WSBA is going to the WAS Conference!

Join us at the 2014 Western Apicultural Society Conference and 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring.

WSBA is not holding a state conference this year. Instead we are going to the Western Apicultural Society Conference in Missoula, Montana September 17th to 20th.  Go here for the details: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2/Conference_Information/

This is why we are excited about going to WAS! The first day, Wednesday Sept 17, is the 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring (the first was held two years ago at the Eastern Apicultural Society Conference). For those with a technical bent, speakers from four different countries will be discussing the latest high-tech equipment and methods of what goes on in the beehive, including distance monitoring.

The following two days are designated the WAS Conference, again with a speaker roster of incredible people and information, and at a less technical level since WAS is geared primarily for the smaller/hobby beekeepers. (Commercials, don’t let that scare you off. There are many you will enjoy too.)

For the younger crowd, pay particular attention to the “Next Generation Beekeepers Summit” invitation from ‘Bee Girl’ Sarah Red-Laird for a fun evening downtown and some serious business for those who will be carrying the beekeeping ball in the next 20+ years.

The “Week of the Bee” winds up on Saturday with a morning of workshops (tentative list available on request, full list in registration kits) followed by a big Honey Harvest Festival in the afternoon.

Deadline for early bird registration is Friday, August 15th. As long as your registration is POST-MARKED by that date, you are eligible for the lower price. Please note that the Color Run shown on the registration form has been cancelled.

A block of 100 rooms has been set aside at the Doubletree by Hilton Edgewater Hotel, right across the river from the university of Montana, Missoula campus where most of the activity takes place. WAS rate is $120 a night single, $10 surcharge for 2, 3 or 4 people sharing a room (an oddity that apparently stems from the fact a lot of families turn up for university games and other events). Call Courtney at 406-542-4611 or email her at Courtney.blowers@hilton.com to book a room under WAS. If you need a list of other accommodations in the area, email Fran Bach (febach3@gmail.com or editor@wasba.org).

Parking is mostly not available on campus so plan on leaving your vehicle at the hotel and walking. There are footbridges across the river so you don’t need to fight traffic, and there is a drop-off point on campus for anyone who needs to ride. If you are flying into Missoula, the Doubletree has a shuttle between the hotel and airport, and during your stay, any downtown travel is easy via an excellent bus service (that also serves the campus on about a 15 minute schedule).

Please have a look at the agenda (Agenda WAS2014), the registration form (WAS2014_Registration form), and make plans to join us in Missoula. You’ll be glad you did!

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