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Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association

A branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association serving Hunterdon and Warren Counties

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.

The meeting is rain or shine today :-)

We will have tents to sit under in case it rains!

Next Meeting: Potluck Picnic
June 23rd, 2018

Bears and Bees - NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife will be presenting
We will also do an extensive review of Mite Treatment Products

Saturday June 23rd, 2018
Time: 11:00 to 2:00 PM
Location: Casey Residence
201 Musconetcong River Road
Washington NJ 07882

See directions information below...


Bears and Bees

Hillary Cussen, Wildlife Regulator from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife will join us to discuss bears in New Jersey.

Her presentation will include bear safety, fences, research, and general information. There is not a county in New Jersey that is bear free. Come learn how to best protect your apiary.

Mite Treatment Product Options

With so many options for treating mites, it is easy to get confused. We will go over many of the treatments available to you, show you what they look like, and tell you how and when to apply them. Timing of treatment is important, as is the outside temperature when applying. Have your questions ready and we will do out best to answer them.

It is a Pot Luck Picnic!

Please let us know what you will be bringing to our meeting on June 23 by signing up below. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Because of your generosity and fine cooking/baking, our pot lucks are always amazing!

Sign Up Genius Link:

Casey Residence

201 Musconectcong River Road, Washington NJ 07882

From the Flemington Area:
- Take Route 31 north 17 miles from the Flemington Circle.
- Make a right onto Musconectcong River Road.
Once on Musconectcong River Road, proceed 3 miles in, the home will be on your left.

Coming from the Pequest/Buttzille Area
- Take Route 31 south 6 miles from the intersection of Route 46 and Route 31.  .
- Make a left onto Musconectcong River Road.
Once on Musconectcong River Road, proceed 3 miles in, the home will be on your left.

Note: Don't Forget a lawn chair if you want one.for the mentoring yard.
*Sometimes the fields are too wet to park on and we will need to park within in the Deer path Park complex and walk into the mentoring hives.



Getting ahead of Varroa Presentation

Varroa is public enemy number one.  In this presentation, Kevin Inglin speaks of treatment concepts and options for keeping on top of mite thresholds throughout the year.



DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

With a recycled soda bottle and few ingredients, you can build 
A Simple Yellow Jacket Trap

This outlines the simple steps to create yellow jacket traps to place near your hives as a way to lower the population of impactful yellow jackets in your area.

Why do you need them?

Yellow Jacket Wasps will at times become predators to honey bee colonies.  Especially in fall, Putting the traps out early, in hopes of catching any queens, will lessen the number of yellow jackets throughout the year in vicinity of your hives.


1/2 Cup Sugar
1     Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1     Banana Peel
4     Cups Water
Simply combine together and place in bottle.

More Insight - VIDEO!

NWNJBA's Bob Kloss hosted a 20 minute presentation that gives far more insight and discussion on his experience with the use of these traps and even more recommendations.  See the video below

Yellow Jacket Trap



Supply Some Water!

"Bee" good neighbors. Late January and early February is the right time to put water out for bees. A simple bucket with corks or styrofoam peanuts floating in the water will do. Put the bucket a little ways (100 feet or so is a common recommendation) away from the bees so they can discover them. Drill some holes in the sides of the bucket so the water will not overflow when it rains..

Why Now?
As bees start to find some warm days they'll be out in search of water to bring back to the hive. They will need the water to dilute honey to feed to new bees.  Give them a desireable spot now to find water on your property before they discover someone elses.
Why should you put "floaties" in the bucket?
Simple, bees don't like to get their 'feet wet. It gives them something to land on and sip in the water. 




To our coverage of the NJ Dept. of Ag. Regulations activities > GO HERE!

What is happening with the Proposed Beekeeping Rules?

March 2018 -  The NJDA received over 1,100 letters in opposition to the proposed rules and about 20 in favor of them.

The response from the Department of Agriculture has acknowledged that the response was large and insightful and it has been shared that the secretary of agriculture acknowledge that revisions are necessary. 

The state board of agriculture, made up of representatives that have been selected from county board of agricultural representatives, represent leading commodities of the state.  

This state board has been tasked with reviewing the comments and will be working toward what comes next.  The timeframe for review was not stated but it is noted that the NJDA has returned the guidelines for keeping bees to their website in the interim while working out what comes next.

From the NJDA website it says the NJDA is reposting the Guidelines For Keeping Bees In Populated Areas during the regulatory process required by P.L. 2015 c.76.

The NJBA, and NWNJBA continue to follow what comes next and keep everyone informed accordingly.



The Officers of NWNJBA

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. 

Honey Locator

Where to find local honey in your area

Looking for a source of fresh local honey?  Visit our honey locator web page to find out how to obtain local honey near you in New Jersey.

Hive Placement Requests

For those who want bees on their property.

We recieve many requests for hive placement offers on properties.  Visit to learn how to make a request and to see what is available.

Swarm Capture & Bee Removals

Working with someone to remove a swarm.

Information to identify a honey bee swarm and report it for collection and removal.  Services are also available for removal from structures.

Bee/Insect Identification

Identifying insects you'll encounter in NJ

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.

2017 Dec. Meeting Photos

Some shots from our December 2017 End of Year meeting and Holiday get together. 

2017 Hunterdon and Warren Fairs

Case Residence Meeting - in the Rain!.  Thanks to Tim Schuler for making the trip.
Honey Extraction, Honey Judging, Apiary and Cathedral Hive review, and good food :-) Photos from Kevin Inglin

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