2013 Calendar for West Sound Beekeepers Association events Click Here. for 2013 West Sound Beekeeper Association events. It shows the meeting times, class times, and special event times. (to be added soon...)
2013 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 Plannded presentations so far are (modified 1/01/13):

  • Tue Jan 15 7pm -
  • Tue Feb 19 7pm - (follows 6pm beginner class) Farmer-Beekeeper Forum
  • Tue Mar 19 7pm - (follows 6pm beginner class) Jeff Steenbergen, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, "Top Bar Hives"
  • Tue Apr 16 7pm - (follows 6pm beginner class) Dave Mackovjak
  • Tue May 21 7pm - (follows 6pm beginner class) Mark Emrich, Pres. W.S.B.A.
  • Tue Jun 18 7pm - (follows 6pm beginner class) Dana Coggan, "Kitsap Weeds and Bees"
  • Tue Jul 16 7pm - Kim Redmond, "Honey at the Fair and Promoting Your Honey"
  • Sat Aug 17 Noon - Picnic (no presentation) ...Jean's bee beard demonstration trial 1
  • Tue Sep 17 7pm - Bob Redmond - "Wings and Wheels, Bees and a Healthy Food System"
  • Tue Oct 15 7pm - Annual Meeting and Potluck
  • Tue Nov 19 7pm - Mason Bees -
  • Tue Dec 17 6pm - Dinner (Auction/Party/Potluck)..oh yea..Location: Island Lake Community Center
  • Tue Jan 21 7pm - Megan Taylor, "Honeybee Genetics"

2013 WSBA Bee-ginner beekeeper Class February - June

There are 10 sessions covering 10 topics. All sessions are held at Stedman's Bee Supplies located at 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale, Washington. Half of the sessions will be from 6:00pm to 6:45pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month Feb - June. The remaining sessions will be the Saturday following the 3rd Tuesday at noon. The monthly association meetings are at 7pm on the 3rd Tuesdays immediately following the bee-ginning sessions. Class attendees are highly encouraged to stay and attend the meetings. The focal point of the meeting is generally a presentation given by a member or guest about a topic of intrest and importance to beekeepers. There is also discussion time to talk about current concers of the day.

For the Saturday sessions beginning at noon, there will be a 45 minutes to cover the topic, followed by an open book 20 question test covering the Tuesday and Saturday material. Then if the weather cooperates, there will be some instruction at the apiary. Else, there will be time for questions without the Tuesday time constraints.

To take the class, It will cost you $24 for a one year membership in West Sound Beekeepers Association and you will want to purchase the study guide for $10. (Note: The membership is a family membership). The membership also gets you access to the associations library, meetings, yahoo group, and the many knowlegeable members at the meetings and events. Click for Membership Form

This class is arranged to help you get started in your first year of beekeeping. There is no way to cover everything you will need to know, but the bees have a way of letting you know if you are doing something not quite right. The schedule is as follows (modified 4/10/13):
  • Tue Feb 19 6pm - The Honey bee and her products (Paul Lundy)
  • Sat Feb 23 noon - Beekeeping equipment (Paul Lundy)
  • Tue Mar 19 6pm - Making a Start in Beekeeping (TJ Jorgenson)
  • Sat Mar 23 noon - Spring Management
  • Tue Apr 16 6pm - Honeybee Mites
  • Sat Apr 20 noon - Package Bee Demo at Stedmans (confirmed Itallian package bee arrival day)
  • Sat May 4 - Stedmans confirmed Carniolian package bee arrival day)
  • Tue May 21 6pm - Swarms and Swarming (Frank Wilson)
  • Sat May 25 noon - Diseases and Pests (George Purkett)
  • Sat May 25 1pm - Summer Management and Honey Production
  • Tue Jun 18 6pm - Fall Management
  • Sat Jun 22 noon - Pollination, Queen Rearing, Marketing

2013 New Beginner Hands-on class The Hands-on Beginner Classes are a go....Yea!!!. The WSBA board has approved and funding to expand the apiary to support the Hands-on Beginner Classes this year.

Here are the details of the Class: To keep the class quality high, the class size will be limited to 8 students. Each class will have 4 sessions. To support more students, we will be teaching 5 of these classes. This will limit us to a maximum of 40 students. There will be a $40 fee for the class. This fee will cover the expenses for the classes and help recover some of the cost of expanding the apiary. Enrollment in a class will occur when payment is made. The first opportunity to register will be March 19 at the WSBA meeting and beginner class. We expect all of the classes to fill up with the Saturday Classes filling first. The second chance for enrollment if space is still available will be at the beginning class on Mar 23. If you have difficulty making it to scheduled signup times, you can leave the class fee, your name, and desired class time in an envelope and mark the envelope "For George Purkett -Hands on Class" and drop it off with Cheyenne at Stedman's Bee Supply. Also send me an email letting me know and I will pick it up (email is purkettg@westsoundbees.org). And you must be a member of West Sound Bee Association to take the Hands on class, but if you are taking the Beginning Class, you are already a member. To view the syllabus, Click Here

Hands-on Class dates and times: All classes are full, perhaps 1 or 2 slots could open if there are cancellations.
  • Class A Saturdays 10am, Dates: April 13, 27, May 4, 11 This class is full
  • Class B Saturdays 12noon, Dates April 13, 27, May 4, 11 This class is full
  • Class C Saturdays 2pm, Dates April 13, 27, May 4, 11 This class is full
  • Class D Tuesdays 4pm, Dates April 16, 23, 30, May 7 This class is full
  • Class E Wednesdays 4pm, Dates April 17, 24, May 1, 8 This class is full
(Package day at Stedman's is currently planned for April 20 and there will be no class sessions that day as there are package installation Demos at the apiary. (Note: if a class has less than 4 students registered or no instructor able to support the time, it may be cancelled or an attempt to reschedule made.) Wait list: A Wait list will be created for Students that cannot get into one of the above classes. We may be able to come up with additional classes if resources permit. There are currently 6 members on the wait list.

State the Goal of this class: This class is intended help beginning beekeepers comfortable with basic hive inspection which includes: Getting prepared, Starting a smoker, opening a hive, inspecting a hive, 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.

Format of the Class: Each class will have 4 sessions 1 week apart. Up to 8 students and 1 instructor per class. Working in pairs, students will learn how to inspect a hive as they are doing it and recording what they find in the inspection. Instruction and assistance will be provided by the instructor to guide the students through the learning process. Students are required to have at least a veil and recommended to bring their own smoker if the wish to learn using their own smoker. Bring gloves if you would like to wear gloves. The first session will include:
  • a safety overview,
  • directions on starting a smoker,
  • use of a smoker,
  • use of the hive tool,
  • use of the record sheet,
  • and basic hive inspection
  • prior to pairing students for hands-on inspections.
It is expected that the sessions will run between 1 and 2 hours. That should be enough time to meet our class goals and maybe throw in a little extra knowledge or assistance where needed.

We are really excited about being able to offer this opportunity to our membership this year. The beginning beekeeping lectures are great and invaluable but fall short of what a beginner needs. Opening the hive is always exciting and can be fun. But if you train your bees to attack you every time you get near it, some of the fun can be lost. And then to know if you are helping your bees rather hindering their progress can be extremely valuable. Some beekeepers remain beginners for many years or give up beekeeping in frustration. With this class, we hope to progress you through that beginning stage a little faster with a lot more success.

If these hands-on beginning classes work as well as we hope they will, we may expand to offer follow on classes focusing on specific hive activities such as hive manipulations to effect swarm control, hive buildup, hive expansion, nectar or pollen collection, or a variety of other activities. We need to start at the beginning however.

Also, I would expect and hope that 2nd or 3rd year beekeepers are also considering taking the beginner hands on class. You can hone your skills and may pick up some hints and tricks, or a nugget of knowledge. It will also be an opportunity for you build confidence in your skills enough to sign up and be a mentor for a first year beekeeper.

For the classes we will be using standard Langstroth hives. If we get a lot of Top Bar Enthusiasts requesting an alternative hive session, maybe we can somehow expand in that direction.

If you have questions or comments, please contact me at purkettg@westsoundbees.org. Updated by George 4/10/2013
2013 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 queen breeding. The Queen Rearing group is open to all WSBA association members who are interested in learning about producing queens. Our Sunday sessions allow for ripe queen cells to be checked and then banked or made available to members at regular monthly meetings. We also slip in presentations at the beginning of the Sunday sessions and following board member meetings. 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. The queen rearing events generally begin with a short presentation followed by hands on larva grafting. Learning how to grow queens will rapidly increase your beekeeping knowledge and help you to become a better beekeeper. Updated by George 3/23/2013
  • Tue, Mar 12 Kick off / Planning Discussion (Immediately following the board meeting about 7 pm Stedmans )
  • Tue, Apr 02 Queen Inspections by David Mackovjak 6pm Stedmans
  • Tue, May 07 Cloake Board & grafting presentation by Stan Jorgenson 6pm Stedmans
  • Sun, May 12 Hands-on group Queen larva grafting , 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, May 21 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (prior to regular meeting)
  • Tue, Jun 04 Bee Breeding presentation by George Purkett (Immediately following the 6pm board meeting or about 7 pm Stedmans )
  • Sun, Jun 09 Equipment building & group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, Jun 18 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (prior to regular meeting)
  • Tue, Jul 02 Splits and Nucs presentation by Jason Deal 6pm Stedmans
  • Sun, Jul 07 Splits and Nucs & group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, Jul 16 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (prior to regular meeting)
  • Tue, Aug 06 Hygienic Testing presentation by Paul Lundy (?) 6pm Stedmans
  • Sun, Aug 12 Hygienic Testing & group Queen larva grafting, 1-4 pm Stedmans
  • Tue, Aug 14 Check and bank queen cells 6 pm Stedmans (no regular meeting, picnic is on Aug 17)
  • Tue, Sep 03 Queen Rearing Wrap-up (Immediately following the board meeting about 7 pm Stedmans )
Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest 2013 Join us for our Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course Saturday June 29th, 2013 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our West Sound Beekeeping Association located at Stedman Bee Supplies. This course is for All beekeepers that want to improve their beekeeping knowlege and become a better beekeeper. Whether you have just completed a Apprentice Beekeeping Class and mid way into your first year of beekeeping, or if you are a seasoned beekeeper and need a refresher. Some beekeepers have kept bees for years, but because they keep repeating the same mistakes they are not gaining years of beekeeping experience. Instead they are stuck in being a first year beekeeper year after year. Take the next step, and leap into 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 2013 Join us for our Queen Rearing Course Saturday/Sunday July 13th and 14th, 2013 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our West Sound Beekeeping Association located at Stedman Bee Supplies. 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
2013 WSBA Board Meetings The 2013 cheduled Board Meetings for WSBA are listed below: All members are invited to attend the board meetings, participate in the discussions to help steer the associations 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, Mar 12 6pm Board Meeting
  • Tue, Jun 12 6pm Board Meeting
  • Tue, Sep 10 6pm Board Meeting
2013 - For Teens interested in Beekeeping ...West Sound Bee Association is offering a study grant worth up to $200.00 in bee equipment, supplies, and help 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 17 , 2013
Summer potluck Picnic... Sat Aug 17 , 2013 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 21-25, 2013
We located with the Master Gardeners in the Presidents Hall.
We will have an FULL SIZE observation hive as well as a couple table filled with information. If you have time, please stop by and visit the booth. Talk to the beekeeper(s) manning the booth if you are considering getting bees and becoming a beekeeper.
"Introduction to Beekeeping - 2 hour class"... Sept 7, 2013
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. 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 7, 2011 10am til noon. Location: Stedman Bee Supplies, 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale. Cost: $10 per individual or family. Registration: Taking registration at the Fair... Will add another method to register soon.
  • Bee life cycle and hive life cycle
  • Hive types, tools, and clothing
  • First year in the apiary
  • Beginning classes, hands on instruction, learning.
  • Beekeeping costs
  • Recommendations for beginning.
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