Welcome to Olympia Beekeepers Association!

JANUARY ONLINE MEETING

Monday JANUARY 11, 2021, at 7:00 pm

Topic: Asian Giant Hornets hosted by Washington Department of AgricultureCassie Cichorz with the Washington State Department of Agriculture will be holding an Asian giant hornet presentation for OBA to provide general information about Asian giant hornet, trapping and eradication efforts, with some identification. We will also learn about some resources they offer to beekeepers.

Click HERE to join the meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm.
This is not a Zoom meeting. This link will redirect you to a webpage, there is an option to “join from browser” people will want to click that or it will download the software.

Use SQUARE to join or renew your membership! Just click HERE!

Announcements

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
WOODS BEE CO will be conducting a Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) Beginning Beekeeper Certification Course. The course starts January 11, 2021, and this is a five-week online course with a one-hour weekly Zoom review on Saturday. Everyone who completes this course will receive a WASBA Beginning Beekeepers Certification, a one-year WASBA membership, and the opportunity to attend the WASBA Apprenticeship Beekeepers Certification Course. The Beginning Beekeeper Course cost is $45, including manual, certificate, postage, and membership.  Registration ends January 6, 2021. Click HERE to register! The WASBA Apprentice Course starts January 25th.

VIDEO GAMES

Here’s an interesting video on swarm capturing:

https://youtu.be/Imx9vaco4uM?list=PLDmx9YtS9ZYgCCdE9KAynEi4arwXI92r7

And here’s a good video of a queen bee emerging from a queen cell. For some of you who haven’t seen this, it’s pretty good.  She emerges finally about 3:29 into the video so you don’t have to sit through the whole thing.

https://youtu.be/PdOuTkT57qo

Do you have a favorite beekeeping video you’d like to share? Send a link to:  davidbruun98@hotmail.com

Hello from the President 

Yes, these may be isolating times but we’re an isolated group of select people that are intrigued to open a box with 1,000 of independent stingers.  Even though our monthly cluster is limited, I encourage individuals take time to observe the honey bees or delve into the endless well of information on the internet. Join the Olympia Beekeepers Association on facebook to exchange your local knowledge. Or reach out to one of our OBA mentors (with big thanks):
Linda Fuller, West Olympia          360-250-1566
Jim Rieck, Steamboat Penninsula 360-866-5218
Kitty & Roger Schiltz, Lacey          360-280-9831
Ron Scholzen, Elma                         360-482-3687
Giselle Souza, Matlock                   360-581-0713
You can also contact your OBA Board through the hotline # 360-515-7274I will be working with the board to keep us all connected with pertinent honey bee information and meeting updates.  We will be looking to access and use appropriate technology to further along the education and outreach for honey bee health and management.  Stay tuned to the website and your emails for opportunities and updates with OBA.
As we all continue learning more about the honey bee hive ecology; remember that keeping bees is connected to place. What works in one region may not have the same affect in the Pacific Northwest.  Spring is fickle in this region, it is important not to get ahead of the hive. Expanding to early can disrupt the colonies homeostasis while they are incubating the vital spring brood. Crowding the bees too long could give you early swarms. Either way it’s good to focus our efforts in keeping the bees alive. Take good notes of your beekeeping practice; they can help make future planning more scientific.  Learn from your mistakes- we all make them. Tend a new flower patch for all pollinators.  Build up and repair bee gear. Set up yellow jacket traps before the queens have a chance to build up their colonies around your apiary. Track down the ant hills that may have already found your bees sweet stuff. Get prepared for the swarm season!
Remember to enjoy the little things and feel good knowing we are connected to a super organism that has been providing wax and honey, mystery and health for thousands of years. As always, I’m looking forward to building healthy environments for us and the pollinators. BEE well and eat your local honey.Maren Anderson

Links to check out while school is out!

1. OBA member Jeff Ott’s Podcast Beekeeping Today – Click HERE to check out all of the episodes including a Four-Part series on getting started.

2. Learn about honey bee nutrition! Read Fat Bees Skinny Bees -a manual on honey bee nutrition for beekeepers- click HERE!

3. Member Library! It will be a few more months before OBA gets back to meetings. Until then, this is a great time to catch up on a good Bee book or Bee DVD that you haven’t seen.  Click HERE to see the list and email the librarian (click HERE to email) to set up a time to obtain the item.