American Foulbrood Disease Survey

My name is Diane Yost and I am in search of apiarists willing to participate in a case study. The deadline to participate is November 2, 2018. As a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 2011-2013, I studied an alternate method of treatment for American Foulbrood disease for my master's thesis.  I am now pursuing further graduate courses at Colorado State University, and am … [Read more...]

Participate in the Tri-National Mite-A-Thon

We encourage all members to participate in the TRI-NATIONAL MITE-A-THON. This is an important event in beekeeping and your data may to help create a solution to Varroa mite infestations. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in  honey bee colonies across North America within … [Read more...]

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...]

Bayer Bee Care Announces Young Beekeeper Award – extended deadline

Deadline Extended: May 31, 2018 The 2018 Bayer Bee Care Young Beekeeper Award provides entrants between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to win a $3,000 (1st place), $2,000 (2nd place) or $1,000 (3rd place) prize to support honey bee-focused initiatives in their schools or communities or to be applied toward college tuition. Any student under 18 who has approval from a legal guardian as well … [Read more...]

Register Your Hives (2018)

Please register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture by April 1st to take advantage of state tax exemptions. Link to the WSDA site: WSDA Apiary site     This is an excerpt from the Honey Bee Work Group report dated December 12, 2014 convened by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). CHALLENGES When beekeepers or bee brokers … [Read more...]

Annual Membership Meeting November 11, 2017

The annual membership meeting will be held on November 11, 2017 at 4pm. The meeting will be held as a teleconference/webinar. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: November 11, 2017 Connection details for telephone and computer participation has been sent to all paid-up members. AGENDA: 4pm: Call to Order Quorum Certification Approval of Minutes from … [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...]

Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses

The commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Sylgard 309 that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops -- such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits -- to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more at the ABJ Extra here: … [Read more...]

EPA Releases Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid. These are pesticide compounds previously proven to kill Honey bees. The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the … [Read more...]

Get Your Noxious Weeds Converted to Bee Forage

Earlier this year, House Bill 2478 was signed into law by the Governor. This bill directs the state Noxious Weed Control Board to conduct a pilot project to convert existing patches of blooming noxious weeds---that bees like---to plants which would still be good forage for bees. These patches of land will be located in many areas of the state and will be overseen by county noxious weed control … [Read more...]