Honey Bees Naturally Vaccinate Their Young

Another study that proves humans are not as unique in their intelligence as we thought they were. An abundance of recent studies have shown how chimpanzees share people’s enjoyment of cooked food and alcohol, and now is the bees’ turn to prove that we’re not all that different. A new study conducted by an international team of researchers from Arizona State University, the Norwegian University … [Read more...]

Beekeeper Training Area 2 and Clark County

I'm an instructor for the Washington State Beekeeping Association Master Beekeeping program for area #2, which includes Clark County. Come join us for Master Beekeeping classes which are moving from the CASSE Center to the Heritage Farm: 1919 NE 78th Street Vancouver WA. Each meeting will be held on the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. You can bring your test there, have them corrected, and … [Read more...]

Have you used HiveTracks? Join the Washington State Beekeepers group!

Hello fellow Beekeepers, I would like to introduce a fascinating and useful web based hive management tool called HiveTracks. It is one the better hive management software I have used. The website is comprehensive and very easy to use. Another great feature is it is free! One very useful item of the site is you can set up a group of members that can share their data with the other beekeepers … [Read more...]

Honeybee Diseases and Pests

This table describes all of the main honeybee diseases and pests. Some, like the Bee Louse and Small Hive Beetle, are not yet a problem in the Inland Northwest. Clicking on “photos” will open up a new window with excellent photos from Zachary Huang of Michigan State University. … [Read more...]

Take The Survey…NOW!

In past years Washington State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose aim … [Read more...]

Revised Miticide Regulations

Revised miticide  regulations have been released.  Here is the latest approved miticides from Washington State Department of Agriculture: Approved Miticide list (PDF) … [Read more...]

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

  The U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program has posted county-level pesticide use maps covering the years 1992-2009 http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/usage/maps/ . 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...]

Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest – West Sound Beekeepers

Join us for our Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course Saturday June 29th, 2013 8:30am- 4:30pm at West Sound Beekeepers Association located in Silverdale Washington at Stedman Bee Supplies. This course is for All beekeepers that want to improve their beekeeping knowlege and become a better beekeeper. westsoundbees.org Whether you have just completed an Apprentice Beekeeping Class and mid … [Read more...]

Honey Bee National Winter Loss and Management Survey – reminder

There are only 7 days left!! The Bee informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is asking you to please participate in the National Winter Loss and Management survey listed below. Both surveys are open only until 15 April 2013. Please click on the link below to take the survey: … [Read more...]

Puget Sound Beekeepers May 18 Field Day

Puget Sound Beekeeping Association's 2013 Field Day will feature both a morning indoor session and an afternoon outdoor session in PSBA’s apiary; both sessions will feature Randy Oliver (www.scientificbeekeeping.com) as well as other speakers and learning opportunities. May 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Morning Session: Presentation by Randy Oliver followed by  Q & A. Lunch will be … [Read more...]