Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is committed to educating both beekeepers and the public about honey bees. One way we do this is by curating interesting and renowned speakers for our meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you enjoy this year’s schedule of speakers and topics!
PSBA meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding July, November, and December. Typically, a beekeeper lesson is offered at 6:30pm and main presentation starts at 7:30pm.
Meetings are at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum.
Here are details for the meeting – no registration needed:
6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
7:00 PSBA Announcements
7:30 Main Meeting Presenter:
Franclyn Heinecke, MA; Region 2 Representative, WSBA; Member, Statewide Honeybee Working Group; Past Vice President, Pierce County Beekeepers Association; Small-scale beekeeper in Puyallup with interests and focus on the need for season-long forage for bees and raising/evaluating queens for vigor in the Pacific Northwest.
Come hear from Franclyn on this interesting topic of: Plants as Medicine for Honeybees: How can we replace their natural food and medicine that is being taken away?
Research on honeybee health increasingly elaborates the importance of bees being able to find season-long natural, nutritious pollen and nectar sources. Unlike sugar and pollen substitutes, natural forage provides specific enzymes that honeybees need to “up-regulate” or strengthen the colony-wide immune response. Honeybees have fewer individual immunity genes; they have evolved with a colony-level “social immunity” where foraging effects of the colony help to strengthen individual immunity responses.
Some of the most nutritious honeybee food sources in Washington come from plants that have been designated as “noxious weeds” and are being systematically poisoned and eradicated across the state. The removal has been going on for a long time, is wide spread and expensive, and harmful to the needs of managed and native pollinators. When important honeybee forage plants are removed, what are possible sources of food replacements that can be replanted to support honeybee health?