Now is the time to be getting ready for the upcoming season. If the weather is permitting, check to see if your hives are still alive. Look to see if the bees are doing cleansing flights. There will be dead bees in the snow outside the hive. This is normal. Put your ear to the side of the hive. If you don't hear anything, feel free to give it a quick rap. If the colony is dead, order some packages. If it is alive, great news. once again, weather permitting, check the stores of the live hives. Quickly ascertain if supplemental feeding is needed, and if so, add. Once again, speed is important. quick in and out. This is also the time to be working on your woodenware. Order / build what is needed so you can be ready for spring buildup. Repair equipment that was damaged last season. While we are on the topic of preparation, you may want to consider signing up for a beekeeping class. We have two rapidly approaching in our area. These can be found in the upcoming events on the home page. After this is accomplished, curl up with a good book and wait out the cold along with your bees.