Southern New Mexico Beekeepers


Southern New Mexico Beekeepers

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Another petition

Here is another petition from Credo, I don’t see a conflict in signing two petitions, we sure could use the pressure.

My bees thank you!


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Swarm 7 Replies

A student told me this morning that there was a swarm around one of her trees yesterday afternoon, and they were still there this morning, and they settled on the tree a bit later. I'm too new to…Continue

Started by Gloria Villaverde. Last reply by Paul McCarty on Friday.

New Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 10.

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher Apr 10.

Is tipping necessary? 2 Replies

I asked Rob a question today he didn't have an answer for so I'm putting it out to the group.I was asked by a potential land owning bee landlord if there was any honey in it for him? I really didn't…Continue

Started by Kenneth Lee Henderson. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 7.

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Comment by Paul McCarty on January 11, 2014 at 7:34pm

Are they those dogs from Chaparral? That was a sad story.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on January 11, 2014 at 7:06pm

Thanks to Rob, Aurelio, and Paul for a great seminar. Neither my mind nor my behind has recovered yet!

I find beekeeping a lot like learning to fly. In the end, all you have is a license to learn. I can safely say that even though some blanks were filled in, a whole lot more questions quickly took their place.

And that is what good education is all about. It leaves you with the desire to know more. Great job on the seminar guys!

I hope Rob doesn't ban me from the list but I want to mention something not bee related.

Some of you may have noticed the posterboard with dog photos on the table along the west wall. I meant to say something before the end of the seminar but it was late and people were tired. I am involved with a dog rescue and these dogs really need homes. We have worked with them and can let them out together to play(there are 12 dogs), none are aggressive towards people (they run around following us everywhere), but they have been in pens since September and salvation has become more like incarceration. It hurts me to put them back in their pens after the short time we can spend with them twice a day. If you would like more info please contact me off list at

Thanks for your time, Ken

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 4, 2014 at 2:15am

Beekeeping Seminar January 11th 2014


Rob Shepler

Intro and changes in the Alamogordo beekeeping law, staying in compliance


The speakers are:


Aurelio Paez Varela (He will speak on equipment, getting and keeping bees and hive maintenance.)


Paul McCarty (He will speak on traits of feral bees, capturing feral bees, cutouts and trapouts and re-queening feral bees.)


The movie “More than Honey” will be shown.


The seminar will begin at 10:00 at the County Extension in Alamogordo at the Fairgrounds. The address is 401 Fairgrounds Road, Alamogordo, NM

The cost is 10:00 per participant.


Space is limited, please contact Rob Shepler to reserve your spot, 575-687-2343, or

Comment by Diana Calkins on December 29, 2013 at 7:23pm

Thanks for the reminder on the batteries!  Sounds like some interesting subjects coming up.  Looking forward to hearing the details of the firmed up plans.  :)

Comment by Rob Shepler on December 29, 2013 at 6:45pm

I have been emailing a bit with Jerry Radcliff of New Mexico Game and Fish and he reminded me to pull the battery out of the fence and bring it inside until the weather warms, it will help with longevity. I sure hope he is right that the bears are hibernating!

I think he will be coming back down with fences again this year for our new beekeepers, let me know if you are interested in a bear fence and we will get you on the list.

I think our first seminar will be January 11th at the County Extension in Alamogordo, I have a few things to firm up and I will post it once I know. SAVE THE DATE!

I am also working with Jessie Brown on a candle making seminar and with Melanie Kirby of Zia Queens on a seminar and it is my hope that she will touch on queen breeding. I am also hoping that I can talk my old mentor into paying us a visit. He was a commercial beekeeper for many years and one of the brightest people I have ever met, and one heck of a nice man.

The New Year is almost upon us and it is time to lay a plan for our apiaries. Are you thinking of expanding? Craig Noorlander of Papa Bear's Honey will be bringing in 500 packages this year and I think that there is another supplier brining bees into Albuquerque as well . If you want in on a package buy think about doing it early. Many think that local bees are the way to go, and I think they may be right. If you think you might have splits this year by gosh lets keep them in the family, please post that you might have them and lets find them a good home and get you a good price.

I wish you and your bees a Happy New Year! Oh, and rain.

Comment by Paul McCarty on December 29, 2013 at 10:06am
I have some, but it is not candle quality.
Comment by James H DAWDY on December 29, 2013 at 5:04am

Does anyone have any excess wax laying around?  Coworker of mine is looking for wax for candles, not a large amount.

Comment by James H DAWDY on December 29, 2013 at 5:03am

Same here Rob.

I'm trying not to feed the bees too much, and when I do I am trying to use honey as much as possible (i.e. not much).  I'm in agreement with the less-is-more, and let-Darwin-do-his-thing crowd.  On the other hand, I don't want to starve out my bees if a *little* feeding will help.

Comment by Rob Shepler on December 24, 2013 at 5:38am

Safe travels Jim!

My bees built up late even though I was feeding them, too many late frosts, late rain and early frost too. Only a few of them had enough stores from the previous year to build a good population when the nectar came in. I fed them a lot of the year and dumped a good deal of white sugar in when I closed them up. I think I had three out of fourteen that looked pretty good going into winter.

For next year we have planted 19 flowering trees and I hope to plant about a 1/2 acre of nectar producing flowers to complement the clover that we have been encouraging in our 1 acre orchard. It was a tough year for my bees between the weather and the bears.

Jim it was great to meet you in Santa Fe finally!

Comment by James H DAWDY on December 24, 2013 at 5:22am

Last I checked was around the 15th, and they were still OK.  Fed some syrup since it was warm.  Wont be home until Feb 1.  Fully expect they will starve out.  Still puzzled as to why they never built up appreciable stores for winter, even after the rains started and we got a fairly good bloom.


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The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization of private beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, persons interested in promoting the importance of the honey bee in the environment, and businesses related to the honey industry. Representing all regions of New Mexico, the Association maintains a close affiliation with the State of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture. Membership in the Association is open to all interested persons.


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Vice President: Craig Noorlander,

Secretary: Mike Fickling,

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