WSBA Newsletter, April 2017
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WSBA Newsletter
April 2017

A collection of recent events, upcoming opportunities, informational articles, and points of discussion for our group.

You are receiving this newsletter compliments of the West Sound Beekeepers Association because we sincerely want to share our love of bees and useful information with you.  For more information visit our website:  or join the group Facebook page at
Feel free to share the newsletter or unsubscribe at any time.  (links at the bottom).
President:  George Purkett -, 360-895-9116
Vice-President:  Larry Carbaugh -, 360-638-1440
Treasurer:  Bob Finley
,, 360-620-2329
Secretary:  Janet Finley,, 360-277-7665
Apiary Manager:  Jean Ball,, 360-301-4415
April 1 -
  • Hives should be registered. -  link: apiary registration form
  • Package bees should be ordered from Stedman's Bee Supplies
April 4 - Final class of the six-week Beginner Beekeeper Course.  Time slots in the hands on classes in the apiary should be booked.  Sign up sheets are at the registration table with limited spaces for April 8 (10:00 & 12:00) and April 15 (10:00 & 12:00).

April 18 - Monthly WSBA meetings held at Stedman's Bee Supplies, 3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383
  • 6:00-6:45 PM  Board meeting (all welcome)
  • 7:00-9:00 PM  General meeting with special presentation in last hour
April 22 - Package Day!  Target date for arrival to Stedman's Bee Supplies of ordered bee packages.  Date may be affected by weather, supplier, and travel conditions.

To those who earned their Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper Certificate for 2015, 2016, or 2017:  The certificates can be picked up at Stedman's Bee Supplies or during a monthly meeting.  (It may take a while for the 2017 certificates to arrive from the State.)
Stedman's Bee Supplies
is now taking orders for packaged BEES...
(We're looking into NUCS as well as packages)
Pre-Orders Due by April 1st.  Payment will be taken with pickup in April.
Call 360-692-9453 or stop in. 
3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd
Silverdale, WA 98383
 OPEN TUES - FRI  12:30-5PM, SAT 9 AM-4PM​
New kits and equipment available
New this year:  WSBA Members in good standing (paid 2017 dues) who order bee packages through Stedman's will receive an Apistan treatment strip and instructions for use per package to help in the fight against Varroa mites.
On Friday March 3, Sustainability in Prisons Project partners filled the gymnasium at Washington Corrections Center for Women for a summit on beekeeping programs in prisons. About 125 expert, apprentice, and novice beekeepers spent the day sharing best practices for rebuilding pollinator populations. We also shared the delights of working with honeybees and other pollinatorsthese social insects and plant-pollinator relationships served as lovely metaphors for productivity and mutual support.

For the full article, which is too long to reproduce here, please access the link to

Michael Cavett is interested in hearing from others in our Club who use Top Bar hives.  He can be contacted at  Perhaps a subset of Club members can form a support/mentor group for this type of hive.
Thanks to the Washington State Beekeeper's Association for the following articles:

While this information out of the University of Vermont is too long to print here, a link can be followed at

Bayer has launched the Feed a Bee steering committee in the U.S., comprised of 14 diverse partners to distribute $500,000 to support projects that will increase pollinator forage in all 50 states by the end of 2018 (see Do you know an organization that could benefit from this funding? Encourage them to apply! Forage initiative proposals are now being accepted from stakeholders on a rolling basis with the first round of considerations occurring for those submitted prior to March 31. Visit beginning March 3 for more information on submitting proposals.
A 61-year-old resident of Hong Kong was being treated for a rare case of mad honey poisoning after eating honey from Nepal. The man was hit by weakness, numbness, chills and shortness of breath about 45 minutes after eating just a spoonful of the honey, the Center for Health Protection said.  He sought treatment at the emergency unit of the Prince of Wales Hospital and was admitted. He was discharged the next day in a stable condition.

The South China Morning Post newspaper reports grayanotoxins, a group of closely related toxins found in rhododendrons and other plants from the same family, were later detected in his urine sample and the uneaten honey. The honey produced from the nectar of such plants can sometimes contain the neurotoxins, and is then known as “mad honey”.

Despite having few taste genes, honey bees are fine-tuned to know what minerals the colony may lack and proactively seek out nutrients in conjunction with the season when their floral diet varies.

This key finding from a new study led by Tufts University scientists sheds light on limited research on the micronutrient requirements of honey bees, and provides potentially useful insight in support of increased health of the bee population, which has declined rapidly in recent years for a variety of complex reasons.

The research, published in Ecological Entomology, suggests that beekeepers should provide opportunities for their bees to access specific nutrients, possibly through a natural mineral lick, to support their balanced health because the bees will search for the minerals when they need them. It is also an opportunity for the general public to support the bee population by planting a diverse range of flowers that bloom throughout the year.

It's not too late to update your membership with WSBA.

Send in your $20 check made payable to WSBA to Treasurer Bob Finley at 3268 Old Sawmill Place NW, Bremerton, WA  98312.  You can also drop off your check at Stedman's Bee Supplies or attend a monthly meeting (3rd Tuesday of the month.)

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