Olympia Beekeepers Association installs Honey bee colonies at the Governor’s Mansion

State agencies work to feed, support Washington’s bees. About 30,000 bees arriving on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion claimed all the apiary attention April 20th. But behind the scenes, several other state agencies are working to improve forage for bees, including encouraging native plants to grow along freeways and distributing seed packets to help people grow bee-friendly plants. Last … [Read more...]

Pollination and Protecting Pollinators – WSU

Here is a link to a delightful video on Pollination and Protecting Pollinators; produced by WSU Extension service. The video is a little over 52 minutes long. https://vimeo.com/146957716 … [Read more...]

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases Associated Press, By SETH BORENSTEIN Jan. 6, 2016 11:31 AM EST http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0a90958c813946bd928443f07479255b/apnewsbreak-epa-says-pesticide-harms-bees-some-cases WASHINGTON (AP) — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the … [Read more...]

Bee-related video segments; Paris climate change conference

Here are some excerpts of honey bee-related videos developed for and shown at the recent climate change conference in Paris, France by videographer Nils Aucante through the Tzu Chi Foundation. Nils was in Washington State in March, 2015 to interview beekeepers for these videos. Other beekeepers interviewed for the series and presentation were from France and Haiti. Thank you Franclyn Heinecke for … [Read more...]

NAPPC National Beekeeper Survey

We are trying to expand property tax benefits to beekeepers in order to preserve forage lands.  This survey will help us to propose guidelines for these benefits. Julie Zahniser Chair, Forage & Nutrition Task Force, NAPPC The Forage, Nutrition and Roadside Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign is reaching out to beekeepers to help us determine appropriate standards … [Read more...]

HopGuard is approved by the EPA

HopGuard, a miticide derived from hop compounds, is approved for general use. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered HopGuard® II, a new biochemical miticide, Potassium Salts of Hops Beta Acids (K-HBAs), which is intended to provide another option for beekeepers to combat the devastating effects of the Varroa mite on honey bee colonies and to avoid the development of resistance … [Read more...]

Annual Membership Meeting October 11, 2015

The annual membership meeting is this October 11, 2015 at the delicious Rodeo BBQ in Ellensburg Washington. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: October 11, 2015 Rodeo City BBQ Restaurant, 204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926 Chairs, Committee Meetings 10 a.m. to Noon Noon to 12:30 Lunch 12:30 Annual Meeting Agenda: Approval of Minutes from July 2015 WSBA … [Read more...]

Passage of a Beekeeper – Ron Babcock

Ronald Wayne Babcock, Sr. “Ron” June 26, 1940 – Sept 21, 2015 Ron peacefully passed away early on the morning of Sept. 21st at home in Arlington, WA. He was born in Winfield, Kansas to Margie Lee Babcock (Workman) and Wayne Zoll Babcock and grew up in Oxford, KS until the age of 17 before joining the US Navy. He served from 1959-1963 on the USS Tortuga. Ron married LaVonne Stills in El … [Read more...]

Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3)

Hello everyone. I bet you were holding your breath just waiting for the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan stakeholder meeting to discuss the development of a managed pollinator protection plan (MP3)  in Washington. I know I was excited to see the meeting date. The MP3 stakeholder meeting (Agenda for MP3 Stakeholder Meeting 20150806) was at 9:00 AM on August 14, in room 172 at the Natural … [Read more...]

Big Win for Honey Bees & Beekeepers as Court Voids Insecticide

A United States appeals court ruled on Thursday that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and giving environmentalists a major victory. The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, is significant for commercial beekeepers and others who say a decline in bee colonies … [Read more...]