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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...]

The WASBA Conference is February 9 – here are some details

Here are some great reasons for attending the WASBA Conference!                          Scientific                                                                Hobbyist Pollen-Based Carbon Micro-Particles: A new approach to protecting bees from pesticides Presented by Dr. Waled Suliman, Washington State University Bees, Science & How the Media Gets it Wrong Presented by Dr. Kevin … [Read more...]

December President’s Message

With our bees put to “bed” for the winter, there’s not a lot for us beekeepers to do but plan for the coming year – and hope that our colonies survive the winter! The WASBA yearly beekeeping conference is coming up quickly. Register today at: https://bit.ly/2RHBWky and don't forget to add the after conference social! The conference will be on Feb. 9th, 2019 at Eastern Washington University in … [Read more...]

WASBA is on Facebook

The Honey bee is an amazing social insect and sharing your experiences with your favorite beekeepers is something we enjoy. WASBA is now on Facebook! Please follow us and share! https://www.facebook.com/WASBA.ORG/ … [Read more...]

Reenergized Annual Conference Coming February 9, 2019

Save the date! WASBA invites you to join us for a reenergized annual conference in 2019. The one day, Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference, will be held February 9, beginning at 8 AM on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. Many thanks to our event sponsors Glory Bee  Mann Lake  and The Holiday Inn.  Two speaker tracks include a science track and a hobby … [Read more...]

American Foulbrood Disease Survey

My name is Diane Yost and I am in search of apiarists willing to participate in a case study. The deadline to participate is November 2, 2018. As a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 2011-2013, I studied an alternate method of treatment for American Foulbrood disease for my master's thesis.  I am now pursuing further graduate courses at Colorado State University, and am … [Read more...]

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...]

Register Your Hives (2018)

Please register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture by April 1st to take advantage of state tax exemptions. Link to the WSDA site: WSDA Apiary site     This is an excerpt from the Honey Bee Work Group report dated December 12, 2014 convened by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). CHALLENGES When beekeepers or bee brokers … [Read more...]