Washington state House Bill 2478 – Increase bee forage

A new item that should be on our radar includes HB-2478, a bill that would increase bee forage which got a unanimous recommendation in the House Agriculture committee and is in the House Rules committee. This bill would create a pilot program that would replace noxious weeds with viable forage for bees and other pollinators. You can find a summary of the bill and other pertinent details here:
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2478&year=2015

It would be very helpful to reach out to your state legislators in support of this bill that helps ensure healthy, thriving bee populations. Please take a few moments and send an email to the legislators in your district, which you can find here:
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/2478

Asking them for their support and thanking them for their commitment to healthy honey bees, pollinators and the environment can go a long way in getting this bill passed. This legislation is similar to the bill that was introduced last year and stands a much better chance of passing this year.

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.

 

 

These folks know how to Bee a Pollinator!

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Roger and Kitty are exemplary ambassadors of public awareness for pollinators! Not only did they install a beautiful bee-themed planting bed filled with flowering plants pollinators love, they went over the top with their custom-built post for holding information about the campaign. Kudos to both for an outstanding job and a beautiful way for their "These Plants Feed Bees" sign to be displayed. Thanks for being such great pollinators!

And take a look below at a gorgeous garden bed filled with fabulous food for bees. This project represents the best of collaboration; the bed was built through a special Kitchen Garden Project from the wonderful folks at GRuB (http://goodgrub.org/ ). Laurie, the garden's new owner, attended the Pollinator Garden Dedication Event at Panorama in June, which inspired her plant choices for the bees. Abundant thanks to Laurie and GRuB for this gorgeous garden!

Laurie's Pollinator Haven
Laurie's Pollinator Haven

 

We love to see what you're doing to help bees. Keep the photos coming and thank you!