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. 


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.