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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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.

Southern NM Hive Count 25 Replies

In another forum, Paul put out the question, "So how many hives everybody going into winter with?"  This is a great question and a means to get some stats for our area?So beeks in southern NM, how…Continue

Started by Diana Calkins. Last reply by Paul McCarty Mar 22.

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Comment by Rob Shepler on October 24, 2013 at 5:08am
Rob, could you post on my behalf: Bev said she doesn't write the headline, and she didn't like it either.
Comment by Paul McCarty on October 23, 2013 at 9:11pm

Man, that headline sure was scary - remind me to use Bev as a publicist for the next band I am in. Her headlines are almost as good as getting arrested!

Comment by Rob Shepler on October 23, 2013 at 5:29am

Part two!

European bees and Africanized bees look the same; the only way to differentiate them is genetic testing, which is no longer available at New Mexico State University by state entomologist Dr. Carol Sutherland due to the recent federal sequestration, which eliminated funding.

All we can do is judge by their behavior,” Shepler said. “The Africanized bees came up from Mexico and extended out through the bee population, so some here are highly Africanized. I've worked with colonies captured in Alamogordo, and they are scary.”

He is frequently called to capture swarms and remove them. He was called to capture a swarm in the Walgreen's parking lot, which left before he arrived. Shepler theorized it could have been the same swarm that invaded the nearby Alameda Park Zoo.

Shepler termed his own European beehives “petting bees, because they are so gentle.”

Diehl said he and the zoo “try to promote bees, because they are so vital to our environment. Unfortunately, Hollywood has built up deaths from killer bees in movies, to scare people and sell tickets.

When this happened here at the zoo, we were all saddened because we are close to these animals, and we are bee advocates.”

Shepler added that last year there was a national loss of 31 percent of bees. This was due to factors ranging from Colony Collapse Disorder and the varroa bee mite infestation to urbanization and indiscriminate spraying of pesticides, including neonicotinoids, which have been banned by the European Union, but not by the USDA.

Bev Eckman-Onyskow is an Alamogordo-based freelance writer. E-mail her at

Comment by Rob Shepler on October 23, 2013 at 5:28am

This is in the Alamogordo Daily News this morning and it was written by our own Beekeeper Bev. I'll post it in two sections as it is too long for one.

By Bev Eckman-Onyskow

For the Daily News

Months after the fact, people are still concerned about, and talking about, the deaths in July of two ravens and a turkey vulture at the Alameda Park Zoo.

I was shocked and saddened, I was fond of Edgar,” Zoo Director Steve Diehl said Tuesday during an interview in his office. Edgar, one of the ravens, was named after Edgar Allen Poe, author of “The Raven.”

Diehl explained that during a severe windstorm, a branch carrying a bee colony dropped and landed on top of the Raven Exhibit in the Bird of Prey area. The frightened bees stung and killed the three birds, and stung a great horned owl and a Harris hawk, which Diehl said he treated with Benadryl, and they recovered. “We removed the birds in that area as a precaution, and now we've put them back.

The park has been here for a hundred years, and the bees have been here for a hundred years, they pollinate our trees and flowers,” Diehl said.

I've been here 27 years, I've walked by those bees every day, and we've never had anything like this happen before. I've never had a bee sting. This was an isolated situation, a catastrophic event.”

Rob Shepler of Mayhill, a member of the board of directors of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association, was in Diehl's office. Shepler said he had just heard about the incident Friday at at the Western Apicultural Society meeting in Santa Fe.

It was reported there by a USDA inspector, who requested anonymity. The USDA has to be informed of deaths of animals and introduction of new animals at the zoo.

The bees which attacked the birds were probably Africanized bees,” Shepler told Diehl. “That you had any birds killed is a matter of concern.” Shepler was also one of the founders of the Southern New Mexico Beekeepers Association.

A revision of the Alamogordo ordinance to allow beekeeping within the city limits is currently under consideration by the City Commission. Advocates note that more kinder, gentler European bees will dilute the already identified Africanized bee population, making the city safer for those allergic to bee stings.

Comment by Rob Shepler on October 22, 2013 at 9:02pm

Yep, sure is. And you played a big part in it with your presentation. Congratulations Paul, and Bev got us before the Commission and the rest of you drove down in droves to support beekeepers we don't even know yet. It is a big deal, and great news. Give yourself a pat on the back everyone.

Let's educate some new beekeepers next year, shall we?

Comment by Paul McCarty on October 22, 2013 at 8:51pm
That is great news!
Comment by Rob Shepler on October 22, 2013 at 8:20pm

The Alamogordo City Commission took the final step tonight, the new bee law will go into effect on November 1st.

Alamogodians you may now beep kees.

Comment by Rob Shepler on October 22, 2013 at 6:27am

Is this the smoking gun for neonics? Just might bee.

Comment by James H DAWDY on September 30, 2013 at 9:26pm

Two of my hives are a bit light on bees also.  I'm thinking I will do a newspaper combine tomorrow- they should (theoretically) be able to more efficiently gather in some of the fall nectar flow, as well as warm the brood nest.  One of my hives last fall was very weak, and it starved out, so don't want a repeat of that.

Comment by Diana Calkins on September 30, 2013 at 1:11pm

Checked both hives today.  The one that swarmed 4 weeks ago doesn't have near the bees that used to be there.  All but one topbar was full of comb and capped honey/brood.  Much of the brood nest was being filled with honey.  Saw uncapped and capped brood.  Took the bars with capped brood but no worker bees on them.  Many more worker bees on the old brood being filled with honey and the bar with brood.  Didn't go into the brood nest.  Stopped when I verified there was in fact some brood.  Yay!  The queen made it through breeding.

The second hive didn't have as many bees as it had the last time we looked, but still had a lot.  I wonder if it swarmed when we weren't looking?  Or maybe they are cutting back on brood.  They, too, are filling in brood nest with honey.  Lots of honey so took 3 bars that were fully capped with few workers on them.  Still has about 20 bars with honey/brood.  Les said to leave at least 12 bars for the bees to overwinter.  Last year we left 15 and they made it just fine.

Hoping Hive #1 builds up enough bees to keep themselves warm through the winter.


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