Take The Survey…NOW!

In past years Washington State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose … [Read more...]

Revised Miticide Regulations

Honey Bee Macro photo by ?

Revised miticide  regulations have been released.  Here is the latest approved miticides from Washington State Department of Agriculture: Approved Miticide list (PDF) … [Read more...]

County-level pesticide use maps covering the years 1992-2009 USGS

map and data by USGS

  The U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program has posted county-level pesticide use maps covering the years 1992-2009 http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/usage/maps/ . The second page at the site asks to select the chemical of interest. When you do, the 2009 map pops up with darker colors indicating more use. Beneath the map is a table revealing what crops were treated … [Read more...]

Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest – West Sound Beekeepers

Westsoundbeeclass

Join us for our Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course Saturday June 29th, 2013 8:30am- 4:30pm at West Sound Beekeepers Association located in Silverdale Washington at Stedman Bee Supplies. This course is for All beekeepers that want to improve their beekeeping knowlege and become a better beekeeper. westsoundbees.org Whether you have just completed an Apprentice Beekeeping Class and mid … [Read more...]

Honey Bee National Winter Loss and Management Survey – reminder

There are only 7 days left!! The Bee informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is asking you to please participate in the National Winter Loss and Management survey listed below. Both surveys are open only until 15 April 2013. Please click on the link below to take the survey: … [Read more...]

Puget Sound Beekeepers May 18 Field Day

Randy Oliver

Puget Sound Beekeeping Association's 2013 Field Day will feature both a morning indoor session and an afternoon outdoor session in PSBA’s apiary; both sessions will feature Randy Oliver (www.scientificbeekeeping.com) as well as other speakers and learning opportunities. May 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Morning Session: Presentation by Randy Oliver followed by  Q & A. Lunch … [Read more...]

Bee Informed Survey

Bee informed logo

Are you ready to survey? Attention Washington State Beekeepers, in past years your State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is a USDA/NIFA … [Read more...]

idiopathic brood disease syndrome (IBDS)

Photo: Randy Oliver

This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2013.03.04.09.15.archive.html This article is from CATCH THE BUZZ Colonies with IBDS, a new-found disease, are likely to die even with low mite levels. These finding support the growing consensus that the causes of colony mortality are multiple and interrelated. By Matt Shipman A new long-term study of honey bee … [Read more...]

Dry Pollen Feeder

Photo: Paul Lundy PVC pipe feeder

Many are used to mixing pollen substitute with honey or sugar syrup then placing the patty on the hive frames. In the February 2012 issue of American Bee Journal (pages 137 to 139) by T'Lee Sollenberger is a very good article showing alternate methods of feeding supplemental pollen substitute.     I use a 4 inch PVC pipe and put it out just as the Filberts start to … [Read more...]

Indoor Overwintering of Honey Bees

Photo: Eric Olson

Here is an excellent research paper on the biology of wintering honey bees and indoor wintering dynamics from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. The research paper is titled The Biology and Management of Colonies in Winter by Adony Melathopoulos of the Beaverlodge Research Farm, Beaverlodge, Alberta. Biology-and-Management-of-Colonies-in-Winter … [Read more...]