National Honey Bee Health Survey

USDA is collaborating with the University of Maryland to conduct a comprehensive national honey bee pest survey over several years to get information about bee health and changes in bee health over time. They are looking for beekeepers interested in participating in the survey.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions contact Yolanda Inguanzo

Information about the Survey

USDA is conducting large scale multi- year bee health surveys. We are looking for volunteers.

  • Apiaries must have at least 10 colonies, 8 will be sampled
  • 2 samples of ¼ cup each will be collected from each colony
  • One frame per colony will be visually examined and “tapped” to dislodge any parasites which will then be collected
  • Samples will be analyzed for exotic pests not known to occur in N America and other pests to get a data set of general bee health
  • 5 colonies per state that elect to be part of a longitudinal study, will be sampled in the spring and fall and additional information will be collected
  • Wax samples of 3 grams can be tested for 200 known pesticides
  • Confidentiality will be maintained, data shared publicly is at the state level
  • More information can be found at: Beeinformed.org
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Free Seattle Pollinator Conservation Workshop

Sowing Biodiversity

Restoring Land for Pollinators

Seattle Central Public Library
Tuesday, June 26 • 12:30pm-1:30pm

Join the Xerces Society’s Eric-Lee-Mäder for a conversation on the current state of pollinator conservation art and science

Since 2008, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has worked to help restore more than 700,000 acres of habitat for bees and butterflies nationwide.

Topics include:

  • The Conservation Status of Pollinators and the Future of Food and Biodiversity
  • Native Bee Ecology
  • Habitat Restoration in Urban and Rural Landscapes

Register at kingcd.eventbright.com

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Resources from the June 5th Meeting

So Matthew Schwartz from Earth Corps shared the Habitat Restoration Guide which is accessible at their website earthcorps.org.

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June 2018 Meeting

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Monthly Meeting, June 5th.

6:00-6:50 Apiary Meeting by Charles Schaffer
Charles will be going through hive techniques in the apiary. Come see live bees and learn about what you might see or look out for in your hives this month.
7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
Come and listen to Robert talk about some items especially for new beekeepers and also get input from some more experienced beekeepers.
7:30-8:30 Pollinator Presentation by Matthew Schwartz
Matthew Schwartz is the Ecologist & Field Operations Manager of Earth Corps. He will be giving a Pollinator presentation and speaking about his newly completed
Native Pollinator Restoration Practitioners Guide.
8:30-9:00 Tea Time & Club Announcements by Diane Price

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.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

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May 2018 Meeting

On May 1st at the monthly meeting we will have Bob Combs give a presentation. We also are starting the Apiary meetings before the general meeting again. So come out to the Apiary at 6pm where Charles will go through step by step working on the hive.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

6:00-6:50 Apiary Meeting by Charles Schaffer
Charles will be going through hive techniques in the apiary. Come see live bees and learn about what you might see or look out for in your hives.
7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles Schaffer
Come and listen to Charles talk about some items especially for new beekeepers and also get input from some more experienced beekeepers as well.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time
8:00-9:00 Presentation on Beekeeping by Bob Combs
Bob will be giving a great presentation on beekeeping and some interesting new insights that he has accumulated over many, many years as a beekeeper. This will include new research that will help all of us become better beekeepers.

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 2018 Meeting

On April 3rd at the monthly meeting we will have some of our members will be giving demonstrations on creative ways to use honey, wax and pollen. Come and see their crafts and ask questions.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles Schaffer
Come and listen to Charles explain what to do as now the bees are in full swing with these warm enough days to go and gather.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time/Announcements
8:00-9:00 Craft Fair by Various Members

Kris B. Lip balm, soap and candles
Lori A. Hand salve, lip balm
Brian G. Eastside Fire & Rescue: Benevolent Fund & Mead
Chris G Custom hive top
Melody G Food- Baklava demo
Erin B & Ken S. Chapstick, Cleaning wax, honey sticks

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 2018 Meeting

On March 6th at the monthly meeting we will have Robert Clark break apart and reassemble his Demonstration Hive that he has been using in the last four decades of teaching beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest.
Through the generous support of the many of the major beekeeping supply houses who donated parts of this hive, we have a nice collection of various beginning, intermediate, and migratory equipment and devices that now belong to the SVBA for our use.
He will also show you a light-weight swarm catching and transporting box to provide ideas for your own use.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles Schaffer
Come and listen to Charles explain what to do as the bees are starting to fly out and gather pollen and nectar, on those non rainy days.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time
8:00-9:00 Demonstration Hive Demonstration by Robert Clark
Robert will explain about his demonstration hive and how it is useful for teaching people about beekeeping. He also will show a light-weight swarm catching box for those that would like to gather colonies as they try to find a new home.

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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WA State Legislation Update – SHB 2640

The legislation (Substitute House Bill 2640) that protects registered beekeepers from legal prosecution of perceived civil damage (including allergic reactions from bee stings) has passed unanimously out of committee. Now it needs to get out of the house rules committee and that is where we could use everyone’s help. Below is the email from the legislative chair of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.

Many thanks to those who called and emailed to get the Beekeeper Liability Protection bill heard by the House Judiciary committee. It was!

And it passed unanimously out of committee, in spite of testimony against from a lobbyist representing trial lawyers. He raised the point that “willful and wanton” is a very high standard to reach for misconduct. Chair Jinkins also expressed a similar concern, so the sponsor, Rep. Buys, agreed to amend the wording to “reckless.”

Rep. Buys introduces the bill (6 minutes)
Testimony on the bill (14 minutes)
Judiciary committee votes (3 minutes)

 

What to do next?

Email and/or Call the members of the House Rules committee.

The bill must be pulled from Rules to be heard on the floor of the House. Any member of the committee can do so. We should contact them all now.

Bergquist, Steve (D)           (360) 786-7862        Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov              Chopp, Frank (D)                (360) 786-7920        Frank.Chopp@leg.wa.gov              Haler, Larry (R)                   (360) 786-7986        Larry.Haler@leg.wa.gov              Hargrove, Mark (R)             (360) 786-7918        Mark.Hargrove@leg.wa.gov              Harmsworth, Mark (R)        (360) 786-7892        Mark.Harmsworth@leg.wa.gov              Holy, Jeff (R)                       (360) 786-7962        Jeff.Holy@leg.wa.gov              Johnson, Norm (R)              (360) 786-7810       Norm.Johnson@leg.wa.gov              Kraft, Vicki (R)                     (360) 786-7994        Vicki.Kraft@leg.wa.gov              Kretz, Joel (R)                     (360) 786-7988        Joel.Kretz@leg.wa.gov              Kristiansen, Dan (R)            (360) 786-7967        Dan.Kristiansen@leg.wa.gov              Lovick, John (D)                   (360) 786-7804       John.Lovick@leg.wa.gov              McBride, Joan (D)                (360) 786-7848       Joan.McBride@leg.wa.gov              McDonald, Joyce (R)           (360) 786-7968        Joyce.McDonald@leg.wa.gov              Ortiz-Self, Lillian (D)             (360) 786-7972        Lillian.Ortiz-Self@leg.wa.gov              Orwall, Tina (D)                    (360) 786-7834        Tina.Orwall@leg.wa.gov              Pettigrew, Eric (D)                (360) 786-7838        Eric.Pettigrew@leg.wa.gov              Riccelli, Marcus (D)              (360) 786-7888        Marcus.Riccelli@leg.wa.gov              Senn, Tana (D)                     (360) 786-7894        Tana.Senn@leg.wa.gov              Springer, Larry (D)                (360) 786-7822        Larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov              Stanford, Derek (D)              (360) 786-7928        Derek.Stanford@leg.wa.gov              Sullivan, Pat (D)                   (360) 786-7858        Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov              Tarleton, Gael (D)                 (360) 786-7860        Gael.Tarleton@leg.wa.gov              Van Werven, Luanne (R)      (360) 786-7980        Luanne.VanWerven@leg.wa.gov              Wilcox, J.T. (R)                     (360) 786-7912        JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov              Wylie, Sharon (D)                 (360) 786-7924        Sharon.Wylie@leg.wa.gov

Ask them to pull 2640 from Rules, tell them it passed unanimously from committee, and it is good for beekeepers and for urban agriculture. The message need not be long, and the message you say or type can be the same to each legislator, in your own words, of course. If you use the above email links, the subject line and message body are empty, so remember to fill them in. And don’t forget to put your name at the bottom of the email.

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February 2018 Meeting

On February 6th at the monthly meeting we will have Debra Langley-Boyer give a presentation on a new (to the USA) style of hive, AZ Slovenian Hive. Also Charles S. will be reviewing basic beekeeping for the winter months.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles
Come and listen to Charles explain what to do while the bees are getting out of their cluster and maybe even starting on the maples.
7:30-8:30 Mad Honey Presentation by Debra Langley-Boyer
What is an AZ Slovenian Hive?  Basically, it is a bee hive that opens like a cupboard from the back.  It is usually inside a bee house where you work. The bees come and go from outside.  Europe has been using this style of hive for over a hundred years.  More people are using the AZ hive in the USA.  It is great for all our rain and not lifting.
8:30-9:00 Tea Time/Closing

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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Trifecta Beekeeping Event

An awesome Trifecta Beekeeping Event, sponsored by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and BG Bees, will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Best Western PLUS Hood River Inn in the Columbia Gorge, Hood River. Guest speakers include:

  • Thomas D. Seeley presenting
    • Darwinian Beekeeping
    • The bee colony as a honey factory
      • biologist and writer, is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior, social life, and ecology of honey bees. Tom is an avid beekeeper and began keeping bees while a high school student, when he shook a swarm into a box and brought it home. His scientific work is summarized in four books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), Honeybee Democracy (2010), and Following the Wild Bees (2016).
  • Andony Melathopoulos presenting
    • Where is the Value of Valuing the Pollination Services of Bees to Agriculture?
    • Doing the Multiplication: Expanding your apiary the old school and “the Next Generation” way 
      • is an Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. His work at OSU comes out of a mandate from the Oregon Legislature to create a state-wide pollinator safety and outreach program. Prior to coming to OSU, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Biology at the University of Calgary working with Shelley Hoover and Ralph Cartar on canola pollination. He holds an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University (2015) and a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University (1999). Formerly he worked as the chief technician in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Apiculture Research program (2000-2012).
  • Alison McAfee presenting
    • Honey bee necromones: finding the brood cues that stimulate hygienic behavior
    • Why are scientists making transgenic honey bees?
      • is a Ph.D. in Dr. Leonard Foster’s Laboratory studying the mechanisms of hygienic behavior in honey bees. Using RNAi to probe the functions of several proteins that are tightly correlated with the behavior, including odorant binding proteins and others involved in neuron signal transduction in the antennae. Using mass spectrometry as a tool for protein quantification by parallel reaction monitoring.

In an effort to partner with bee clubs, an opportunity to reduce the registration fee to your members by a special discount of $10.00, which may be placed in your treasury or you may choose to pass it on to your members, is available.

Advance reservations are offered at a $10 discount off the Early Bird pricing ($85.69 – $10.00 = $75.69). Clubs may choose to retain the $10.00 for their use, but the ‘block of tickets’, must be purchased before January 15th, 2018. Hotel rooms are available at a group discount which includes a breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant by specifying BG Bees at time of reservation directly with the hotel (855) 214-4563:

Room Type Fri/Sat Sun-Thurs
Non-View Single Queen $134.00 $125.00
Non-View Double Queen $152.00 $143.00
Riverview Single King $179.00 $170.00
Riverview Double Queen $188.00 $179.00
Executive Level Non-View King $170.00 $161.00
Executive Level Riverview King $197.00 $188.00

Additionally, there is a “pre-event” on Saturday, May 19th, where our Guest Speakers will be conducting “in hive” presentations for a smaller group at an additional cost of $49.37.

Both events pricing includes a catered lunch.

Trifecta Beekeeping Event –

  • Bee Club/Dealership block pricing – $75.69 (must be paid prior to Jan 15th)
  • Early Bird pricing February 1st through March 31st – $85.69
  • Regular pricing April 1st – May 15th – $95.88

Pre-Event

  • Saturday, May 19th – $49.37

Please contact Charlie Vanden Heuvel, Charlie.bgbees@gmail.com, (360) 608-2754, to reserve your club’s block of reservations.

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