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2020 Membership Dues: It’s that time of year again! Please see a board member at the next meeting to renew your membership!

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Due to the schools being closed until at least the next school year, all future meetings are canceled. As soon as we are allowed to gather, we will resume normal meetings.

May 11, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Hello from the President 

Yes, these may be isolating times but we’re an isolated group of select people that are intrigued to open a box with 1,000 of independent stingers.  Even though our monthly cluster is limited, I encourage individuals take time to observe the honey bees or delve into the endless well of information on the internet. Join the Olympia Beekeepers Association on facebook to exchange your local knowledge. Or reach out to one of our OBA mentors (with big thanks):
Linda Fuller, West Olympia          360-250-1566
Jim Rieck, Steamboat Penninsula 360-866-5218
Kitty & Roger Schiltz, Lacey          360-280-9831
Ron Scholzen, Elma                         360-482-3687
Giselle Souza, Matlock                   360-581-0713
You can also contact your OBA Board through the hotline # 360-515-7274I will be working with the board to keep us all connected with pertinent honey bee information and meeting updates.  We will be looking to access and use appropriate technology to further along the education and outreach for honey bee health and management.  Stay tuned to the website and your emails for opportunities and updates with OBA.
As we all continue learning more about the honey bee hive ecology; remember that keeping bees is connected to place. What works in one region may not have the same affect in the Pacific Northwest.  Spring is fickle in this region, it is important not to get ahead of the hive. Expanding to early can disrupt the colonies homeostasis while they are incubating the vital spring brood. Crowding the bees too long could give you early swarms. Either way it’s good to focus our efforts in keeping the bees alive. Take good notes of your beekeeping practice; they can help make future planning more scientific.  Learn from your mistakes- we all make them. Tend a new flower patch for all pollinators.  Build up and repair bee gear. Set up yellow jacket traps before the queens have a chance to build up their colonies around your apiary. Track down the ant hills that may have already found your bees sweet stuff. Get prepared for the swarm season!
Remember to enjoy the little things and feel good knowing we are connected to a super organism that has been providing wax and honey, mystery and health for thousands of years. As always, I’m looking forward to building healthy environments for us and the pollinators. BEE well and eat your local honey.

Maren Anderson

Annual Dues are now due.

Please see our Membership Chair to renew your membership for the 2020 year. Click HERE to pay online!

Apiary Registrations are also due (April 1st).

Click HERE to download the form! Be sure to get it in the mail by 4-1-2020.

For Your Review
March OBA Meeting Minutes

Links to check out while school is out!

1. OBA member Jeff Ott’s Podcast Beekeeping Today – Click HERE to check out all of the episodes including a Four-Part series on getting started.

2. Learn about honey bee nutrition! Read Fat Bees Skinny Bees -a manual on honey bee nutrition for beekeepers- click HERE!3. During the government imposed “lock-down” of our social gathering (and distancing), it’s important to NOT neglect your bees! A collaboration of university staff are now reaching out to offer online training as well. Please “attend” these sessions if you’re able – they’re led by some great speakers! Click HERE to register online for the seminars.

Stay at Home Beekeeping Series
Stay safe! Join us from home for this FREE online alternative to your usual beekeeping club meeting. Experts will present on timely topics and the presentation will be followed by Q&A.
– April 2: Ten Mistakes Beekeepers Make, Lonnie Funderburg (Alabama Beekeeper)
– April 7: Coping with Pesticide Sprays, Jack Rowe (Alabama Extension)
-April 16: Learning from Pandemics, Dr. J. Tsuruda (U. of Tennessee)
-April 30: Queen Management Essentials, Dr. J. Rangel (Texas A&M)
-May 14: Bee and Parasite Biogeography, Dr. K. Delaplane (U. of Georgia)
-May 28: What’s Killing Honeybees, Dr. J. Ellis (U. of Florida)

Only register once. Save the link you receive when you register; use this link to view each session.
Apr 2, 2020 04:30 PM
Apr 7, 2020 04:30 PM
Apr 16, 2020 04:30 PM
Apr 30, 2020 04:30 PM
May 14, 2020 04:30 PM

Friendly reminders!

We ask if you are showing any symptoms of ANY type of illness: Colds, Flu, etc., cough’s, sneezing, temperatures, to please stay home to minimize exposure to others. If you are in a higher risk category of age or underlying health issues, you should stay home.

General recommendations to minimize exposure remain:

  •  If you cough, cough into your elbow
  •  Minimize hand to face or nose contact
  •  Have and use hand sanitizer. (keep in mind that the alcohol content should be more than 65%) Many advertise being 99.9% for “Bacteria” but may be inadequate for 99.9% “Viral” efficacy.
  •  Minimize contact with others (hugs, handshaking, etc.)

More information can be found by clicking HERE.