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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...]

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. Two speaker tracks include a science track and a hobby track. Our keynote speaker is Sara Red-Laird, AKA The Bee Girl. Enjoy social time … [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 We know that there is a lot of stuff on our site that is out of date, and we’re working on revamping it.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...]

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...]

Annual Membership Meeting November 11, 2017

The annual membership meeting will be held on November 11, 2017 at 4pm. The meeting will be held as a teleconference/webinar. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: November 11, 2017 Connection details for telephone and computer participation has been sent to all paid-up members. AGENDA: 4pm: Call to Order Quorum Certification Approval of Minutes from … [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...]