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Starting Beekeeping - 2hr session- Sept 17, 2011 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 and Location: Sat. Sept 17, 2011 9am-11am at Stedman Bee Supplies, 3763 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale. *** Notice *** Due to response we are going to run a second session from 1pm-3pm just two hours after the first one. People already signed up are being contacted to hopefully even out the two sessions. If you did not sign up at the Booth at the Kitsap Fair, then you need to fill out the form and send it in. As of Sept 7, there is still space avail but we need to count chairs to make sure. Download Details and Registration form (pdf) Topics include:
  • Bee life cycle and hive life cycle
  • Hive types, tools, and clothing
  • Beekeeping challenges for the Northwest
  • Classroom and other educational opportunities
  • First year in the apiary
  • Beekeeping costs
Seating is limited, so register now! (updated 7 Sept 2011)
Find us at the Kitsap Fair... Aug 24-28, 2011
We located with the Master Gardeners in the Presidents Hall.
We will have an 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.
Summer Picnic... Sat Aug 20 , 2011
Summer potluck Picnic... Sat Aug 20 , 2011 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.
Advanced Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest 2011 Join us for our Advanced Beekeeping Course Saturday July 9th, 2011 8:30am- 4:30pm here at our West Sound Beekeeping Association located at Stedman Bee Supplies. This course is for seasoned beekeepers and for people that have already taken the Basics course and need a refresher course. 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 (pdf) (updated 4 June 2011):
  • 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
2011 WSBA Bee-ginner beekeeper Class begins in February Once again, we'll do beekeeping classes for 2011. Classes are from 6:00pm to 6:45pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale...just prior to the meetings. Additionally there are field day events at the apiary for demonstations and hands on events. The field days are from noon to 1pm. The field days are extremely valuable for beginning beekeepers. The cost is $10 for the study guide and $24 for one year membership in West Sound Beekeepers Association. The course covers everything you need to know and do in the first year keeping honey bees. There is no charge for the exam. You are also encouraged to stay for the meeting to take part in the bee discussions, check out library materials, and maybe catch a presentation. The business meeting starts at 7pm on the first tusday followed by the queen rearing group meeting or presentation. The general meeting starts at 7pm on the 3rd tuesday and generally has a presentation of interest to all beekeepers. Both meetings are a good time to mix with other members and get your questions answered.. The schedule is as follows (updated 18 May 2011):
  • Feb 15 The Honey bee and her products
  • Mar 1 Beekeeping equipment and making a start in beekeeping
  • Mar 15 Spring management and pollination
  • Apr 5 Swarming and Queen Rearing
  • Apr 16 Field Day, Package Bee Demo at Stedmans 10, 11, and noon. (subject to package arrival)
  • Apr 19 Summer management and honey production
  • May 3 Diseases and pests
  • May 17 Fall Management and Marketing
  • May 21 Beginner Field Day, Stedamans at noon
  • Jun 7 Last Class and open book exam
2011 WSBA Queen Rearing events begin in April This year the Queen Rearing Group will provide an opportunity for members of WSBA a venue to learn and explore the art of queen rearing. 2011 Goals for the Queen Rearing group of West Sound Beekeeping Association (WSBA):
  • 1. Explore and document different physical methods of queen rearing
  • 2. Educate both the Queen Rearing group and the WSBA on queen rearing
  • 3. Provide quality queens to the Queen Rearing group and WSBA
  • 4. Investigate and conduct hygienic testing
  • 5. Explore drone management methods
  • 6. Invite at least two other local beekeeping associations to our queen rearing meeting
  • 7. Artificially inseminate a queen (stretch goal)
The queen rearing group meets following the business meeting on the 1st tuesday of the month. These meetings are generally informal and we usually tag someone in the group to have a topic ready to talk about at the meeting. A tentative schedule of hands-on-demonstrations and skill events was also discussed and confirmed (dates subject to weather and hive strength) (updated 8 June 2011)
  • Friday, Apr 8 Cloaking setup demonstration, 6 6 pm Stedmans - selection and setup of the hive so it will readily accept larva to be grafted on Sunday.
  • Sunday, Apr 10 Queen rearing grafting demonstration, 1-3 pm Stedmans - moving right aged worker larva from the doner hive to queen cells for placement into the queen rearing hive.
  • Tuesday, Apr 19 Queens cells handed out, 6-7 pm Stedmans - distribution of available queen cells 1 day prior to emergence for placement into mating nuc boxes (small hives)
  • Friday, May 6 Cloaking setup demonstration, 6 pm Stedmans
  • Sunday, May 8 Queen rearing grafting demonstration, 1-3 pm Stedmans
  • Tuesday, May 17 Queens cells handed out, 6-7 pm Stedmans
  • Thursday, Jun 9 Cloaking setup demonstration, 6 pm Stedmans
  • Sunday, Jun 12 Queen rearing grafting demonstration, 1-3 pm Stedmans
  • Tuesday, Jun 21 Queens cells handed out, 6-7 pm Stedmans
The Queen Rearing group is open to all members who are interested in learning about the art of queen rearing or would just like to learn more about bee keeping.
Find us at the Kitsap Fair... Aug 25-29, 2010
We are pitching in with the Master Gardeners to add beekeeping to their booth.
If all goes well, we will host our own booth next year. Kayla Wentworth is coordinating. If you can volunteer some time or effort please give her a call. She is looking for volunteers to field the beekeeping questions and safeguard the observation hive we will have on site. Her phone number is 360-598-3867. Thank you for helping the bees.
Summer Picnic... Aug 14 , 2010
Summer Picnic... Aug 14 , 2009 Noon til 2pm at Stedmans.
Congratulations to our new president and secretary Jim and Rosanne Carlson. Come to the picnic and meet them. Watch for the August Newsletter for more details.
Future Fest... July 31, Aug1 , 2010
Westsound Bee Association helped Darren at Houseofbees.com host a beekeeping booth at future fest held at the Kitsap County fairgrounds. We had many members stop by. Some to help, some just to chat and look ad Darren's Warre' Hive. He had a beautifully painted one, in addition to one recently populated with a swarm for viewing through the observation window. We had several populated observation hives to fascinate the crowd. Barbara had put together a wealth of handouts for kids and information for adults, honeysticks and honey candy. We had a standard hive and a top bar hive; veils, smokers and tools to show those interested. Paul and David gave presentations for backyard beekeeping. It was a great first showing of the association at a local fair. I would like to thank Darren for inviting the association to join him.
2010 WSBA Bee-ginner beekeeper Class begins in February Once again, we'll do beekeeping classes for 2010. Classes are from 6:00pm to 6:45pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale...just prior to the meetings. Additionally there are field day events at the apiary for demonstations and hands on events. The field days are from noon to 1pm. The field days are extremely valuable for beginning beekeepers. The cost is $10 for the study guide and $24 for one year membership in West Sound Beekeepers Association. The course covers everything you need to know and do in the first year keeping honey bees. There is no charge for the exam. You are also encouraged to stay for the meeting to take part in the bee discussions, check out library materials, and maybe catch a presentation. The business meeting has been moved out of the general meeting to allow for more questions and discussions about bees in the meeting immediately following the beginner class. The schedule is as follows (updated 19 Jan 2010):
  • Feb 16 The Honey bee and her products
  • Mar 16 Beekeeping equipment and making a start in beekeeping
  • Apr 10 12:00 Field day at Stedmans to install package bees. (subject to package arrival)
  • April 21 Spring management and pollination
  • May 18 Swarming and Queen Rearing
  • May 22 Beginner Field Day, Spring Management
  • June 15 Summer management and honey production
  • June 19 Beginner Field Day, Summer Management
  • July 20 Diseases and pests
  • July 24 Beginner Field Day, Mite detection
  • Aug 14, Summer Picnic
  • Aug 17 Fall Management and Marketing
  • Aug 21 Field Day, preparing hives for winter picnic event
  • Sept 21 Last Class and open book exam
2010 WSBA Queen Rearing events begin in April This year the Queen Rearing Group will provide an opportunity for members of WSBA a venue to learn and explore the art of queen rearing. 2010 Goals for the Queen Rearing group of West Sound Beekeeping Association (WSBA):
  • 1. Explore and document different physical methods of queen rearing
  • 2. Educate both the Queen Rearing group and the WSBA on queen rearing
  • 3. Provide quality queens to the Queen Rearing group and WSBA
  • 4. Investigate and conduct hygienic testing
  • 5. Explore drone management methods
  • 6. Invite at least two other local beekeeping associations to our queen rearing meeting
The schedule is as follows
  • On 6 Apr, at the next Queen Rearing meeting training will be given on the "Cloake Board Method" which developed by Harry Cloake of New Zealand. We will discuss the Cloake Board mechanics, the procedures, properly setting up the hive, grafting, queen incubating and banking.
  • On 21 Apr, a less technical "Cloake Board Method" presentation will be presented to the WSBA general meeting as part of our first distribution of new queen cells as noted below in our hands-on-demonstration schedule.
A tentative schedule of hands-on-demonstrations and skill events was also discussed and confirmed (dates subject to weather and hive strength)
  • Friday, 9 Apr 10 - Cloaking setup demonstration, 6 pm Stedmans
  • Sunday, 11 Apr 10 - Queen rearing grafting demonstration, 1-3 pm Stedmans
  • Tuesday, 21 Apr 10 - Queens handed out, 6-7 pm Stedmans
  • Friday, 7 May 10 - Cloaking setup demonstration, 6 pm Stedmans
  • Sunday, 9 May 10 - Queen rearing grafting demonstration, 1-3 pm Stedmans
  • Tuesday, 18 May 10 - Queens handed out, 6-7 pm Stedmans
  • Friday, 4 Jun 10 - Cloaking setup demonstration, 6 pm Stedmans
  • Sunday, 6 Jun 10 - Queen rearing grafting demonstration, 1-3 pm Stedmans
  • Tuesday, 15 Jun 10 - Queens handed out, 6-7 pm Stedmans
  • Sunday, 11 Jul 10 - Queen rearing grafting , 1-3 pm Stedmans
  • Tuesday, 20 Jul 10 - Queens handed out, Apiary Nuc Assebly6-7 pm Stedmans
The Queen Rearing group is open to all members who are interested in learning about the art of queen rearing or would just like to learn more about bee keeping.
Beginning August , 2009 There will be a second monthy meeting to take care of some of the business the dedicated officers and committee members have volunteered to tackle. This will hopefully clear up more time for discussions of the bees and less time for business at the regular meeting. Expanded use of the apiary is going to require a bit more organization. There are hopes that the journeyman group and queen rearing group will come up with more demonstrations and presentations.
Congratulations to our newly elected officers April , 2009 Congratulations to our newly elected officers April , 2009. The new office holders are: President Jim Dunbar Vice President Kayla Wentworth Secretary Michelle McMillen Treasurer Lori Christie Librarian Peggy Dunbar. Also, thanks to our outgoing officers George Purkett, David Mackovjak, Judy Gunther, Dennis Heeney, and Roy Barton. They have done a great job.
Monthly - Regular West Sound Beekeepers Association meetings are at 7:00p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale. (The August meeting takes the form of a picnic and the December meeting takes the form of a dinner party.)
2009 WSBA Bee-ginner beekeeper Class begins in February Once again, we'll do beekeeping classes for 2009. Classes are from 6:00pm to 6:45pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale...just prior to the meetings. Additionally there are field day events at the apiary for demonstations and hands on events. The field days are from noon to 1pm. The field days are extremely valuable for beginning beekeepers. The cost is $10 for the study guide and $24 for one year membership in West Sound Beekeepers Association. The course covers everything you need to know and do in the first year keeping honey bees. There is no charge for the exam. The schedule is as follows (updated 14 Jan 2009):
  • Feb 17 The Honey bee and her products
  • Mar 17 Beekeeping equipment and making a start in beekeeping
  • Apr 11 12:00 Field day at Stedmans to install package bees. (subject to package arrival)
  • April 21 Spring management and pollination
  • May 19 Swarming and Queen Rearing
  • May 23 Beginner Field Day, Spring Management
  • June 16 Summer management and honey production
  • June 20 Beginner Field Day, Spring Management
  • July 21 Diseases and pests
  • July 25 Beginner Field Day, Mite detection
  • (Aug no class) Aug 15, Summer Picnic
  • Sept 15 Fall Management and Marketing
  • Sept 19 Field Day, preparing hives for winter
  • Oct 20 Last Class and open book exam
2009 - West Sound Beekeepers Association This will be our fourth season for using and maintaining and association apiary for teaching, training and learning. We demonstrated the first 2 years that if regular maintenance and attention was not given to the beehives, the winter survivability was not expected. In fact, all non-maintained hives perished. We are now attempting to demonstrate that with regular maintenance and monitoring to detect pest levels, Hives can be made to thrive and successfully survive the winter in our area. In short, if we practice in the apiary what we preach in the classes and in the meetings, our bees will survive and thrive in our area.
2010 - 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.
2008 - West Sound Beekeepers Association Basil Gunther has been appointed as Emissary for Honeybee Health and Cultural Exchange. He will act as liaison between our association and the beekeeping associations and research groups in other countries with the intent of gathering and distributing information relevant to beekeeping. I am positive this appointment will bring great rewards to the association membership and to the beekeeping organizations we engage with. Good Luck Basil. -George.
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