Sign-ups for Festivals

Because we still have slots to fill, and because some of us have leaky memories, we’re posting the sign-ups for the two festivals. The red OPEN represents time slots for which we have NO VOLUNTEER (for obvious reasons, please fill these first if you can). The orange OPEN represents time slots for which we have a lone volunteer (which makes multiple visitors or bathroom breaks difficult). If you are able to fill any of these time slots or have more HONEY we can sell (we are short of what we sold last year), please comment below and/or contact Anne Mahoney at amahoney603@gmail.com or  425-395-6048.

Festival at Mt. Si

FRIDAY 8/7
4pm-6pm Kris Buzzard
 OPEN
6pm-8pm David & Kerstin Springgay
Saturday 8/8
9am – 11am Bill Manganro
  OPEN
11am – 1pm Steve Goodron
  OPEN
1pm – 3pm Melody, plus 2
3pm – 5pm   OPEN
  OPEN
5pm – 8pm Andy
  OPEN
SUNDAY 8/9
9am – 11am Melody, plus 2
Floyd Hall
11am – 1pm Charles Schaffer
Kate
1pm – 3pm Steve Foisie &
Kate & Robert
3pm – 5pm Kate &
Robert

Railroad Days

FRIDAY 8/14
4pm-6pm   OPEN
  OPEN
6pm-8pm Anne & David K
SATURDAY 8/15
9am – 11am Anne
  OPEN
11am – 1pm Tia & Anothony
1pm – 3pm Roger Ledbetter
  OPEN
3pm – 5pm Tyson
  OPEN
5pm – 8pm Anne
  OPEN
Sunday 8/16
9am – 11am Anne
Jerri Johnson
11am – 1pm Bob Combs
Ken Reid
1pm – 3pm Floyd Hall
  OPEN
3pm – 5pm Anne
Debbie Wedcha

 

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August 2015 Meeting

As beekeepers we love our floral sources, especially those wonderful noxious weeds like blackberry and knotweed. However those are both deemed as noxious weeds and fall under the control of the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board. Join us as we talk with Alison Halpern from the Board about what they do and how they work with beekeepers and how we can work together. So join us on August 4th at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center.

Also if you are donating honey to the club’s annual honey sales to raise money for more speakers than bring that to the meeting as well.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
Fix a hive when a virgin queen fails to mate or return and also how to make a split with a queen and multiple bees from different hives in the same yard. This will be the last apiary lesson of the year.
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Fall and Winter Preparations by Robert Clark
Never too soon to start thinking about fall and winter with assessing the queen, the stores, the weather and much more.
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Discussion with the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board. with Alison Halpern

We will be talking about the mission of the board and how they accomplish it. Included is what the board needs to do with regard to the beekeepers and how we can help them to both fulfill their mission and preserve the health of all bees.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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July 2015 Meeting update

A previous post forgot to mention that we’ll be having Danny Najera as our visiting speaker at 8 o’clock tomorrow at the meeting. He’ll be discussing: Navigating the Varroa mite problems. Biology, detection, treatment.

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July 2015 Meeting

With the blackberry flow done (or almost done) it is time to gather around and share your beekeeping stories or even sell that surplus equipment. Also have you wondered about how you can combat the dreaded Varroa mite in your hive? Come to our July 7th meeting where club members will discuss their year and bring your excess equipment to our club garage sale and listen to Danny Najera talk about how to battle those varroa mites.

Also if you are donating honey to the club’s annual honey sales to raise money for more speakers than bring that to the meeting as well.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
How to perform a mite check with a sugar shake, with Charles Schaffer
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Show and Tell by Robert Clark
Share 2-3 minutes on how this year’s beekeeping has been going. Anything new you learned? How went the blackberry flow?
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Navigating the Varroa mite problems. Biology, detection, treatment. by Danny Najera

Danny from PSBA will be discussing the Varroa mite issue and how to combat it.
Danny has been doing honeybee research and education for ~10 years. Specialty in honeybee biology, education and research. For PSBA, Danny served as trustee 2013-14 and is Chair of PSBA’s Research and Education committee. Additionally, he teaches PSBA’s Backyard Beekeeping Class and serves as Neighborhood Captain for the Kent area.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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June 2015 Meeting

Want to know what you should be looking for as plants in your bee garden? What is blooming right now? How do you harvest the honey that the bees have made? Then come for the June 2nd meeting where Robert and Kate will be discussing the northwest pollen and nectar sources and we’ll have a demo of an extraction.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
How to Inspect the Hive, with Charles Schaffer
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Extraction Demo and Q&A by Flack and Ledbetter
This month we’ll have a real life extraction occur so that all can learn and ask questions
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Pacific Northwest Nectar and Pollen Sources by eRobert Clark and Kate

One of the neat benefits of keeping honeybees locally is how much more observant one becomes because of all the native and introduced flowers and blossoms that exist  around us – the Pacific Northwest is an enviable beekeeping environment.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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May 2015 Meeting

Tired of the same old Langstroth hive design? Want to try other home types for the honey bee? Then come for the May 5th meeting where Tel Jensen will be discussing alternative hive designs and low intervention beekeeping.

Also a reminder that Charles Schaffer and Bob Combs will be giving a hands on Apiary lesson at 6pm, weather permitting.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs and Charles Schaffer
Queen Marking, with Charles Schaffer
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark
This month Robert will be going over

  • May Hive Activities
  • Queens and Requeening
  • Splits
  • Yellow jacket Control
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Alternative Hive Designs and Low Intervention Beekeeping by Tel Jensen

Tel will be presenting on alternative hive designs and low intervention beekeeping.  Tel will also be available to share his experiences with bait hives and cut-outs!

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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April Meeting

Want to know what else honeybees do in addition to making sweet honey and pollinating the flowers? Well, come this Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm to learn from Jacqueline Freeman about Biodynamic Beekeeping.

We are also starting up the before meeting Apiary Lessons at 6 pm in the apiary out back. Bob Combs will be there going over what to inspect and how to notice issues in the hive with real hives.

6:00 – 7:00 Hands On Apiary Lessons by Bob Combs
7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark
This month Robert will be going over

  • April Hive Activities
  • Weather Problems and Early Nectar Flows
  • Swarm Management
  • Package Installation
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 Biodynamic Beekeeping by Jacqueline FreemanJACQUELINE FREEMAN is a pioneer in the emerging field of natural beekeeping. A biodynamic farmer, she is gifted in perceiving nature intelligences, particularly honeybees, and has spent many years working alongside them with an open and prayerful heart. Her work with the bees has uncovered how bees fulfill broader roles in the hive and in nature.

Jacqueline teaches bee classes at her farm and honeybee sanctuary in Washington state. The documentary movie “Queen of the Sun” showed her caring work as a gentle swarm rescuer. Her bee articles appear in national magazines and anthologies. She is a featured speaker at conferences for organic and treatment-free beekeeping, permaculture and sustainable agricultural.

In 2013, the Dominican Republic hired her to work with rural beekeepers to help them create healthy bees through respectful and treatment-free beekeeping. Jacqueline’s ongoing bee work is updated on the website, SpiritBee.com. Jacqueline and her husband Joseph live on their biodynamic farm in southwest Washington.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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March Meeting

A friend is eating a banana over at your house and so a bee stings their arm. What do you do? Well, come this Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm to learn from Eastside Fire and Rescue about Emergency Medical Technician training for beekeepers.

7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time
8:00 – 9:00 EMT Training For Beekeepers by Eastside Fire & Rescue

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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February 2015 Meeting

Spring is in the air and bees are starting to fly around, so that must mean that it is time for our beekeeping meetings are starting up again. So join us on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm and share your wintery tales with your fellow beekeepers.

More importantly we will have Jeff Steenbergen from PSBA coming to talk about Top Bar Hives and their advantages.

7:00 – 7:30 Beginners’ Session: Basic Bee Principles by Robert Clark

  • Checking the Health of the Overwintered Colony
    • Externally – Pollen and Weight
    • Internally – Stores and Cluster
    • Cleaning – Bottom Board
  • Preparing for the Coming Spring
    • Feeding, if necessary
    • Ordering Bees and Equipment
    • Assembling Equipment
    • Taking Beekeeping Classes
7:30 – 8:00 Tea Time and Membership Renewal
8:00 – 9:00 Top Bar Hives by Jeff Steenbergen (Puget Sound Beekeepers Association)
Jeff will answer the following questions during his presentation:

  • What is a top bar hive and why are they gaining popularity among hobbyist beekeepers?
  • How do you manage a top bar hive?
  • How does a top bar hive work with bee space and natural comb?
  • and more …

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Additional Beekeeping Class from WSBA

Another beginner beekeeping class is being hosted by the West Sound Beekeepers Association in Silverdale.

Feb 24 to Mar 31 on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8pm. The 2015 class consisting of 6 sessions of approximately 2 hours in length.

If you would like to attend please fill out and send in their registration form.

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