August 2019 President’s Message

My wife and I began keeping bees 8 years ago and for the first 4 years, we lost nearly every hive over the winter. We worked hard each year to make sure that the bees had the best opportunity to survive winter, but each spring, nearly all of our hives died. Upon examining our dead hives I saw hat we had plenty of honey in the hives and a large cluster of dead bees in a ball somewhere in the hive. … [Read more...]

From The President

I recently attended the “Bees of Summer” conference hosted by the Mid Colum- bia Beekeepers Association in the Tri-Cities. They had some great speakers and I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know. The conference on Saturday was followed by a hands on demonstration at their Apiary on Sunday. Steve Page from Barrington Farms Apiary in Georgia presented on how to split hives and make your … [Read more...]

Wonders of the Hive

For 2019 BG Bees will be offering “in hive” learning. Each bee club, state and regional forum is filled with information on various aspects of beekeeping. The typical Backyard Beekeeper reads, watches YouTube, and possibly browses other forums. What is screaming to acquire is “hands on” experience through the assistance of highly qualified “bee ICONs”. Each person attending will be exposed to a … [Read more...]

Approved Membership Meeting Minutes February 9, 2019

Hi folks, here are the latest meeting minutes. I’ll get the new Board members posted on the website soon! Called to Order by Kevin Oldenburg, President at approximately 4:35 p.m. February 9, 2019 at Eastern Washington University.  Minutes taken by Ellen Miller, filling in as temporary Secretary. A quorum is present. Election of BOD members:  All nominees listed on the written ballot … [Read more...]


February 9, 2019 8AM – 5PM 8 – 9 AM Registration and Check-in 9 – 9:50             Scientific: Mobile Apps for Pest and Disease Management in Honey Bees – Jerry Bromenshank             Hobby: Bees, Science and How the Media Gets it Wrong – Kevin Oldenburg 9:55 – 10:45             Scientific: Improving Honey Bee … [Read more...]

The WASBA Conference is February 9 – Make Plans Now to Attend

Here are some great reasons for attending the WASBA Conference!                          Scientific                                                                … [Read more...]

December President’s Message

With our bees put to “bed” for the winter, there’s not a lot for us beekeepers to do but plan for the coming year – and hope that our colonies survive the winter! The WASBA yearly beekeeping conference is coming up quickly. Register today at: and don't forget to add the after conference social! The conference will be on Feb. 9th, 2019 at Eastern Washington University in … [Read more...]

Reenergized Annual Conference Coming February 9, 2019

Save the date! WASBA invites you to join us for a reenergized annual conference in 2019. The one day, Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference, will be held February 9, beginning at 8 AM on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. Many thanks to our event sponsors Glory Bee  Mann Lake  and The Holiday Inn.  Two speaker tracks include a science track and a hobby … [Read more...]

Presidents Message – September, 2018

Lots of exciting changes coming to the Washington State Beekeepers Association!  First and foremost, we are updating our website. We know that there is a lot of stuff on our site that is out of date, and we’re working on revamping it.  Paul Lundy, our webmaster, is leading up this effort. He’s done an excellent job for us, and he and his group of volunteers hope to have the new site up by the end … [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...]