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 . 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. 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 ( 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...]

Bee Informed Survey

Are you ready to survey? Attention Washington State Beekeepers, in past years your 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 (BIP) is a USDA/NIFA … [Read more...]

idiopathic brood disease syndrome (IBDS)

This ezine is also available online at This article is from CATCH THE BUZZ Colonies with IBDS, a new-found disease, are likely to die even with low mite levels. These finding support the growing consensus that the causes of colony mortality are multiple and interrelated. By Matt Shipman A new long-term study of honey bee … [Read more...]

Dry Pollen Feeder

Many are used to mixing pollen substitute with honey or sugar syrup then placing the patty on the hive frames. In the February 2012 issue of American Bee Journal (pages 137 to 139) by T'Lee Sollenberger is a very good article showing alternate methods of feeding supplemental pollen substitute.     I use a 4 inch PVC pipe and put it out just as the Filberts start to bloom. Two … [Read more...]

Indoor Overwintering of Honey Bees

Here is an excellent research paper on the biology of wintering honey bees and indoor wintering dynamics from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. The research paper is titled The Biology and Management of Colonies in Winter by Adony Melathopoulos of the Beaverlodge Research Farm, Beaverlodge, Alberta. Biology-and-Management-of-Colonies-in-Winter … [Read more...]

Master Beekeeper papers and oral presentations

Master Level Certification papers are required for completion for Master Beekeeper. The most recent papers and oral presentations submitted to the Committee are located on the Master level page here; Master Beekeeper Page … [Read more...]