2015 Calendar for West Sound Beekeepers Association events Click Here. for 2015 West Sound Beekeeper Association events. It shows the meeting times, class times and special event times. (Not yet completed for 2015)
2015 Monthly - Regular West Sound Beekeepers Association meetings are at 7:00p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Stedman's Bee Supplies located at 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale, Washington. (The August meeting takes the form of a picnic and the December meeting takes the form of a dinner party.) The planned presentations so far are (modified 11/02/14):

  • 2014
  • Tue Nov 18 7pm - Orchard Mason Bees
  • Tue Dec 16 6pm - Dinner (Potluck Dinner/Auction/Party)..oh yea...Silverdale Community Center -Evergreen Room
  • 2015
  • Tue Jan 20 7pm -
  • Tue Feb 17 7pm - meeting at Silverdale Community Center -Evergreen Room (following beginner class)
  • Tue Feb 18 7pm -
  • Tue Mar 17 7pm -
  • Tue Apr 21 7pm -
  • Tue May 19 7pm -
  • Tue Jun 16 7pm -
  • Tue Jul 21 7pm -
  • Sat Aug 15 Noon - Picnic (no presentation)
  • Tue Sep 15 7pm -
  • Tue Oct 20 7pm - Annual Meeting (Elections, Budget Approval)
  • Tue Nov 17 7pm -
  • Tue Dec 15 6pm - Dinner (Potluck Dinner/Auction/Party)..oh yea...Silverdale Community Center -Evergreen Room

2015 Monthly Apiary activities Prior to Regular West Sound Beekeepers Association meetings (see above) We started these popular activities in 2014 and will continue to have them in 2015. As daylight and weather permits, beekeeper volunteers will be available in the association apiary prior to the association meetings. We hope to use this time to assist you with questions or problems you may be having in your own apiary. If you have not questions but need more time in the apiary with bees, that works well. Stop by and take advantage of these great opportunities.

We are hoping to get a few volunteers to help with this effort and become apiary assistants. If hives need any maintenance, we may be able to accomplish some of that as well. Apiary assistants are needed will all levels of experience and knowledge. This is one of the opportunities we added in 2014. We hope this will be well attended and can be fully supported so it can be a very beneficial resource for our members. It is recommended you bring and wear a veil when participating in events in the apiary. We may put together planned topics for some of the activities, as we do we will add details below and/or send a notice out to the yahoo group. (updated 11/02/2014)

Apiary events

  • Tue Apr 21 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(weather permitting)
  • Tue May 19 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
  • Tue Jun 16 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
  • Tue Jul 15 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
  • Tue Sep 16 5:30pm - Apiary Activities before the meeting...(rain or shine)
2014 WSBA Bee-ginner beekeeper Class February - March

The 2015 class will have 6 sessions of 2 hours in length. One of the sessions will be half class and half association meeting. Each session will cover multiple topics and there will be a break included. The classes will be held at the Evergreen Room of the Silverdale Community Center located at 9729 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale.

The cost of the Beginner beekeeping class is $50. Included in the cost of the class fee is a one year family membership in the West Sound Beekeepers Association ($20 value), A study booklet ($10 value), and an apprentice beekeeper certificate and patch ($5 value) Upon completion of the 10 section exam, an apprentice beekeeper certificate and patch is awarded. The certificates are actually issued by the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Additional booklets may be purchased at the $10 cost if your family wants more that a single book. If multiple members are getting certified it will cost an additional $5 for each additional member taking the test to cover the cost of certificates and patches. Becomming a member of the West Sound Bee Association gets you access to the association's library, meetings, apiary activities, yahoo group, and most importantly access to the members willing to share their beekeeping knowledge.

This class will teach you what is necessary to get started in beekeeping. It follows the Washington State Bee Association Booklet mostly but has been expanded somewhat to include additional useful information. There are many optional methods to approach beekeeping and an unlimited number of conflicting opinions. We hope to help you find the best path for your beekeeping adventures.

The proceedes from this Class are used to help fund the activities of the West Sound Bee Association for the year. It is hoped that class attendees will participate in many of the association activities this year and continue to be an active member of the association in future years as they develop into accomplished beekeepers.

In addition to this Beginning Class, we also have some hands-on classes, and some more advanced classes later in the year. I would encourage you to take all of the classes you can fit into your schedule and your budget for the first year. By the time the more advance classes come around, you will be ready to build on the knowledge you have already obtained.

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The schedule is as follows (modified 11/17/14 the dates are good, topics will shift around a bit):
  • Mon Feb 24 6pm - 8pm - Session 1 - Class overview, Bee and Hive life cycles, Honeybee and her products, hive types, tools and clothing. First year in the apiary
  • Mon Mar 03 6pm - 8pm - Session 2 - Beekeeping Equipment, Making a start in beekeeping, spring management
  • Mon Mar 10 6pm - 8pm - Session 3 - Swarm management, Honeybee mites, Honey Bee diseases and pests
  • Tue Mar 17 6pm - 8:30pm - Session 4/Association meeting
  • Mon Mar 24 6pm - 8pm - Session 5 - Summer management and Honey Production, Fall Management, Disease/Pest treatment plan, Treatment free beekeeping
  • Mon Mar 31 6pm - 8pm - Session 6 - Queen Rearing, pollination, hive product marketing, yearly recap, Becomming a complete beekeeper, Class closeout
  • Sat April 18 (est) - Package Arrival Day, Demos. (- remember to order packages early through Stedman Bee Supplies)

2014 Beginner Hands-on class The Hands-on Beginner Classes are expanding for 2014. Our first formal hands-on class was given in 2013. We filled 5 classes to support 40 students. Each class was 4 sessions long. Sessions lasted between 1 and 2 hours and were generally closer to 2 hours. With last years experience, we are able to expand our offering. We found it extremely valuable to have multiple class assistants for both the students and the assistants. We hope that some of last years assistants return to help again and encourage last year's students to return as assistants this year. Please contact the association treasurer to register for these hands on classes.

Here are the details of the Classes:

Hands-on Class 1 Details: Three session class intended help get beginning beekeepers comfortable with basic hive inspection which includes: Getting prepared, Apiary Safety, Starting a smoker, opening a hive, using a hive tool effectively, inspecting a hive, knowing what to look for and recording the inspection. The inspection process will be repeated for each session each having slight variations as the awareness and skill of the student improves. It is expected that the students will be inspecting their own hives outside of class.

Hands-on Class 2 Details: Two session class covering swarm management. The intent is for the student to first learn how to recognize a hive getting ready to swarm and second, to take action to best satisfiy the goals of the beekeeper and the bees which may be at odds with each other. One session will provide a method of swarm control where the goal is to keep the hive large and in the hive to collect honey rather than flying away. One session will provide a method of swarm control where the goal will be to divide the colony into 2 or more colonies to avoid the swarm flying away.

Hands-on Class 3 Details: A Two session class covering summer hive assessment, honey removal, summer feeding and mite load monitoring. This is the most important item to accomplish if you want your bees to survive through the winter, especially the second season.

Hands-on Class 4 Details: A 2 session class covering inspection and manipulation of natural hives. Most published beekeeping practices focus on a scaled down version of commercial practices. These practices may not be ideal for many hobbiest beekeepers. This class will focus on horizontal(kenyan) and vertical(Warre) top bar hives as well as natural practices in a langstroth hive.

Hands-on Class 5 Details: A 4 session class learning the basics of queen rearing. Rearing queens will not be for all beekeepers but learning the basics of how queens are produced will make you a much more knowledgeable beekeeper. This session will be taught by the queen rearing group. There are likely to be more assistants than students! The primary focus will be on rearing queens in a Cloak board hive setup using a worker larva grafting process. Secondary focus will be on non-grafting methods and use of a swarm box starter colony.

Hands-on Class 6 Details: A 1-4 session class . The goal of this class is to instrumentally inseminate a queen produced via the efforts of hands-on class 5. The Focus will be on capturing and milking the drones, insemination equipment setup, insemination of the queen and, after care of the queen. As we only have a single insemination setup, attendance in this class is extremely limited.

Class size and Registration Class sizes will generally be limited to 10 students or fewer depending upon suitable hive availability. To accomodate more students, we add more class times. The Hands-on Classes will generally be $10 per session. This fee will cover the expenses for the classes and help recover some of the cost of the apiary. Enrollment in a class will occur when payment is made. We have not started accepting signups for the hands-on classes yet for 2014. We expect all of the classes to fill up. We may add additional class times if we have instructors available, hives workable and too many students for the planned classes.

We will compile a waiting list for each class that fills up and see if we can add additional class time(s). Additionally, we would like to know as soon as possible if you cannot make it to a session once you are registered for a class. We will try to fill the session from the waiting list. As some classes have students working in pairs, it is best if we have an even number of students. Registration for most of these classes will be start at the first Beginner Beekeeping class on Feb 24.

Hands-on Class 1 dates and times: 30 student / 15 assistant capacity
  • Class A Saturdays 10am, Dates: April 12, 26, May 3 Beginner
  • Class B Saturdays 12noon, Dates April 12, 26, May 3 Beginner
  • Class C Saturdays 2pm, Dates April 12, 26, May 3 Beginner
Hands-on Class 2 dates and times: 40 student / 15 assistant capacity
  • Class A Saturdays 10am, Dates: May 17, 24 Swarm Management
  • Class B Saturdays 12noon, Dates May 17, 24 Swarm Management
  • Class C Saturdays 10am, Dates May 31, Jun 7 Swarm Management
  • Class D Saturdays 12noon, Dates May 31, Jun 7 Swarm Management
Hands-on Class 3 dates and times: 24 student / 10 assistant capacity
  • Class A Saturdays 10am, Dates: Aug 9, 30 Summer Assessment
  • Class B Saturdays 12noon, Dates Aug 9, 30 Summer Assessment
Hands-on Class 4 dates and times: Times and dates have changed for this class 2/22/14- 12 student / 6 assistant capacity
  • Class A Saturdays 2pm, Dates: May 17, 24 Natural hives
  • Class B Saturdays 2pm, Dates: May 31, Jun 7 Natural hives
Hands-on Class 5 dates and times: registration not yet open- 10 student / 10 assistant capacity
  • Class A Sunday 1pm, Dates: May 4, Jun 8, July 6, Aug 3 Queen Rearing/Grafting
Hands-on Class 6 dates and times: registration not yet open- 0 student / 6 assistant capacity
  • Class A Sunday 1pm, Dates: May 18, Jun 22, July 27, Aug 17 Instrumental insemination
If you have questions or comments, please contact George at purkettg@westsoundbees.org. for class registration, contact Elizabeth

Treasurer - treasurer@westsoundbees.org Updated by George 6/8/2014

2014 WSBA Queen Rearing Group events Mar - Sept The Queen Rearing Group is a special interest group within the association focused on learning and teaching the art of queen rearing and honey bee breeding. The Queen Rearing group is open to all WSBA association members who are interested in learning about producing queens. Queen Grafting hands-on sessions are held on Sunday so the queen cells are ready to be checked and then either banked or made available to members at regular monthly meetings.

Queen cells, Virgin Queens and sometimes mated queens are availble from the queen rearing group or the apiary manager.

Queen rearing group participants range from beginners to long time beekeepers and there is a wealth of information shared. We have even had non-beekeepers participating at some of our sessions in the past...and they just stopped to buy honey. Queen Rearing group important dates:
  • Tue, Apr 06 Queen Rearing Basics by David Mackovjak 6pm Stedmans
  • Sun, May 4 Hands-on group Queen larva grafting , 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, May 18 Hands-on group Queen Insemination 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, May 21 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (prior to regular meeting)
  • Sun, Jun 08 Hands-on group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, Jun 18 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (prior to regular meeting)
  • Sun, Jun 22 Hands-on group Queen insemination, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Sun, Jul 06 Hands-on group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, Jul 16 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (prior to regular meeting)
  • Sun, Jul 20 Hands-on group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Sun, Aug 03 Hands-on group group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, Aug 12 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (no regular meeting, picnic is on Aug 17)
  • Sun, Aug 17 Hands-on group group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest 2014 Join us for our Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course Saturday June 28th, 2014 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our regular meeting location at Stedman Bee Supplies. This class is taught by members of the West Sound Bee Association. This course is for All beekeepers that want to improve their beekeeping knowledge and become a better beekeeper. Whether you have years of beekeeping experience or mid way into your first year of beekeeping, this class is for you. Our local environment can make certain aspects of beekeeping more challenging at particular times of the year. We will never know what is always best for our bees, but the more we know and understand, the better chance we have of doing what is right for them. This class will help you on your way in becoming a better beekeeper! We'll take a more in depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests & disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention, increase honey yields and tricks of the trade. There will be hands on demonstrations in the afternoon so all beekeepers must bring a hat and veil or suit. For example you will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as making splits, sugar rolls, sugar dusting and mite counts, hygienic testing, etc. Download Details and Registration Form

  • European Honey Bee Biology
  • Types of Flowers Used
  • Equipment Use Review
  • Workings of the Hive
  • Swarm prevention
  • Splits
  • Varroa Mite, Tracheal Mite & Nosema
  • Seasonal Management
  • Pulling the Surplus Honey
  • The Extraction Process
  • Honey Marketing
Queen Rearing in the Pacific Northwest 2014 Join us for our Queen Rearing Course Saturday/Sunday July 19th and 20th, 2014 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our regular meeting location at Stedman Bee Supplies. This class is taugh by members of the West Sound Beekeeping Association Queen Rearing Group. This course is for beekeepers that are looking for hands on instruction for learning how to grow quality queens in their apiary. Also for beekeepers interested in the process and practice of growing queens. Download Details and Registration Form

  • Cloak Board Method of Queen Rearing hive setup
  • Mating Nuc Setup
  • Grafting
  • ...and more
2014 WSBA Board Meetings The 2014 scheduled Board Meetings for WSBA are listed below: All members are invited to attend the board meetings, participate in the discussions to help steer the association's activities and events in a direction you would like to see it go. If you have grand ideas or plans or simply have some time to kill, please stop by. If you do not have grand ideas but have some time, the board might be able to find some fun or exciting tasks to send your way.

  • Tue, Jan 7 7pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting (finalize schedule for the year)
  • Tue, Apr 1 7pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting (Spring Events focus)
  • Tue, Jul 1 7pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting (Summer Events focus)
  • Wed, Oct 1 7pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting (prep for elections/next budget)
2014 - For Teens interested in Beekeeping ...West Sound Bee Association is offering two study grants worth up to $200.00 each to pay for bee equipment, bees, supplies and/or tools tohelp someone get started in beekeeping... To get more details, Click Here. Note: The forms may have old dates, but they still work.
Summer Picnic... Sat Aug 16 , 2014
Summer potluck Picnic... Sat Aug 16 , 2014 Noon til 2pm at Stedmans. Located under the large trees in field in the back. On hot days, there is shade and a nice breeze.
Look for more details in the August Newsletter.
Find us at the Kitsap Fair... Aug 20-24, 2014
We have a booth located with the Master Gardeners in the Presidents Hall.
We will have an observation hive as well as a couple tables filled with information. We hope to have the booth staffed with at least two members at all times. If you are a member and have time, please help us staff the booth and answer questions and talk about bees. If you happen to visit the fair, please stop by the booth and talk to the beekeeper(s) staffing the booth. If you are not a member but have an interest in becoming a beekeeper, please stop by the booth and find out what it is all about.
Introduction to Beekeeping - 2 hour class... Sept 6, 2014
Are you thinking about getting a hive of Honeybees? Maybe you would like better pollination for your garden and orchard or maybe you want to produce honey from your back yard. Perhaps you have a fascination with life and stewardship of creatures you don't fully understand? Or maybe you have been reading about the health benefits of pollen, honey, propolis, bee venom, and want to start up your own personal research. There are many reasons to get bees. Getting started can be a little overwhelming as there are many conflicting and confusing sources of information available. Hopefully, we can add some clarity and enable you to turn that idea into a reality. In 2 hours we will not cover everything but you will have a good feel for what you are getting into with keeping honeybees. Time:Sat. Sept 6, 2011 10am til noon. Location: Stedman Bee Supplies, 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale. Cost: $10 per individual or family. Registration: sign up at the Fair, the august meeting, or contacting the president of wsba
  • Bee life cycle and hive life cycle
  • Clothing, hive types and hive tools
  • First year in the apiary
  • Beginning classes, hands on instruction, learning.
  • Beekeeping costs
  • Recommendations for beginning.
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