Mentorship & Education

Our meetings and workshops provide excellent opportunities to learn about beekeeping and share knowledge of the skills and practices necessary for today’s beekeeper.

Mentors within the organization are available for those beginning their journey or looking to improve their knowledge and skills.

Bee Identification

There are many types of bees and related insects that are often confused with the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Detailed information on bee identification will become available here as the educational areas of our website are developed.

Diseases & Pests

The greatest challenge in hive management is perhaps diseases and pests, such as varroa mites, foulbrood, and wax moth. We will be adding information and resources related to these as our new website is developed.

Honey Bee Health First Responder Program

Last year, WNYHP was asked by New York State Ag & Markets to participate in their Honey Bee Health First Responder Program. This program is running from July 1st, 2019 to July 31st, 2020. The main goals of Honey Bee Health First Responder Program are to train hobbyist/sideliner beekeepers to identify pests and infectious diseases that threaten New York’s honeybee population. In turn, these local “first responders” will conduct outreach and education within their own bee clubs, using hands-on inspection and assessment of members bee colonies to find and eliminate honey bee diseases before they become a serious threat.

We sent 3 members to attend an intensive training in August 2019 that included the identification of serious honeybee pests and diseases as well as the proper techniques used in an apiary inspection. Working in concert with their local bee club, the first responders will visit a minimum of twenty member bee yards looking to provide one-on one education to the member beekeeper for early signs of disease or pests. The first responders will use AFB/EFB test kits for any suspected American or European Foul Brood disease. Positive test results will be reported promptly to NYSDAM.

The WNYHP, in Sept 2019, hosted a workshop with club members on American Foul Brood. By August 31st, 2020, the “First Responders” will complete and submit an exit survey to gage the response of the training and member conducted inspection program.

If you are interested in having your apiary inspected in support of this project, please send an e-mail to president@wnyhpa.org.