Mite Busters! How to avoid colony loss this winter.

To avoid colony loss this winter you MUST act now!

Mite bustersOur August Program featured the dynamic honey bee expert and Green River College Professor Danny Najera sharing his latest knowledge and information.

Download: The Mite Busters Handout (PDF 10.5MB)

More links for Danny's work;

See GRCC honeybees on Facebook here!
Make donations to his honeybee program here.
Tracking our Native Blooms here.

Honey Bee Project at the Governor’s Mansion

Two hives were placed on the front lawn of the Governor's Executive Residence at the Washington State Capitol and honey bees installed on April 20, 2016.

The project, a collaboration between the Olympia Beekeepers Association and the Washington Department of Enterprise Services will help raise public awareness about the decline of bee populations, our dependence on them to pollinate much of the food we eat and their importance to Washington's agricultural economy. The honey bees will also be boosting the pollination of plants at the mansion on on the Capitol Campus.


Links to recent articles on the project in the news:

Honey Bees Coming to the Washington State Governors Mansion!

Installation of stand and hive boxes was completed today by the OBA's Capitol Bee Team. The new buzzing residents at the Governor's Mansion will officially arrive on April 20th. The OBA is thrilled to be collaborating with Governor and Mrs. Inslee and the Department of Enterprise Services at the Capitol on this project.

OBA Members and Trudi Inslee, Wasingtons First Lady
(In the picture below, left to right, Brent Chapman, DES; Jeff Coleman, Duane McBride, Mark Emrich, First Lady Trudi Inslee, Laurie Pyne)

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

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 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.

Olympia Airport Honey Bee Project

This is a collaboration of the Port of Olympia and the Olympia Beekeepers Association.

OBA members Jim Martin and Roy Manicke raised the possibility of installing bees at the Olympia Airport. After some investigation, a meeting was set up with Rudy Rudolph, Airport Director. Rudy took the proposal to the Port Commissioners and the Airport Bee Team was off and running. Rudy met with Laurie to show her around potential airport sites to set up the airport apiary. The very last site was the clear winner, with a fence, treeline, stand of blackberries and easy access for tending the hive. The Airport Bee Team met to strategize preparations, set up, installation and follow up and to report back to Rudy the working plan including an ongoing communications structure so the airport knows when a beekeeper will be on site.

On the morning of May 6th, 2 nucleus hives were secured and installed into 10 frame boxes set up at the airport. The team also set up a water station for the bees. Installation went smoothly and the Olympia Airport's Lorie Watson joined Roy, Jim and Laurie for the installation.

Subsequent visits have been made to ensure their feeder was filled and to assess the status of both hives. Currently, the "north" hive has an edge over the "south", actively filling the frames in the second deep box that was added on May 17th along with replacing the migratory covers with new telescoping covers.

On May 26th, Laurie attended the Port of Olympia Commissioner's meeting along with Rudy to talk about the project and thank the Commissioners for their support. A sign will be installed at the airport at the apiary site designating the project and collaboration.

While honey bees at airports is not a new phenomenon, the Olympia Airport apiary represents an environmentally sound and beneficial use of the large, open green spaces at airports. The first airport bees were installed in Hamberg, Germany in 1999. Since then, Munich, Dusseldorf and other German city airports have followed suit as has, Sweden, Copenhagen, Chicago O'Hare, Sea-Tac, Lambert St. Louis and Montreal-Mirabel. Not only does it bring a fabulous use to tracts of airport land that cannot be used for other endeavors, it brings a greater awareness of bees to a wider audience.

We'll be posting updates from the Airport apiary on this page so please check back often!

The OBA is thrilled to be working with the airport on this project.


Airport Bee Team includes: Roy Manicke, Jim Martin, Frank Scolaro and Bruce Longmire

Laurie Pyne, OBA President, attended the Port of Olympia Commissioner's meeting on May 26th to thank the Commissioners for their support of the program. Rudy Rudolph, airport director presented several pictures from the installation. They are excited, interested and looking forward to reading updates on our website.

The Port posted a story on their blog about the project. Here is the link to the press release/post: