Participate in the Tri-National Mite-A-Thon

We encourage all members to participate in the TRI-NATIONAL MITE-A-THON. This is an important event in beekeeping and your data may to help create a solution to Varroa mite infestations. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in  honey bee colonies across North America within … [Read more...]

Presidents Message – September, 2018

Lots of exciting changes coming to the Washington State Beekeepers Association!  First and foremost, we are updating our website. We know that there is a lot of stuff on our site that is out of date, and we’re working on revamping it.  Paul Lundy, our webmaster, is leading up this effort. He’s done an excellent job for us, and he and his group of volunteers hope to have the new site up by the end … [Read more...]

April 2018 Survey results; Bee Losses of Washington Beekeepers

Bee Losses of Washington Beekeepers by Dewey M. Caron & Ramesh Sagili The annual Oregon State University (OSU) survey of commercial (500+ colonies) and semi-commercial (50-500 colony) beekeepers documents bee colony overwintering losses reduced from the previous year. Four (4) Washington commercial beekeepers managing 26,115 (simple average = 6,504 col/individual) lost 7,888 colonies = 28% … [Read more...]

Bayer Bee Care Announces Young Beekeeper Award – extended deadline

Deadline Extended: May 31, 2018 The 2018 Bayer Bee Care Young Beekeeper Award provides entrants between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to win a $3,000 (1st place), $2,000 (2nd place) or $1,000 (3rd place) prize to support honey bee-focused initiatives in their schools or communities or to be applied toward college tuition. Any student under 18 who has approval from a legal guardian as well … [Read more...]

West Plains Beekeeper Classes for 2018

Interested students can register at our website - wpbeekeepers.org. Journeyman class: February 14, 21, 28 and March 14, 21, 28, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Six Wednesdays) Eighteen hours of instruction, WASBA Apprentice Certification required before class For more information:  call 801-923-3797; or email westplainsbeekeepers@gmail.com Class Fee is $50 Location of class:  Pizza … [Read more...]

Bees Are Slowly Going Extinct. These Prisoners Are Trying To Stop That.

Through the West Plains Beekeepers Association, the Washington State Airway Heights Corrections Center established a local beekeeping club. Jim Miller of West Plains helped teach a select group of inmates on basic beekeeping skills. The correctional facility has been working with Jim to develop a fully sustainable program within the facility. Read more at the Huffington Post … [Read more...]

4-H Essay Contest for 2017: Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

The 4-H Essay Contest for 2017 is sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  The 2017 4-H essay contest topic is: How Can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) More Effectively Protect Honey Bees from Pesticide Exposure?” Beekeeping has had its five minutes of fame for the past five years. Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are … [Read more...]

Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses

The commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Sylgard 309 that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops -- such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits -- to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more at the ABJ Extra here: … [Read more...]

EPA Releases Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid. These are pesticide compounds previously proven to kill Honey bees. The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the … [Read more...]

Get Your Noxious Weeds Converted to Bee Forage

Earlier this year, House Bill 2478 was signed into law by the Governor. This bill directs the state Noxious Weed Control Board to conduct a pilot project to convert existing patches of blooming noxious weeds---that bees like---to plants which would still be good forage for bees. These patches of land will be located in many areas of the state and will be overseen by county noxious weed control … [Read more...]