August in the Northwest Apiary

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    WVBA Meeting Aug 27, 2018
    Chemeketa Community College – Building 8, Room 201
    Salem, OR

Beekeeping Articles


WVBA beekeepers may recall meeting Dan Wyns. Dan, with Ellen Topitzhofer, has been the 2 person BeeInformed PNW Tech Team working out of Oregon State the past 3 seasons. Dan moved back to his native state to form a Michigan Tech Team this spring. The PNW Tech teams offer regular on-site hive inspections and sampling… Read more about Drifting

2018 WVBA Loss Report

With the most recent PNW honey bee survey, the 10th year of such survey activity I received 303 responses from OR backyarders, keeping anywhere from 1 to 50 colonies; Willamette Valley members sent in 34 surveys, 10 more than the previous year, reporting loss/survivorship of 153 fall colonies. Overwintering losses of WVBA respondents was 55… Read more about 2018 WVBA Loss Report

Swarm trapping

At the April WVBA meeting Morris Ostrofsky gave lots of practical information, most from his own experience, on how to capture swarms via swarm traps. If you’re looking to increase your number of colonies, consider setting out one or more swarm/bait boxes, an inexpensive means of starting additional colonies. Swarm traps can bring the swarms… Read more about Swarm trapping

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