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

New to beekeeping

Hello everyone, I'm happy to announce my new found hobby. I've web interested for years and now have time/space to get it going. I normally use reclaimed materials and hand make everything, adds a…Continue

Started by Jason Patton yesterday.

Dog Canyon 1 Reply

Has anyone got the bees in Dog Canyon yet? If not, I will go. Claude Claflin 575-430-2911Continue

Started by Claude Claflin. Last reply by Rob Shepler on Tuesday.

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 Apr 17.

New Hive 1 Reply


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

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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.

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.


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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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