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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.


Because of the pending snowfall, the PARKS depart has closed Echo Hill.  
The meeting is tentatively rescheduled for next Saturday, December 16th.



December Meeting POSTPONED to 12/16!

Do note the date is now tenatively set for December 16th due to the closing of the county park on the original date 12/9.


- Annual Holiday Meeting and Luncheon

- Annual Elections

- End of year organization topics

- Response to NJDA proposed regulations

Date: Saturday December 16th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: 41 Lilac Drive, Flemington NJ 08822 (Clinton Township, Flemington Mailing address)

See directions below

Echo Hill Lodge

Hunterdon County Echo Hill Park - Clinton Township

GPS Street Address:  41 Lilac Drive, Flemington NJ 08822

Echo Hill Directions from the Flemington Area:
- Take Route 31 north about 5.6 miles from the Flemington Circle. Make a right onto the jug handle for Stanton Station Road.
- Travel 0.4 mile to Lilac Drive.
- At Lilac Drive turn right and proceed another 0.4 mile.
- The entrance to the park will be on the right. Follow the sign to the main parking area.  
Echo Hill Directions from the Clinton Area:
- Take Route 31 south about 6.2 miles from Interstate 78 to the traffic light for Stanton Station Road.
- Turn right onto Stanton Station Road  and 0.4 mile to Lilac Drive
- At Lilac Drive turn right and proceed another 0.4 mile.
- The entrance to the park will be on the right. Follow the sign to the main parking area

Posting - Proposed
Constitution & Bylaws Change

Review our proposed Constitution and Bylaw change to be reviewed at the Dec 2017 Meeting

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.



Mistakes we've made so you don't have to!
A couple of tips for November...


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' :-)

MOUSE GAURDS and closing entrances down

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 

Upcoming State Events

Some things to see and do!

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.

Northeast Beekeepers Assoc. Invite

Hosting Peter Loring Borst - Friday November 17th, 2017, Ramapo College

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

H-Wing Auditorium


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.  

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 Sept. Meeting Photos

Previewed the clubs topbar hive, discussed winter prep of the langs while removing the apivar strips.  Demonstrated how to do a post treatment mite count (alcohol wash). Stan Wasitowski showed us how to use hopgard and how to arrange the hive for winter. Mark Higgins demonstrated an OA vaporizer. Reviewed what was blooming - asters, goldenrod and bonset, to name a few. And there was a Flow Hive for preview. 

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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