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First Place 4-H Essay – Elise Dunning, Washington

This year's first place 4-H essay sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees was Elise Dunning, Washington. The topic for the 2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest was: 4-H Essayists Look to Reducing Bee-Killing Pesticide Usage. Here is the first place winner and her essay: First Place – Elise Dunning; Enumclaw, Washington [ read the essay ] … [Read more...]

Honeycombs’ Surprising Secret Revealed


Honeycombs' Surprising Secret Revealed - from By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer The perfect hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells — once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects — has now been explained by simple mechanics. Scientists have marveled at the angular perfection of honeycomb for centuries, but none have been able to clearly describe how it forms. … [Read more...]

EPA fails to protect Honey bees – again

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Fresh from Kim Flottum's CATCH THE BUZZ here: CATCH THE BUZZ - The Other (Sulfoxaflor) Shoe Drops Unified Beekeeping Industry organizations file appeal against EPA for the full registration of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor. Beekeeping Industry not satisfied their submitted concerns were properly addressed by EPA before registration was granted. San Francisco — National Beekeeping … [Read more...]

Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013

Photo: Randy Oliver

Representatives Conyers and Blumenauer Introduce Legislation Protecting Pollinators and America’s Food System Center For Food Safety Pollinator Protection Resources (WASHINGTON) – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Representative Earl Bluemenauer (D-OR) introduced the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013,” which requires the Administrator of the … [Read more...]

Parasitic Phorid flies confirmed in Washington


The first Apocephalus borealis of the season emerged over the weekend from honey bees collected in the Lynnwood Washington area.  Larvae are still emerging as of today. It is unknown if this native parasitoid is going to be a serious problem for beekeepers.  A. borealis is ordinarily a parasitoid of yellowjackets and bumble bees but, apparently, has just recently made the jump to the … [Read more...]

WSBA Annual Conference 2013


The 2013 Washington State Beekeepers Association annual conference is October 3 – 5, 2013 at the Best Western Evergreen Inn and Suites located in Federal Way, WA. Learn about … Sustainable beekeeping practices. West Coast beekeeping methods. The latest research in honeybee health. Methods to raise your own queens. On-line registration here.  Mail-In Registration … [Read more...]

2013 Beekeeper of the Year

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Beginning in 1987, The Washington State Beekeepers Association wanted to recognize the importance of Washington State beekeepers who make a significant impact on the industry. Each year Local Associations are asked to submit a candidate of their choice to receive the WSBA Beekeeper of the Year Award, to be voted on by the WSBA Executive Board prior to the annual meeting. The selections are … [Read more...]

County-level pesticide use maps covering the years 1992-2009 USGS

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  The U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program has posted county-level pesticide use maps covering the years 1992-2009 . The second page at the site asks to select the chemical of interest. When you do, the 2009 map pops up with darker colors indicating more use. Beneath the map is a table revealing what crops were treated … [Read more...]

Honey bees to share SeaTac flight path

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News SeaTac Airport has agreed to use some of its immense safety buffer to help a local food group try to bolster declining honey bee numbers. The group Common Acre is now tending to hives at three locations in the open meadows surrounding Sea-Tac’s runways. Keeper Bob Redmond said he got the idea from a similar program in Chicago and took it to the Port of … [Read more...]

Pesticide Causes Largest Mass Bumble Bee Death on Record

Oregon Department of Agriculture confirms deaths due to application of insecticide known as Safari. Read the details here. Wilsonville OR. — Scientists investigating the mass death of bumble bees in Wilsonville, Oregon say that pesticides are the most likely cause. The incident first came to light on Saturday when shoppers at a Target store reported finding tens of thousands of dead bees in … [Read more...]