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!


Discussion Forum

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 19, 2014 at 7:04am

A lot of attention has come from our successes. That is true.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 18, 2014 at 9:35pm

One other thing of importance, we non migratory beekeepers are apparently doing a better job keeping bees alive and the USDA bee lab in Tucson is interested in our successes in New Mexico. The “Southern New Mexico Beekeepers” are closest to Tucson and they may be interested in coming to see our colonies. Stay tuned, it is an important time in the history of the honey bee and we jut might get a chance to contribute.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 18, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great meeting and a new President!

If you missed it we had a great annual meeting at the NMBKA today.

The featured speaker was Mark Carroll from the USDA and he was fascinating.

I did not catch all of his talks but he covered pheromone communication in the colony, varroa, bigger, meaner, faster. And how nutritional stress affects the queen mandibular pheromone that keeps her on top of her game and the colony happy. He was really good.

I guess the big news for me was that the USDA bee labs all have gotten a directive to work on pesticide interaction and have stopped all other work for the time being. Mark indicated that “Big Data” is coming into play and that they are using RFID chips as part of their work in analyzing the interactions. There will be a flood of reports coming out soon on their findings.


Phil Remick aired a little sour grapes during his presentation, being a langstroth supporter and being tired of hearing about top bars for the last couple of years his presentation centered around slamming top bar hives. As the presentation went on he began to draw the ire of several prominent top bar proponents. Our new President stood up and interceded, Phil was allowed to finish his presentation.


One of our new beekeepers from Artesia commented on the side that the disunity was pretty disturbing, and he is right. This is really about the bees and how we can keep them alive, and working together is the only way we can do it. It is a box that we put BUGS into, it’s shape is not as important as our relationship with the bees and our relationships with each other.


Your new board for the year is Jessie Brown as President (YEA!) Craig Noorlander as Vice President, DJ Nickles as Treasurer, Mike Fickling as Secretary  and Taylor Horst and Phil Remick as directors at large.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on January 18, 2014 at 8:04pm

Maybe I should have said the outer 3 frames on either side are empty of comb or bees. Just providing insulation for now I guess. Will not mess with them again except to feed.

Comment by Paul McCarty on January 18, 2014 at 7:18pm

You really should not pull frames until it warms up. That hate it when you mess with the cluster. They should calm down in the Spring.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on January 18, 2014 at 7:05pm

Was a nice day so I decided to check the Toilet Tank Bees for moths. They were getting agitated when I pulled the top off the hive but when I pulled the 2 outside frames to check for moths it was on. The smoke seemed to make little difference to them. One got me through the coveralls on the forearm and I pulled several stingers out of my rubber gloves afterwards.

They seemed to have little appreciation for the fact I was there to feed them also, but I found no signs of moths this time. Yeaaa!

Forearm is still tender and sore. Too bad I have no arthritis there.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 14, 2014 at 5:59pm

Another great write up by Beverly Eckman Onyskow, it was on the front page AGAIN. I have not seen the printed version but here is a link to the online coverage of our seminar.

Nice job BEV!

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on January 12, 2014 at 7:59am

Yes Paul, they are the Chaparral dogs. We have been caring for them since September and have brought them along about as far as we can with 3 or 4 hours of attention daily. What they need now are homes with full time owners and lots of love and patience.

So, last thing I will say about these dogs on this site as Rob set it up for us beekeepers, not dog lovers, but please, anyone, contact me at if you can help these poor dogs out. Thanks.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 12, 2014 at 6:51am

Welcome Bill Arnold!

It was great to meet you yesterday, get busy in the woodshop!

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

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


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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.


2014 Association Officers

President: Jessie Brown,

Vice President: Craig Noorlander,

Secretary: Mike Fickling,

Treasurer: D.J. Nickles,


Phill Remick,

Taylor Horst,


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