Welcome to the Northwest New Jersey Beekeeper's Association
We are dedicated to promoting the general interest in the support of bee culture. Our branch, made up of 100+ members primarily serves Hunterdon and Warren Counties. We are one of the ten branches of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
Constitution and Bylaws Posting
The NWNJBA board is providing a revision to our association constitution and bylaws. The premise of the change is to assure the constitution & bylaws aligns better with the state associtions constitution and bylaws, is current, and also reflects the way in which we operate.
The proposed changes are posted here for review. Any comments prior to association review can be directed to bylaw committee chair Charles Ilsley.
Constitution and Bylaw Proposal Review Documents
Three variants are provided to help you compare:
1. Link: The currently adopted constitution and bylaws: Link
2. Link: The new proposed constitution and bylaws with the former constitution and bylaws embedded for reference and comparison between old and new in the same document.
3. Link: The new proposed constitution and bylaws to be adopted sans any previous references to the currently adopted constitution and bylaws.
North BRANCH Hunterdon County Library - Clinton
Saturday November 25th, 2017 1:00 PM
- Chance Weinberg will be presenting "For the Love of Bees"
- Bob Kloss and Jim McCaulley will be presenting - Winter Feeding, Candy Boards and Fondant
- Honey Tasting with David Waldman: We will have three flavors this go-round, Alfalfa, Tulip Poplar, and Goldenrod.
- And we'll review the November Calendar and host Q&A.
Date: Saturday November 25th, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: 65 Halstead Street, Clinton NJ 08809
See directions below
From the Flemington Area:
- Take Route 31 north 10.7 miles from the R202 circle to Halstead street. The Job Lot store is on the right just prior to the exit.
- Exit on Halsted street and proceed toward the town of Clinton for 1/2 mile. The library will be on your right.
From the Washington Area:
- Take Route 31 south 9.4 miles toward Clinton. When you see the Spruce Run Reservoir on keep posted for Halstead street which will be on the right as you approach Clinton.. .
- Exit right on to Halsted street and proceed toward the town of Clinton for 1/2 mile. The library will be on your right.
Two Mistakes to Avoid
1. The weather is too cold. The liquids will be too cold and the bees will not take it down. You can put a feeder inside the hive and feed but November is a little too late for this. Consider switching to fondant.
2. Don't overfeed liquids. Some beekeepers feed too much and bees will horde liquids into the brood chamber and prevent the queen from laying the last batch of winter bees. Check hive weight and if it is good enough let them 'bee' :-)
Don't procrastinate when getting the hive entrances reduced. Mice and other varmints seek shelter this time of year and bees will do well to have the entrances closed off to reduce drafts.
Keep your hives up off of the damp cold ground. Raise your hives off the ground at least 8 to 12 inches and make sure they are tilted forward so no water collects on the bottom board.
Extra Honey boxes on top are not better. They should be able to get by with two deep boxes. At least 6 frames of bees and 6 frames of resources. Extra honey boxes on top are not necessary and hives should be reduced down to smaller footprints for overwintering.
For even more winterization insight see the presentation provided at our October meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YgKueQTbyY&t=3s
NJBA Annual Winter Meeting
Save the dates for the 2018 Two Day Annual NJBA Winter Meeting. Details of the agenda and speakers will be posted as the event nears.
Date: February 17 & 18, 2018
Location: To be announced at a later date
New Jersey Honey Show
Fall and winter are the best times to prep your honey and wares for the 2018 state honey show.
Honey, candles, photos, and other categories proudly displayed in the state rotunda in Trenton.
More details will come as February approaches.
The Mystery of the Hive:
Whispers in the Dark
Presented by Peter Loring Borst
The Northeast NJ Beekeepers and the Ramapo College Beekeeping Club are pleased to invite all New Jersey Beekeepers to this special presentation.
Friday, November 17th, 7:30 PM
Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
Peter L Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since his first job working as a beekeeper’s helper in Wolcott NY, in 1974. Previously, Peter was the Senior Apiarist at Cornell's Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Research for seven years, and he was an apiary inspector for New York State from 2006 to 2008.
He is currently employed at Cornell doing biomedical research, and he is President of the Finger Lakes Bee Club.
Peter is a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal, writing on topics as diverse as beekeeping techniques, the composition and value of pollen for bees, and the history of bee breeding.
Meet the officers of the NWNJBA.
Jim McCaulley is the NWNJBA President (second from right). Serving as first VP is Jim Schmalz (far left), J. David Waldman is the second VP (far right). Third VP is Paul Szmaida (4th from left). Barbara Hill (third from left) is our branch treasurer and Eda Schmalz (second from left) serves as the associations secretary.
In addition to the board, Mim Dunne serves as the Membership Chair and Bob Kloss oversees public relations.
We recieve many requests for hive placement offers on properties. Visit to learn how to make a request and to see what is available.
Information to identify a honey bee swarm and report it for collection and removal. Services are also available for removal from structures.
How to tell if it is a honey bee or something else. Learn about common insect types found in our area; their nesting habits and other information.