

Host: Wayne Weaver
When: Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Time: 9:00 am
Where: 8 Proper Road, Hudson, NY 12534
Contact: Wayne Weaver cell (518) 567-2791 or email wdweaver777@gmail.com