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Puget Sound ZomBee Watch

University of Washington, Department of Biology The UW Department of Biology is supplementing the nation-wide ZomBee Watch program ( with our own local, intensified sampling effort. We hope to learn more about this interesting, newly recognized honey bee parasite. Please help by sending us suspicious samples.       Contact us directly for a … [Read more...]

WSU Research Grants Approved

Each year WSU graduate students request the support of the Washington State Beekeepers Association to further basic honey bee research at WSU Entomology Department. Many times, the research WSU completed had a positive impact on commercial and small scale beekeepers ability to manage honey bees. This year three students received $7,500 in funding; Brandon K. Hopkins – PhD student and Research … [Read more...]

WSBA Annual Conference 2013 Register Now!


The State conference is this week! Sign up now! Don't miss out on a great bunch of presentations that will make you a better beekeeper. Conference Agenda here (PDF) WSBA Annual Conference 2013 is just around the corner starting October 3! More details here: The 2013 Washington State Beekeepers Association annual conference is October 3 … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides, PNW 591

Photo by Remesh Sagili

The latest version of the How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides publication (PNW 591) is now available. For a free, downloadable PDF version go here: PNW951 … [Read more...]

Passage of a beekeeper – Jim Bach

Jim Bach working the bees

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know of the passing of our secretary Jim Bach. Jim had many things to his credit. His list of accomplishments is long, and and here is but a brief glimpse. Jim began beekeeping in 1969 when he collected a swarm in a Seattle neighborhood. Jim became the local four county state seasonal bee inspector for two seasons. Jim also formed a bee supply … [Read more...]

WSDA News: Gardening? Quick tips to keep bees buzzing in your garden

WSDA logo

 – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has developed a new pamphlet meant to help guide home gardeners on the ways to protect bees and other pollinating insects from the possible effects of certain pesticides. The guide, “10 Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides,” offers information on pesticide use and bees, web sites with information on the topic, and tips to reduce … [Read more...]

‘Bee friendly’ plants may actually be toxic to bees


by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News Bee advocates on Wednesday released a report they say found some plants marketed as ‘bee friendly’ actually contain pesticides that can harm or even kill honey bees. The group Friends of the Earth released the report that says 7 of the 13 plants they purchased from major retailers tested positive for neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that some tests … [Read more...]

New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees – EPA

Fresh from Kim Flottum's CATCH THE BUZZ here: CATCH THE BUZZ - EPA Beefs up Pesticide Labels New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are … [Read more...]

The Plight of the Honeybee: Time Magazine

Photograph by Hannah Whitaker for Time

The Plight of the Honeybee -- Time Magazine By Bryan Walsh You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honey bee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you'll eat today. From the almond orchards of central California--where each spring billions of honeybees from across the U.S. arrive to pollinate a multibillion-dollar crop--to the blueberry bogs of Maine, the bees are the … [Read more...]

Legislative Update – August 2013

The Washington State Legislature had a fractious year, with two special sessions required to get the budget ironed out. Spending and taxes were at the top of everyone's agenda, for or against. There were very few tax exemptions enacted into law this year, but we beekeepers successfully made our case. Due to the work of WSBA President Mark Emrich and other dedicated beekeepers who took the time to … [Read more...]