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Michael Bush at Olympia Beekeepers Association!

Save the date! Michael Bush, author of "The Practical Beekeeper" will be presenting a full day of instruction and information on October 25th sponsored by the Olympia Beekeepers Association. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend the day with a renowned beekeeper who will be sharing his knowledge with us. Registration information coming soon!   … [Read more...]

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Seeks Standard For Honey

CATCH THE BUZZ This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.08.20.10.20.archive.html The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on how a federal standard of identity for honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and U.S. agriculture. Here is a PDF describing the petition and comment … [Read more...]

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is offering five $2000 scholarships

FOUNDATION OFFERING FIVE GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, (http://www.abfnet.org/?page=7) is offering five $2000 scholarships to apiculture graduate students in 2015. This is the Foundation’s 10th year to award these scholarships. The Foundation is a charitable research and education foundation affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation … [Read more...]

WSBA is going to the WAS Conference!

Join us at the 2014 Western Apicultural Society Conference and 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring. WSBA is not holding a state conference this year. Instead we are going to the Western Apicultural Society Conference in Missoula, Montana September 17th to 20th.  Go here for the details: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2/Conference_Information/ This is why we are excited about … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Report Bee Kills, Support Funding Evidence Kits

Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled 89,000 colonies in five states. These bee kills were obvious with piles of dead bees at the entrance, dead brood inside the hive, dead adult bees inside the hive, and often dead queens as well. Not all of the bees, … [Read more...]

Another Attack on Our Clean Water Protections

Educate Your U.S. Representative: Tell Them to Protect Our Nation's Waterways from Pesticides Yet again, a select few members of Congress are attempting to rush through the deceptively named  "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act" (HR 935), which would in fact eliminate critical Clean Water Act protections for our nation's waterways. This bill would: (1) undermine federal authority to protect … [Read more...]

Pollinator Week Activities Recap – PSBA

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Puget Sound Beekeepers has been busy as a bee! Pollinator Week 2014 was last week and Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is still feeling the buzz - as volunteers were out in full force, sharing the buzz about bees. The lineup of fun started with six different screenings of the film “More Than Honey”  held in and around several Seattle communities, thanks to efforts of www.Meaningfulmovies.org … [Read more...]

WSBA Board Meeting minutes – June 29, 2014

For those who missed the excellent board meeting complete with delicious food from Rodeo BBQ here are the meeting minutes.   Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Executive Board Meeting June 29, 2014 Meeting called to order at 12:25 p.m. by Mark Emrich. Opening remarks: Nonprofit Issues Affecting WSBA & Local Associations:  Mark Emrich and Brian Johnson have … [Read more...]

Are bees intelligent?

By Anne Buchanan The full aritcle is here :http://ecodevoevo.blogspot.ca/2014/06/are-bees-intelligent.html The other day, Ken and I had coffee with a couple of philosophers who spend their time thinking about philosophy of the mind.  What is consciousness?  Do non-human organisms have consciousness?  What is intelligence?  How do we make decisions?  What about ants?  These are hard … [Read more...]

Mass bee die-offs reported in Portland Oregon area

Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating at least three Portland-area mass bee die-offs that appear to be linked to pesticides. Beekeepers in several locations have reported entire colonies dying suddenly. Estacada beekeeper Jon Beaty checked his hives Wednesday night. "I noticed that there were hundreds of bees lying on the ground in front of … [Read more...]