Welcome to Olympia Beekeepers Association!

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Upcoming Events

Announcements

Elections
Elections are scheduled for November.  The Board is working on a comprehensive procedure, with ballots tentatively available on the OBA website in October.
If you would like to nominate a member, or yourself, for a board position, please notify any Board member.
To remain viable and vibrant, the club needs your participation.

Survey
The Board is preparing a survey of 2020 bee purchases, beginning with our first Bee Faire in February, and extending to preparations for over-wintering.  The survey is scheduled to be available on the website by November, and should be returned to PO Box 732, Olympia, WA  98507 by December, with the results published in early 2021.

WASBA Update
Conference Registration is Now Open!

WASBA’s 2021 conference will take place virtually, and we promise that it will be informative and fun!

When you register, there’s a couple of things you can add on to your registration:

  • Tales from the Hive – This Saturday early evening event will feature our speakers telling their best stories on themselves or their fellow speakers. We’ll even send you three cocktail recipes that you can make at home to get into the spirit of things.
  • Of course, in addition to COVID 19, 2020 was all about the Asian Giant Hornet! We’ve made up life-size pins so you can show people the difference between a honey bee and an AGH
  • Here’s the link to register:
  • https://www.accelevents.com/e/WASBA2020PacificNorthwestBeekeepingConference

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. During the government imposed “lock-down” of our social gathering (and distancing), it’s important to NOT neglect your bees! A collaboration of university staff are now reaching out to offer online training as well. Please “attend” these sessions if you’re able – they’re led by some great speakers! Click HERE to register online for the seminars.

Friendly reminders!

We ask if you are showing any symptoms of ANY type of illness: Colds, Flu, etc., cough’s, sneezing, temperatures, to please stay home to minimize exposure to others. If you are in a higher risk category of age or underlying health issues, you should stay home.

General recommendations to minimize exposure remain:

  •  If you cough, cough into your elbow
  •  Minimize hand to face or nose contact
  •  Have and use hand sanitizer. (keep in mind that the alcohol content should be more than 65%) Many advertise being 99.9% for “Bacteria” but may be inadequate for 99.9% “Viral” efficacy.
  •  Minimize contact with others (hugs, handshaking, etc.)

More information can be found by clicking HERE.