We have recently talked with a few of the current board members and nominees and they have decided they would like to decline the nomination. If you are interested please reach out to the President, the association is only as good as it’s volunteers!.
You may nominate yourself or someone else. Preferably before November so we can reach out to that member and discuss the expectations and see their willingness to serve. Currently we have the following nominations;
Club needs to decide if we want to be members of WSBA – motion to join and seconded (potential to win money for large and small club of the year, beekeeper of the year)
Reminder that we have extra equipment available for sale, including frames with drawn comb
Rhonda at Ocean Shores Public Library is looking for someone to give a talk – if you are interested talk to Nathan
Yelm is putting on a Pollinator Palooza in May and looking for speakers – talk to Nathan
Treasurer’s update (David) – In good financial shape – Checking $4,404.11, Savings $4,580.3
If you want to sell honey or volunteer at the Steamboat Island Farmer’s Market, let David or Nathan know – runs every other weekend through August
Membership update (Catie)
Education update (Gail) – Awarded 6 new certificates to apprenticeship beekeeper class graduates
Planning an in-person apprenticeship class at Swantown starting sometime end of April, it will run for 6 weeks of 2-hour classes
Swarm list – If you want to be on the swarm list, make sure you indicate that in your membership profile online, including when you will be available to get swarms and how far you are willing to go and how high up you are willing to go – when a call comes in, Gail looks for the person who is closest to the swarm
Librarian’s update (Lynn) – located at Swantown Inn and open same hours as the coffee window on the weekends, can also email Lynn to check out a book
Mentorship update (Bryan) – Need more qualified mentors – sign up on the website to be a mentor or request a mentor or both. You don’t have to have a ton of experience to be a valued mentor to our new beekeepers.
Update from Jeff Ott – Beekeeping Today Podcast
Peter Nelson of the film called “The Pollinators” (available for download on Apple) – shared a DVD with the club that Jeff will add to the library
Free podcast mug given away!
Reminder! Everyone please register your hives with the state! You will only be protected as a beekeeper if your hives are registered. Also if you live in the city of Olympia, this registration is required to have bees in city limits. Registration is due by April 1 each year.
Debra presented the following information at the February 2023 General Meeting.
Which hive is best for you?
Honeybee’s can use a great variety of places for their hive. Beekeepers provide hives for the bees as a convenience to the beekeeper. Different style hives are used successfully all over the world. The challenge is deciding what type of hive(s) will you use. Many places have laws, such as in the United States we need to have some sort of removable frame (comb). Beekeepers need to be able to examine hive for disease. This article is just a quick look at some possibilities. It explores a few of the pros and cons of some hives. As well as questions the beekeeper needs to ask themselves when choosing a hive style.
A beekeeper that has been around should be able to help you with general bee care. Not all beekeepers will know exactly how every hive style works. They can help you check brood or disease by looking at comb. They do know if a hive needs space for brood or honey. They may not know that a particular hive differences from Langstroth such as moving frames not adding boxes. Details of how to work each hive is not universal.
I cannot recommend that new beekeepers use any hive that has not been around for many years (50 to 100). Learn about bees first in a tried-and-true hive style. Then experiment. Some of the experiments do not work in the end. Bees will always behave like bees. The hive style is about the beekeeper accessing the bees.
Many hive styles can work for a new beekeeper. Choose a hive style for you not another beekeeper. Most hive types have potential adjustments to make it work for you. All styles have beekeepers that love that one type of hive. I recommend different hives for different people. Think about the items below before choosing a hive.
Bees wants and needs:
Nice size cavity to build comb, lay brood, and store honey for winter.
Protection from weather and predators.
Beekeeper wants and needs: Some questions to ask and think about.
Why honeybees? Products -Honey, pollination, wax or just love bees?
Food – what will your bees eat? Look at local plants.
Location -What protection do you need for weather (rain, snow, sun, wind) or predators (bear)? Where will hives be located?
Finances – Beekeeping is expensive. Some hives initially cost more than others.
Physical (your capabilities) – What shape are you in for lifting heavy hives? Or alternative method.
Purchase equipment – Some equipment is easy to find others not. Build?
Assistance needed /available – mentor and classes?
Aesthetics (looks) – What do you like?
How to keep bees (time/treatment)– natural? Spend lots/little time working bees? Inspection – how often can you do it?
Mobile – Do you plan on moving hives often?
Space –number of hives, place to put hives
Hives: -very general information. Many more hive styles to choose from. History shows us hives have been around for hundreds of years. People have been using and inventing the whole time.
New styles, designs and decorations continue to develop. Hives are generally vertical or horizonal, stacking or one size, frames or bars, foundation support or not and a variety of extras (feeders, insulation …)
Langstroth – (frames and vertical boxes)
Size of frames and boxes (deep, medium shallow – 5, 8 or 10 frame). Can add boxes to top for more space. No protection (can add shelter, lids, covers). Heavy lifting or moving one frame at a time per box. Easy to get parts. Common hive in U.S. Mobile with lifting and truck.
Long Langstroth – single long horizontal box. Limited space. Lift one frame at a time. Not so mobile.
AZ (Slovenian or American) (frames and vertical chambers)
In bee house, opens like cabinet to work bees, frames slid in and out like books on shelf,
Has great protection (bee house). Cost more -last longer. No lifting -only frame. Few use AZ hive in U.S. Travel – trailer. Cannot add extra chambers.
Top Bar (Kenya)(bars in one long horizontal chamber )
Limited space. No protection (can add shelter, lids, covers). No lifting –one bar at a time. Comb on bars, no support. Few use. Harder to move. Good natural wax when crushing for honey. Viewing window.
Notes from Tina who has top bar. They offer a Zen feel with beekeeping. Hive must be kept level.
Warre’ (bars and vertical boxes)
Can expand for more space. Add new box to bottom. No protection (can add shelter, lids, covers). Lifting. Small boxes (about 8 bars). Comb on bars, no support. Can get tall. Few use. Mobile with lifting and truck. Natural growth for bees (top honey bottom brood). Viewing window. Good natural wax when crushing for honey.
Notes from Shaari who has Warre’ hives. Hive builds down. Hard for chemical mite treatment and inspection. Hive must be kept level. Correct comb as soon as you see it.
Cathedral (notes from Angela Baker -Women in Beekeeping ’21)
Smaller hive – space limited – tend to swarm
Materials hard to find – splits hard
Bars fiddly to get started (empty tend to sip down into hive)
Comb more stable in warm weather than top bar because of 3 sides.
Treasurer (David) – In good shape; savings has $4,579.95, checking has $4,407.17
Mentors (Bryan) – So far, 9 mentees that have filled out papers and asked for a mentor – need more mentors! 45 people want mentors but haven’t filled out the paperwork, 12 are willing to mentor but haven’t filled out the paperwork; Bryan has come up with a way to streamline the paperwork online via fillable form – look for updates coming soon
Library (Lynn) – Library has moved to Swantown Inn and has many new books! Let Lynn or Nathan know if you want to check something out. Coffee window open Fri-Sun 8am-12pm if you want to come and read without checking out.
5 Lifetime members
72 paid members through 12/31/2023. This is an increase of 29 paid members from last month. Of the 72 paid members:
20 are new members (If the date joined field reflects the correct date the person joined)
9 are renewing members
85 members are currently listed as expired as of 12/31/2022 or 01/01/2023
A decrease of 9 from last month.
New membership representative – I want to make sure I’m providing value added information in my report to the members. If there is additional membership related information would you like to know or would be helpful – let me know.
Education (Gail) – Just started a new apprenticeship class last week with 20 students (full class) – filled up in 2 weeks
Vice President (Nathan) – next month’s meeting will be a Bee Faire with vendors here to network with and place bee orders.
Special Guest: Debra Langley-Boyer – Hive Choices: Which hive is best for you?