Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is committed to educating both beekeepers and the public about honey bees. One way we do this is by curating interesting and renowned speakers for our meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you enjoy this year’s schedule of speakers and topics!
PSBA meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding July, November, and December. Typically, a beekeeper lesson is offered at 6:30pm and main presentation starts at 7:30pm.
PSBA Meetings – 2014
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|Tuesday, January 28th:||Beekeepers Science Fair! It’s free and open to the public – come on down to the arboretum to kickoff your beekeeping season right.|
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|Tuesday, May 27th:||
Native Pollinators in the GardenIn August 2012 a rare pollinator was discovered in Julie’s habitat garden in Brier, WA. She will explain the steps that led to making a pollinator friendly garden and the re-discovery of a missing pollinator, Bombus occidentalis.This program will help identify a variety of pollinators which may be found in Puget Sound gardens and natural areas. Landscape features which promote healthy pollinator populations will be discussed. The program will provide a look at native plants beneficial to pollinators and show ways to incorporate native plants into garden and park landscapes. Discussion on how to certify your yard with National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and its resources.
|Tuesday, June 24th:||
Come hear from Franclyn on this interesting topic of: Plants as Medicine for Honeybees: How can we replace their natural food and medicine that is being taken away?
Research on honeybee health increasingly elaborates the importance of bees being able to find season-long natural, nutritious pollen and nectar sources. Unlike sugar and pollen substitutes, natural forage provides specific enzymes that honeybees need to “up-regulate” or strengthen the colony-wide immune response. Honeybees have fewer individual immunity genes; they have evolved with a colony-level “social immunity” where foraging effects of the colony help to strengthen individual immunity responses.
Some of the most nutritious honeybee food sources in Washington come from plants that have been designated as “noxious weeds” and are being systematically poisoned and eradicated across the state. The removal has been going on for a long time, is wide spread and expensive, and harmful to the needs of managed and native pollinators. When important honeybee forage plants are removed, what are possible sources of food replacements that can be replanted to support honeybee health?
|July||No Monthly Meeting – but come to the Picnic!! Saturday July 19th in the apiary!|
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|Tuesday, October 28th:||
Beekeeping Style: Sideliner, 4 yrs experience
Approach: Uses treatments if needed. Working with WSU queens in overwintering trials and grafting queens
Equipment Expertise: 10 Frame, 8 Frame Langstroth
Certifications: Working on Journeyman
Goals of Beekeeping: Eventually have locally overwintered nucs and queens for sale
Board Member since: 2014,Beekeeping since 2010.
Beekeeping Style: 7 hives; beekeeping for research and queen rearing
Approach: I’ve never treated with chemicals but I do provide sugar water and dry sugar when the hives need it.
Equipment Preference/Expertise: I started with Langstroth deeps/supers and foundation but am transitioning to 10-frame mediums and foundationless. Right now I have 3 hives with deep brood boxes and 4 all-medium hives.
Certifications: Starting Journeyman with goal of Master Beekeeper! Background: PhD in Oceanography – and author of book (on Amazon!) about cephalopods
Goals of Beekeeping: My goals for beekeeping include learning and sharing information, raising queens with traits specific to the Pacific Northwest, and developing a scientific approach to the study of bees and beekeeping.
Member since: 2010, Board Member since: 2012
Beekeeping Style: Hobbyist with 13 hives
Equipment Expertise/Interests: Top Bar, natural comb
Approach: Treatment free beekeeper. A treatment is a substance introduced by the beekeeper into the hive with the intent of killing, repelling, or inhibiting a pest or disease afflicting the bees.
Certifications: Journeyman Certification
Goals of beekeeping: Small scale queen breeding. Identifying treatment free lines that overwinter well year after year and breeding from those lines. Improving late summer floral sources around the city.
Member since: 2012 Board Member since: 2013.
Beekeeping Style: ~5 hives. Research and education style
Approach: natural, foundationless
Equipment Expertise: Langstroth 10 frame
Certification: Apprentice pursuing Journeyman
More Info: Currently instructor at Green River Community College and instigator of their honey bee program.
Goals of beekeeping:
Member since: 2013
Beekeeping Style: Sideliner
Approach: Don’t treat = bees die.
Philosophy: Keep an open mind. Requeen in the middle of summer to local Nosema Resistant, VSH/SMR Queen stock. Feed Bees the best food possible. “Complete Bee” we have found works the best. You must feed Pollen Patties, Spring and Fall, Mega Bee #1, Recent scientific study By Randy Oliver.
Equipment Expertise: Langstroth, 10 frame, many reasons.
Certifications: Journeyman, but not certified.
Goals of Beekeeping: I got into bees for the honey. ( I had no idea the bees were so complex). In Bee Keeping there was always something else to learn, its never the same year after year. Bee Keeping is Farming. Bees are your livestock. You MUST do what you have to do to take care of your investment. Never ever give up!
|Tuesday, November 18th:||Annual Business meeting and Potluck. No regular 4th Tuesday Meeting.|
|December||No Monthly meeting – Enjoy the Holidays!|