Plan Ahead for 2020 NUCs

Member Joyce Danner is thinking for driving to Rochester, WA in an April/May time frame to purchase NUCs from Hive5 Bees. If anyone is interested in ordering, please call Joyce at 425-444-7598. Prices look to be in the $155 range for one to four NUCs, prices going down from there, but they do offer club discounts for orders of 25 or more.

Apprentice Beekeeping Certificate

Want something fun for the off-season? Enrollment is still open for the University of Montana Onliine Beekeeping Program. The Apprentice Class (first in series) is equivalent to about twenty hours of instruction. It begins November 4th and runs six weeks until December 13th. Classes are completely online.

Visit the program website for complete information about the course, schedule, textbooks, and system requirements.

Year-End Wrap Up

Our regular November meeting (and yearly club elections) will be held on Sunday, November 10th. Beginning beekeeper classes have concluded for the season but we’re inviting everyone to show up at 12:00 NOON for a year-end “get-together” to share some fun, tell stories, talk bees, and enjoy some cakes, cookies, coffee, and tea. If you have any honey to share, bring it along! We’ll set up a sampling table!

Fruit Show

Please don’t forget the Olympic Orchard Society will be having their Fall Fruit Show next Saturday, November 2nd, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 South Blake St. in Sequim.

Buy - Sell - Trade - Want - Need - Giveaway

I remain a honey bee supporter and club member but will "retire" from the attempt at bee keeping. Therefore, I have assorted paraphernalia available plus a top bar Warre hive (built by Walt and never occupied) that I would give to a young man or woman who is just starting out.

Thank you very much,
George Will 
georgeandjolie@yahoo.com


Local Sequim honey for sale. Medicine free hives to guarantee honey as pure as nature intended.

RAW and Unfiltered, this honey is strained but retains existing pollen composition, acting as a source of natural vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes proteins and minerals.

I have three extractions. Spring, Summer and early Fall. Some delicious creamed honey is also available for 1.00 more.
Six blue ribbons at the county fair, the tastes are different but all are great.

Small sampler 1/4 pint for $4.00 1/2 pint $6.00 1 pint $11.00

Herb Senft (360) 808-5619



Your Help is needed at the Clallam County Fair, 2019!

We’re looking forward to the Clallam County Fair, August 15 - 18, 2019.

Some booth volunteers signed up at the July and August meetings and we still need volunteers! There are 25 slots available. Won’t you please take a look at our online signup page and see what might fit into your schedule? You will provide a much-needed service to your bee club, have a wonderful time, and you will receive free tickets to the fair!

A New Book Donation...

The library recently received a new book donation entitled “A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees” by Dave Goulson, one of the UK's most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The following newspaper article entitled “Bumblebee Friends” clipped from the Peninsula Daily News, Peninsula Voices, was discovered inside the front cover of the book:

I am a citizen scientist volunteer for the Bumble Bee Atlas in Clallam County. Bumble Bee Watch appreciates incidental sightings o our native bumble bees from everyone, even if not an official citizen scientist. Please take a cellphone or digital camera photo of the bumble bee on the flower and upload to www.bumblebeewatch.org. Observations by hikers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park are especially valuable. Please make a note of the date, time, type of flower and exact location (latitude and longitude) if possible. Garden photos of a bumble bee on a flower are also useful. This is a study of bumble bees only. Honey bees and other species of bees are not included. Bumblebees can be identified by their fat, furry bodies and by comparing them to pictures on the Bumble Bee Watch website. Thank you for contributing to the knowledge and preservation of our native bumble bee pollinators. — Wendy Goldberg, Sequim

It appears to be an interesting read and the donation to NOPBA is much appreciated.

Upcoming Presentation: Learn more about queens, requeening, and winter bees.

Who: Dave Noble, Apiarist – Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware, Ohio

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: Carver Room, Sequim Library
630 N Sequim Ave, Sequim, WA 98382

Presentation outline:

  • Open/Introductions

  • Queen Rearing Fundamentals
    This is for those who may not want to raise their own queens but want and need to understand the process a bit better.

  • Queen Quality
    What makes a good queen. The value and importance of a good queen.

  • Break

  • Re-Queening
    When and why to re-queen. How honey bee colonies re-queen themselves and what we can learn from that. Autumn re-queening.

  • Local Bees/Queens.
    Even small-scale beekeepers can produce and sell nucs. Working with queen producers to develop a more sustainable beekeeping community. 

  • Break

  • Winter Prep/Healthy Winter Bees
    Mite monitoring and feeding before winter. 

  • Questions & Answers

Annual NOPBA Family Potluck BBQ & Swapmeet

Sunday, September 8, 2019 from Noon to 3:00 PM

Meats and drinks furnished. Please bring a salad, dessert, or a side dish. Bring your chair (we need a few tables, too!) A Swap-and-Shop Table will be set up for new and used beekeeping equipment for sale, trade, or giveaway.

Hosted at the residence of Marshall and BJ Rambeau, 361 Lisel Lane, Port Angeles.

When heading south on Deer Park Road, look for Lisel Lane to the left (East) after approximately 2.3 miles from Highway 101.

NWDBA Honey Bee Conference

NWDBA Honey Bee Conference at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4248173

The Lineup:

Saturday Sept. 21st
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Andony Melathopoulos
Doing the Multiplication: expanding your apiary the old school and "the Next Generation" way
(covers installing packages, splitting and making nucs)

10:15 AM-11:30 PM Randy Oliver
Reading The Combs: Understanding Bee Biology Over the Course of a Season
By acquiring a better understanding of the biology of bees, nutrition, parasites, and pathogens over the course of the season, and by learning to "read the combs," the beekeeper can then make better informed management decisions adapted to his/her particular situation.


11:30am-1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Andony Melathopoulos
Unsung Bee Diseases and How to Manage Them
(European foulbrood, chalkbrood, viruses, nosema)


(2:15 PM -3:30 PM Kevin Oldenburg CANCELLED - looking for new speaker)

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Randy Oliver
Oxalic Acid Tips
As varroa develops resistance to the synthetic miticides, beekeepers must learn to use alternative treatments. Oxalic acid has a long history of successful use, and can be applied by different methods (dribble, sublimation, extended-release). Tips from someone who has used oxalic acid for nearly two decades.


About Our Speakers:

Randy Oliver is a commercial beekeeper in California and runs the scientificbeekeeping.com website. He is a careful researcher, and the author of a monthly column in American Bee Journal.

Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, which was the first such position in the United States. He also sits on the Steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies and hosts a weekly podcast called PolliNation. In 2018, Andony was recognized with the National Pollinator Advocate Award by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

Kevin Oldenburg is the current President of Washington State Beekeepers Association. Dr. Oldenburg received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA. He founded 2nd Sight Bioscience in 2014 with a focus on using automation, robotics, and new technologies in the field of agriculture. He currently serves as the CEO and President of 2nd Sight BioScience. Kevin is an 8-year journeyman beekeeper who doesn’t like honey but loves watching his bees.

THE EXCHANGE

Buy - Sell - Trade - Want - Need - Giveaway

Dear fellow beekeepers/guardians,

I would very much like to buy some honey from a member. If anyone has some available and wants to part with a few quarts, please contact George Will at georgeandjolie@yahoo.com.

Thank you.


For Sale: I have several hives I’d like to sell. Each hive consists of 2 deeps and 1 medium, with bottom board, inner cover and lid. This is virtually new equipment with “newish” frames and some drawn comb. Prefer to sell as assembled units.

!!! Make an offer !!!
Call Steve Reinhart 360-457-6599

Reminder: NOPBA Coffee Group Meets Every Saturday

WHERE: Common Grounds Cafe, 525 E. 8th St., Port Angeles

WHEN: WHO: WHAT:

Saturday mornings, 8:30 AM, Everyone invited to:

  • Discuss Bees & Beekeeping Topics

We’re all learning and the whole idea of a bee club is to have some fun. Please join us every Saturday (until further notice), for informal discussions of bee related interest.

As the season progresses, we will be following coffee with apiary visits.

June Newsletter

The June 2019 Newsletter is now available at http://www.nopbanews.org. Read about:

  • Constructing a Bee-Hunting Box

  • Are Honey Bees Bad for Wild Bees?

  • Yellowjackets: A Look at Opportunistic Raiders of Honey Bee Hives

  • Why Do Varroa Mite Populations Sometimes Increase in the Fall?

  • Overview of swarming in honey bees, A. mellifera. 

and lots more information of interest to beekeepers.

2019 NWDBA Beekeepers Conference Announcement on 9/21/2019

The Northwest District Beekeepers Association is offering Western Washington beekeepers an educational and exciting conference on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Tickets for NWDBA members are $20.00 and $30.00 for non-members. The conference will take place at the Snohomish PUD Auditorium, located at: 2320 California St, Everett, WA 9820 . There is limited seating at the venue ( about 300) and it is expected to sell out well before the event so sign up early. 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4248173

9:00 am to 10:15 am            Speaker: Andony Melathopoulos  

Doing the Multiplication: expanding your apiary the old school and “the Next Generation” way. (covers installing packages, splitting and making nucs) 

10:15 am to 11:30 am          Speaker: Randy Oliver 

Reading The Combs: Understanding Bee Biology Over the Course of a Season
By acquiring a better understanding of the biology of bees, nutrition, parasites, and pathogens over the course of the season, and by learning to “read the combs,” the beekeeper can then make better-informed management decisions adapted to his/her particular situation.   

11:30 am to 1:00 pm            Lunch Break

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm       Speaker:  Andony Melathopoulos 

Unsung Bee Diseases and How to Manage Them
(European foulbrood, chalkbrood, viruses, nosema) 

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm Speaker: Kevin Oldenburg  

Bees, Science and How the Media Gets it Wrong   

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm. Break

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm       Speaker: Randy Oliver  

Oxalic Acid Tips  
As varroa develops resistance to the synthetic miticides, beekeepers must learn to use alternative treatments. Tips from someone who has used oxalic acid for nearly two decades. 


Randy Oliver is a commercial beekeeper in California, runs the scientificbeekeeping.com website, a careful researcher, and the author of a monthly column in American Bee Journal.

Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, which was the first such position in the US. He also sits on the steering committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies and hosts a weekly podcast called PolliNation. In 2018 Andony was recognized with the National Pollinator Advocate award by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

Kevin Oldenburg is the current President of the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Dr. Oldenburg received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the U. of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA. He founded 2nd Sight Bioscience in 2014 with a focus on using automation, robotics, and new technologies in the field of agriculture. He currently serves as the CEO and President of 2nd Sight BioScience.  Kevin is an 8-year Journeyman beekeeper who doesn’t like honey but loves watching his bees.

Don't forget . . .

NOPBA COFFEE GROUP

WHERE:

Common Grounds Cafe, 525 E. 8th St., Port Angeles

WHEN: WHO: WHAT:

Saturday mornings, 8:30 am Everyone

Discuss Bees & Beekeeping Topics

We’re all learning and the whole idea of a bee club is to have some fun. Please join us every Saturday (until further notice), for informal discussions of bee related interest.

As the season progresses, we will be following coffee with apiary visits.

Field Trip - Apiary Visit

Our club member Marshall Rambeau will be hosting an apiary visit at his residence SATURDAY JUNE 15th beginning around 10 AM. He and his his wife, BJ, are inviting us to come see his bees along with her magnificent garden. Marshall hand-crafts his hives with a very high degree of skill and this season several of them have been fitted with instrumentation to measure and track internal temperature, relative humidity, and weight.

WHERE:

Rambeau residence,
361 Lisel Lane (off Deer Park Road), Port Angeles

WHEN: WHO: WHAT:

Saturday morning, 10:00 AM - Everyone

When heading south on Deer Park Road, look for Lisel Lane to the left (East) after approximately 2.3 miles from Hwy. 101. Bring whatever protective clothing you are comfortable with.