The Birds and the Bees

We had a late season discovery in the orchard. Our owl’s nesting box had a nice fan of honeycomb oozing out the front entrance hole. Concerned that a colony in the small exposed box would have a tough time surviving the winter we did some ladder and rope work to lower the box intact and place it into a Langstroth hive body.  It’s generally advised that you shouldn’t  move a hive “more than 3 feet or less than 3 miles”.  We had to move the hive about 30 yards to the apiary so on the advice of another LBA member we placed some limbs at the new hive entrance.  Now the foragers would have to slow down, take a look around and reorient to their new location before they took off.

Two months later,  on a warm Dec. day while adding some leftover honey frames I inadvertently yanked the top off the nesting box and found it was packed full of comb, honey and lots of bees.  The initial transfer seems to have worked well.  So far, so good.   We’ll see the results this spring.

Dec 15 — Last Meeting of 2022

Beekeepers of New York are invited to the last meeting of the Leatherstocking Beekeepers Association this month on December 15 at the usual time of 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Please note the change in schedule. The Farmer’s Museum is not available at the normal meeting time on Dec 22.

We are excited to announce our next Intro Beekeeping Course in February of 2023:

All are welcome.

Note: the above flyer was posted with an error originally: The email is “Beekeepers2023” not “TheBeekeepers2023”.

Leatherstocking Beekeepers at the Farmer’s Museum Harvest Festival 2022

Leatherstocking Beekeepers Association members discuss the joys of beekeeping with interested visitors.  The association had an educational display at the two-day Harvest Festival at The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown.  As interest continues to grow in “save the bees” and their critical pollination activity, the association had many new member requests.

Leatherstocking Beekeepers Buzzing Along

Come join us on the fourth Thursday every month!

at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This has been an exciting year for beekeepers in New York. Many new faces joined the Introduction to Beekeeping Course held in February, we’ve had a hands-on training for newbees and we have had some updates to the officers and education committee.

Our new officers are:

President Mike Lyons

Veep Liz Burroughs

Treasurer Dr. Rick Loftus

Secretary Richard Lercari

Education Committee:

Dave Edwards (chair) 

Mike Lyons

Paul Greer

Jon Weber

To BEE or Not to BEE ?!!!



WHEN: Saturday February 12th, 2022 8:00am 3:00pm

WHERE: Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown, NY 13326

This Introductory level course will cover: Honey Bee Biology, Starting a Colony of Bees, Bee Equipment, Managing the Beekeeping Year, Diseases and Pests, Products of the Hive

COST: $35.00 Includes a Beekeeping Book, Lunch and Snacks

PRESENTED BY: The Leatherstocking Beekeepers Association



or call Mike at 518-390-0068

We’re Finally Buzzing Again

We finally had the opportunity to meet again for the last several months at the Farmer’s Museum following our suspension in March of 2020 due to Covid-19. Those on our e-mail list had been notified and we elected new officers and re-established our Education Committee. We will continue to meet the 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 as long as we are permitted (mask wearing and social distancing required). All are welcome to join us to learn together and share beekeeping experiences. On October 28th, Jeff Barnes will remind us of the preparations needed to winterize our hives. Hope to see you there!

Our new officers are:

President Mike Lyons

Veep Liz Burroughs

Treasurer Dr. Rick Loftus

Secretary Jeff Barnes

Education Committee:

Dave Edwards

Steve Davis

Pam Welch

Mike Lyons