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), with support of HBHC (Honey Bee Health Coalition) http://  and the BIP (Bee Informed Project) … Read more about 2nd Annual Mite-a-Thon


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

May in the Northwest Apiary

The honeybees are busy busy.  There are so many crops blooming now that both the beekeeper and the bees are very busy. Heavily populated hives may need more honey supers. Many beekeepers in the valley are experiencing swarming problems.  For some, the spring came on so fast, they couldn't keep … Read more about May in the Northwest Apiary

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

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 … Read more about Swarm trapping

April in the Northwest Apiary

Rich wrote 2 years ago on WVBA Hive - Swarm season is upon us - time to have some extra equipment ready; carry your gear and bee boxes around with you in the car or truck in case you get a swarm call.  Anyone buying packages or nucs will need to have all their hives ready for the bees.  Continue to … Read more about April in the Northwest Apiary

Our Bee Hive

Beekeepers are familiar with the saying ‘keep the bees out of the trees’? Today we say this referring to keeping bees in hive boxes in the spring, avoiding them swarming to end up in a nearby tree. Despite our best efforts, capturing swarms from trees remains part of spring bee activity.  There is … Read more about Our Bee Hive

March in the Northwest Apiary

In 2015 Rich reported that with the mild (2014-15) winter, honey bees have been busy producing brood so hives have more frames of brood than usual for this time of year. With our Milder February we may have a similar situation this spring.Rich recommended, if the bees are flying, to get into the … Read more about March in the Northwest Apiary