Bee a Pollinator!
Check out the Bee a Pollinator page to find out how you can help bees and join the campaign!
HB 2478 Update
HB 2478 passed the House on a vote of 96-1 on February 10th. It was pulled from Rules on the 9th.
We should let our representatives know we appreciate the Yes vote on this bill. The bee forage pilot project will help landowners know how to successfully replace noxious weeds with good bee forage. Every representative in the House voted in favor of this bill but one.
You can find your representatives by putting your address in at
and clicking on the two Representatives who represent your district to email them, thanking them for their Yes vote on 2478, and for their support of healthy honey bees and pollinators. The only No vote was Rep. Klippert from Kennewick.
The bill now goes to the Senate so stay tuned for more information and updates as they become available.
Please note: If you've sent an email to the Olympia Beekeepers Association and haven't received a response, please re-send to:
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Register your hives!
It is that time of year to register your hives. For most of us it is only $5 for up to 5 colonies, and $10 for up to 25 colonies. This shows the Department of Agriculture just how many beekeepers there are, along with protections and reporting for colony loss.
The club has this page with all of the documents and links you need!
Have a Swarm of Bees?
The next regular meeting and beginning beekeeping class will be on Monday, March 14th. Meeting is from 7-9:00 pm and class meets from 6-7:00 p.m. at Chinook Middle School in Lacey.
Now is the time to start planning and preparing for this year's honey bees. We will have package bee ordering information posted soon. The Olympia Beekeeper's Association is a fabulous resource for education, bees, fellowship, mentorship and troubleshooting help as you prepare to install your first or hundredth hive this season! We hope to see you at our 2016 meetings on the second Monday of each month. We're planning a great roster of speakers and programs for the year. If you're thinking about having bees one day or simply appreciate them and want to learn more, the association is a great place to start.
All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings.
- Education Classes (Beginning Beekeeping/Apprenticeship program) at 6pm in classroom 104
- Membership Meeting follows at 7pm in the cafeteria
Membership is $25 per year. You can sign up at our meeting, or fill out this form.