Our Reluctant Spring

I hope your bees are OK despite our cool, wet spring weather. If you overwintered colonies from last year, PLEASE don’t forget to send in a survey to www.pnwhoneybeesurvey.com to report winter losses/survivorship and your managements for the past season. Survey is open until end of April. March … Read more about Our Reluctant Spring

TOOL USE

As beekeepers we employ a variety of tools. Smoker, Hive tool, frame holders, etc etc. When I prepared the Honey Bee Health Coalition  guide on managing varroa we called the guide a tool – an educational aid to combat our most serious bee pest.   Just a few decades ago, tool use was among … Read more about TOOL USE

Honey Bee Health Coalition releases new guide, tool to help beekeepers make informed hive management decisions

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has developed two new resources for beekeepers  — a best practices guide for hive health and a decision support tool for taking on the honey bees most dangerous parasite. An expert team of beekeepers, entomologists, extension and regulatory agents, bee suppliers and … Read more about Honey Bee Health Coalition releases new guide, tool to help beekeepers make informed hive management decisions

Bees and Solar energy arrays

The National news picked up the potential conflict in Oregon between solar energy use of Agriculturally-zoned lands and beekeeping. A 73-acre solar project near Estacada in Clackamas County requested an exemption to build on agricultural land. To qualify, the solar project developer included … Read more about Bees and Solar energy arrays

Fall Yard Chores

Do you take time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden in the fall? Or do you leave things more natural? Leaving a “natural, “messy” yard may not win any good-neighbor awards, but it might help beneficials and insect pollinator populations.  Consider letting … Read more about Fall Yard Chores

2nd Annual Mite-a-Thon

The 2nd annual Mite-a-Thon is a Citizen Science Project of NAPPC (North American  Pollinator Protection Campaign) http://www.pollinator.org/miteathon, with support of HBHC (Honey Bee Health Coalition) http:// www.honeybehealthcoalition.org  and the BIP (Bee Informed Project) … Read more about 2nd Annual Mite-a-Thon

Drifting

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 … 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 … Read more about 2018 WVBA Loss Report