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Scale Reading Report
05/12 - BK Hive +4lbs
05/04 - Mentoring +3lbs
05/12 - KI Hive 2 +4lbs!
Who We Are
The NORTHWEST branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association is a regional organization of anywhere from 40 to 60 bee hobbyist and sideliners (less than 300 hives). Our members generally reside in the Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties but membership is not limited to this region of the state.
NWNJBA Scholarships Scholarship funds are available through the NWNJBA for youths interested in the Rutgers Extension Bee-ginner's beekeeping class. If you are interested in submitting a request, or know of a youth with an interest in beekeeping who would like to be considered, submit a two to three paragraph stating your general interest in beekeeping. Submissions can be sent to the NWNJBA President Bob Kloss by clicking this link. If you have any questions, about the scholarship program please reach out to Bob via phone (on our contact page) or e-mail.
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Club Hive Photos 03/03/2012
NWNJBA VP Bob Kloss checked in on the club's mentoring hives. Two are heavy and one needed to be fed. Lots of activity and the bees are bringing in beige and yellow pollen.
As May comes to a close, so starts the pest season of the honey bee colonies. Hive Beetles, Varroa Mites, American Foulbrood, and othe problems could besiege your hive this summer. Know what to do?
Come join us on Saturday morning May 25th at the North Hunterdon high School cafeteria for an informative sesion. It is planned for New Jersey State Apiarist Tim Schuler to be on hand for the session.
North Hunterdon High School, Clinton NJ
Date & Time:
May 25th - 10:00 am to 11 am - The meeting will start promptly at 10 am.
The NWNJBA will be soliciting the state of New Jersey beekeepers in 2013 for swarm information. The intention is to build an understanding of when swarming season runs in New Jersey.
Why collect the data?
One of the spring beekeeping activities includes preparing for swarm prevention. The intention of this survey is to capture real world data about when swarms start up in different regions of the state and to see if trends can be established and used for planning in the future.
To learn more about the data being collected, or
an alternate method of reporting
Questions about conducting this survey can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a number of audio and video presentations available for you if you missed the NJBA Winter Meeting hosted in February in Hamilton NJ.
Some of the highlights include Tim Schuler presenting NJ Beekeeper Trends, Jeff Burd did a great job explaining Farmland assessment as it relates to beekeeping, the ABF Honey Princess was a special guest, and a representative from the Jersey Fresh program was talking about how the program can benefit you. Also available is a branch by branch review of what is happing in the NJBA.
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February 12th, 2013
We’re in the middle of another wild winter in New Jersey – 60 degrees one day, 60 mile per hour winds the next! As I write this, we are in the middle of a cold snap. It hasn’t been above freezing for a couple of weeks now. This is probably a good thing as the bees went through a lot of stores during the earlier warm weather, now they are hunkered down conserving what is left. The December holiday party was well-attended and it was great to see so many new members. Read More >>
December 12th, 2012 - Sometimes you just need to know instead of guessing. NWNJBA President Bob Kloss is trying something new this year in anticipation of the 2013 Beekeeping Season. Spurred on from literature via the New Hampshire Beekeeper's Association, and a feature on the topic from X Allen, Bob decided to create another device for the Gadget Garage and put his hives on a homemade hive scale.
The scale will allow Bob to keep track of nectar flows and hive health via the fluctuations in weight throughout the seasons. The principle of setting the scale up is pretty simple. It is literally just a simple bathroom scale set underneath of a hive but there's one catch - it is upside-down!. Read More >>
In a past meeting Bob Kloss presented the use of drone brood frames for effective management of Varroa Mite. Researchers have reported that up to 9 out of 10 varroa mite can be found within the Drone Brood so it makes sense to understand this technique as part of your overall Integrated Pest Management Strategy. We have the audio along with the PDF Version of the PowerPoint Presentation shown that day.
Audio Recording - Click to Play or Right Click to Download (choose Save Target As and save to a location on your computer.