President’s January Message

I thought it might be fun to look back over the past year to see just how far we have come as an organization, so here is my “State of WASBA” address. After a long absence, WASBA has reinstituted our annual beekeepers conference. We have a great conference committee who have worked together to pull this off. As of this writing, we have nearly 150 participants signed up for the event and we … [Read more...]

2019 WASBA General Membership Meeting

February 9, 2019 4:20 PM, Reading Room, Hargreaves Hall, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. All WASBA members are invited to attend the annual membership meeting that will take place immediately following the last presentation of the annual conference. In addition to an update from WASBA President Kevin Oldenburg, election of the Board of Directors will take place.Current WASBA members can … [Read more...]

Spread the Word on How You Can Help Save the Bees!

One of the easiest ways to protect the bees is to pay attention to how we garden. So, to spread the word and work towards creating a better environment for our flying friends, GloryBee has built a quick guide on how the average gardener can help protect the bees. You can find it here: https://glorybee.com/blog/horticultural-hive-mind-a-gardeners-guide-to-protecting-the-bees/  … [Read more...]

WASBA is on Facebook

The Honey bee is an amazing social insect and sharing your experiences with your favorite beekeepers is something we enjoy. WASBA is now on Facebook! Please follow us and share! https://www.facebook.com/WASBA.ORG/ … [Read more...]

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...]