Workshop with Dr. Dewey Caron

Just Announced by the Pierce County Beekeepers Association

This is a special opportunity to learn specific tricks and techniques to get your bee colonies ready for winter.

Fall Management Techniques

With Dr. Dewey Caron

Sponsored by the Pierce County Beekeepers Association

September 17, 2016

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Allmendinger Center, WSU Puyallup Campus, 2606 West Pioneer, Puyallup, WA.

With lecture, Q & A, hands-on at the apiary (weather permitting), and afternoon breakout sessions.

Lunch and break snacks are included.

$30 for PCBA members; $70 for non PCBA members.

Limited to 60 participants.

http://pcbeekeepers.org/fall-management-techniques-with-dr-dewey-caron

If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact:

Marge Pearson, programs@pcbeekeepers.org

2015 Hive of the Year

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Submit your Hive of the Year Entry Now!

It’s harvest season, and it’s time to update your records, spiff up your hives, and prepare for the First Annual Hive of the Year Contest.

Win Big! Prizes for;

  • Oldest Hive
  • Most Productive Hive
  • Prettiest Hive

Pick up entry form at the next meeting or download this form: OBA 2015 Hive of the year entry form.
Enter as many hives as you wish

Entries must be submitted by November Association Meeting.
Winners announced and prizes given at December Meeting.

 

 

Volunteers Needed – Grays Harbor County Fair

We need more volunteers!
Dates are from August 5th to 9th.
We need: Friday 10-2 and 6-10, Saturday 10-2 and 2-6 and Sunday 2-6 and 6-8.
General information: Passes and tickets will be held at the Pavilion parking lot at the will call. Volunteers should go there first to get passes and parking permits. Then they are free to park at the main parking (further west) as it would be closer to the Bee Booth. I've put in a message to Rod at the Fair Grounds since I can't find the link on their site for you to use.

 

Upcoming OBA Volunteer Opportunities in 2015

Volunteering with OBA is a rewarding experience – getting to share information about honeybees, honey-tasting and seeing eyes light up at the sight of our observation hive is just plain fun! Build professional and personal skills and gain confidence in your beekeeping practices at the same time! Even if you are a new beekeeper OBA can always benefit from offering a smiling face and willingness to help.

Volunteer to staff the BEE BOOTH at the Thurston County Fair

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair

July 29 – August 2nd, 2015 (Wed-Sun)

(Come find us! We're in the building next to the Pollinator Garden across from the 'Livestock Auction Barn')

Have Great fun at the Bee Booth!

WHAT YOU'LL DO: Hang out in the “Bee Booth and Pollinator Garden" and answer questions! Paul and Pat will have more details to all volunteers at the July Bee meeting. No experience needed to volunteer. New beekeepers, this is a great learning opportunity. Helps earn points toward your Journeyman certificate.

The sign-up is for a 4 hour increments. You will not have to pay for entry to the fair while volunteering and you will have mini break’s to enjoy your fair time.

We are trying to ensure that we have three people for each shift with at least one more experience member at each shift for the hard questions.

Daily shifts are:

10am -2pm

2pm – 6pm

6pm -10pm except for the last day of the fair we close at 8pm.

HOW TO SIGN UP: If you interested in volunteering, Email me at paullongwell@comcast.net stating your name and the time you want to volunteer and I will add you. Also you can sign up at the July meeting.

Can’t make the fair? Here’s another opportunity.

We also need help decorating the Bee Booth the weekend before the fair, which is the weekend of 25th and 26th July. Let us know if you have cool bee stuff to contribute or if you want to lend a hand. The public is currently very interested in bees, beekeeping, and the problems with bee health. As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to educate the public on these issues. Like it or not, public outreach and education is a non-stop and essential duty of all beekeeping associations, including the OBA. If you volunteer, THANK YOU! If you do not, please consider it. Not all volunteer work requires you to engage the public. It does not take much time and is extremely gratifying.