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...]

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...]

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...]

4-H Essay Contest for 2017: Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

The 4-H Essay Contest for 2017 is sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  The 2017 4-H essay contest topic is: How Can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) More Effectively Protect Honey Bees from Pesticide Exposure?” Beekeeping has had its five minutes of fame for the past five years. Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are … [Read more...]

Pollination and Protecting Pollinators – WSU

Here is a link to a delightful video on Pollination and Protecting Pollinators; produced by WSU Extension service. The video is a little over 52 minutes long. https://vimeo.com/146957716 … [Read more...]

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...]