Alternative Beekeeping

How Varroa Mites Build Up Immunity to Commercial Miticides.

Why would I, as an Alternative beekeeping advocate, write about the use of commercial miticides? First and foremost for me personally, the most important thing is keeping bees alive. Everyone’s bees. Also, I consider myself an intellectual Alternative keeper, in that, I wouldn’t “take anything off the table” in my pursuit to keep bees alive. Though I don’t use miticides-…

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Projects, Updates

Capitol Honey Bee Project Update

In spring of 2016, two honey bee hives were installed on the grounds of the Governor’s mansion in Olympia. Both hives began collecting pollen and nectar from local blossoms, carrying it back to their new “homes.” As the Olympia Beekeepers Association project team continued to check on their progress, one of the hives demonstrated signs of a problem with its…

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PNW Survey of Bee Health & Beekeeping Practices

Survivorship Survey – by Dewey M. Caron Last year, 271 OR/WA backyarder beekeepers returned April surveys on overwintering colony losses/survivorship, and management such as colony feeding, sanitation and Varroa control efforts. The results for WA beekeepers are posted on the website: There were 52 WA respondents included in the WA report Colony loss levels from all WA respondents were…

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Survivor Queen Producers

The Association is often asked for sources of queens. Here is a partial list. You can always ask if someone in the association is breeding any too. Sam Comfort  –  Northern NY Kirk Webster – Vermont  Michael Palmer – Vermont  Dan Harvey – Wilderness Apiaries Washington John Jacobson – Old Sol Apiaries Rogue River, Oregon Russian Queen Breeders Association – (All…

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