• Meetings

    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.

    Meetings are at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum. The Arboretum is also home to the PSBA Apiary, which is behind the greenhouses.

    Graham Visitor Center at the UW Arboretum where PSBA meetings are held.

    Graham Visitor Center at the UW Arboretum


    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.
    Tuesday, February 25th: 
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter:  Steve Sheppard  – Entomology Department Chair Professor, Graduate Faculty Apiculturist, Thurber Memorial Chair,  Department of Entomology Washington State University.  Come hear about the latest bee research from WSU’s apiary lab.
    Tuesday, March 25th:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter Ken Reid will us in lieu of Marvin who became ill and unable to present in March.  Ken Reid will cover Swarm Management and Capture.  Marvin Johnson, owner Jerrythebeeguy.com  Marvin will help us understand behaviors and characteristics of “other stinging insects”,  as well as show highlights from some of his bee wrangling adventures.
    Tuesday, April 22nd:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter: Daniel Najera, PSBA’s research chair will present-PSBA Research, Knowledge, and Learning – The Varroa MiteIn 2013, PSBA started a cooperative effort with Green River Community College to analyze the populations of honeybees in our region. Here, we detail the methodology and basic results. More importantly, we demonstrate the effectiveness of research efforts and put out a call for more participation. We will discuss the future research efforts to be conducted in 2014. Come listen to how we can work together to help understand how to handle varroa in our part of the country and become a powerful example for what beekeeping organizations can do.
    Tuesday, May 27th:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter:  Native Pollinators in the Garden with Julie O’Donald.  Julie is a Master Gardener and Backyard Wildlife Habitat Steward with over 30 years of experience creating wildlife friendly gardens. She has focused on the use of native plants in the home landscape and the benefits that specific native plants offer to wildlife. Julie’s personal certified wildlife habitat contains over 200 species of native plants and has been successfully attracting native birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects for more than 20 years. She also uses non-native plants such as blueberries in garden habitat design for the benefit of both people and wildlife.Active in educational community outreach, Julie volunteers for the Washington Native Plant Society, the Washington Butterfly Association, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and the National Wildlife Federation.  Photos from Julie’s garden were published in Pacific Horticulture’s summer 2013 issue, available on-line.

    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:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter: Franclyn Heinecke, MA; Region 2 Representative, WSBA; Member, Statewide Honeybee Working Group;Past Vice President, Pierce County Beekeepers Association;Small-scale beekeeper in Puyallup with interests and focus on the need for season-long forage for bees and raising/evaluating queens for vigor in the Pacific Northwest.

    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!
    Tuesday, August 26th:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter: Eric Mussen, PhD Entomology and Extension Apiarist of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. We were lucky to secure Eric as a speaker this season as he is retiring from his post in June, after joining UC Davis in 1976! Musssen writes a bimonthly newsletter, from the UC Davis apiaries, which can be downloaded free from his website. He also writes the periodic Bee Briefs and one includes Getting Started in Beekeeping.  Eric will talk about honeybee nutrition. We are sure you shouldn’t miss hearing from this influential beekeeper!


    Tuesday, September 23rd:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter: Megan Dunn, Director, Healthy People and Communities Program Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), www.pesticide.org


    Tuesday, October 28th:
    • 6:30 Pre Meeting Lesson
    • 7:00 PSBA Announcements
    • 7:30 Main Meeting Presenter: PSBA Beekeeper Q & A panel


    Beekeeper Panelists:

    • Mark Hohn, PSBA Vice President
    • Danny Najera, PSBA Research/Education Chair
    • Jeff Steenbergen, PSBA Top bar and Treatment Free Beekeeping
    • Elaina Jorgensen, PSBA Trustee and Queen Rearing instructor
    • Mike Radford, Owner Operator of Northwest Bee Supply


    Detailed Bio’s

    Mark: Best known for crowd control at PSBA’s field day and for being willing to haul hives to extreme locations
    Member since: 
    2010        Board Member since: 2013, VP since 2014

    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


    Elaina: Best known for mentoring others and teaching PSBA’s queen rearing class

    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.


    Jeff: Best known for his “Bee Lunch” articles each month in PSBA Buzz Blog,  and instructor of PSBA’s Top Bar Beekeeping Class.

    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.


    Danny: PhD Entomology – Keeps bees for Research Currently instructor at Green River Community College. Best known for his passionate presentations and waggle dance demonstrations!

    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:



    Mike: Best known for being the Guy that brings bees to everyone in the Northwest.  Even flying them to the San Juan islands in his plane.

    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!