Winter loss report WVBA

At the March and April WVBA meetings, I distributed paper copies and directed members to a web-based colony loss survey, a continuing effort to define overwintering success of backyard beekeepers in Oregon. This was the 9th year of such survey activity. I received 282 responses from OR backyarders, … Read more about Winter loss report WVBA

Let the SWARMS begin

At the April meeting (April 24) we knew of only a single swarm. Rich covered swarming in his comments and his comments will be posted in the meeting minutes. we should begin to hear of local bee swarms  in May and June. Swarming means different things to different individuals. Some beekeepers see … Read more about Let the SWARMS begin


There was an informative webinar mid-January from Bee Culture Magazine [“The Kim and Jim Show”] that was all about packages. You can still view the one-hour broadcast at Bee Culture webpage Look for it filed under events. Kim and Jim discussed only packages but their … Read more about STARTING PACKAGES/NUCS

Dead Colony Forensics

Dead colony forensics - examining a dead colony to help determine what might have been the reason for non-survival.  Identifying the problem can guide changes in management leading to improved overwintering success. Last year backyard OR beekeepers lost 43% of their overwintering colonies – there … Read more about Dead Colony Forensics

Winterizing bee hives

Proper ventilation is important for bee colonies year round but can be especially critical in the winter. In the PNW, moisture, rather than cold temperatures, is a major contributor to decreased survival. Bees can amazingly well tolerate cold but less so when they are wet. High hive moisture is … Read more about Winterizing bee hives

Winter (mite) Preparations

Winter? It seems like a long time before we think about winter but in reality it is not so far away IF we plan to do something about mites. NOW (end August/early September) is the proper time to sample colonies to determine risk level and make mite control decisions, if you wish to do so. Why … Read more about Winter (mite) Preparations

So what is your May plan?

May and Memorial Day bracket this busy bee month. I start analyzing the pnwhoneybeesurvey responses this month, including those from WVBA members. Results will be posted as soon as I can get them gathered and analyzed. Thanks to all who filled in a survey. In May, bee-wise, we should have strong … Read more about So what is your May plan?