LCBA's Upcoming Monthly Meeting:
Thursday, May 11
Topic: Evaluating Brood Pattern & Re-Queening Colonies
When: 6 – 6:30 p.m.: Social Time; 6:30 – 7:30, Speaker; 7:45 – 8:45, Business Meeting
Speaker: Rev. Alan Woods of Woods Bees, Centralia, will share his local queen breeder's insights into evaluating brood pattern, understanding why a colony is making a queen, local queen rearing, maintaining a queen nuc, & more. Beekeeping Q&A and brief business meeting follow his talk.
Our Regular Meeting Dates/Times:
2nd Thursdays of each month
Social Time 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Speaker, 6:30 to 7:30
Business Meeting & Beekeeping Q&A, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Centralia College, Washington Hall 103
701 W. Walnut St., Centralia WA 98531.
For directions, click here.
FYI: Our July & December meetings are potlucks ~ for details on times & places, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360 880 8130.
Our Meetings Feature:
* Expert Speakers
* Beekeeping Q&A
* Short Business Meeting
Questions? Contact LCBA:
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Highlights of Our Past Meetings & Links to Resources Presented:
Scroll down for information on past monthly meeting topics. For meetings beyond the next month, visit our Upcoming Events page.
Thursday, April 13
Building Strong Colonies in Spring
Speaker: LCBA Mentorship Coordinator Dan Maughan
For highlights of this meeting, please see LCBA's May Newsletter.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Package & Nuc Bee Sales
Newbees: What To Expect In Your First Year of Beekeeping, by Bill Barr & Peggy Hammer
To view Bill & Peggy's slideshow, click here.
Thursday, February 9
New Long Langstroth, Observation Hive, & Other New Beekeeping Equipment Designs
Speaker: John Edwards, Ruhl Bees
For details of John's talk, watch for our March Newsletter.
Thursday, January 12
Migratory Beekeeping: Follow the Nectar!
Speaker: Longtime beekeeper Gottfried Fritz shared his experiences in commercial pollination during the 1960s and 70. For a detailed writeup of his talk, see our February Newsletter; for his slideshow, click here.
LCBA's 8th Annual Holiday Potluck
Despite a blizzard, 50 beekeepers turned out to share good food, good fellowship at our new location at Forst Borst Park, Kitchen #2. 2016 Youth Scholar Josiah Cowin shared experiences from his first year of beekeeping. We held a brief monthly meeting with a vote on revised bylaws & a dues increase, & held a fundraising drawing for our 2017 Youth Scholarship Program - which raised $454!
Inside the Waggle Dance
Dr. Danny Najera, Ph.D. Entomology & Instructor at Green River Community College, covered "the complexity of the honeybee through the well documented waggle dances," as well as new research. To view Dr Najera's slideshow, click here. For the video of Dr. Najera's presentation on LCBA's new YouTube channel, click here - thanks to Cody Warren! For a writeup of the talk & meeting, see our December Newsletter: click here.
Using Digital Hive Tools to Help Manage Colonies; Making Winter Patties
Speakers: LCBA Treasurer Rick Battin showed how he uses digital hive management systems to assess colony weight, temperature, & more; Community Outreach Coordinator & "Bee Chef" Dan Maughan showed how he whips up his winter patties recipe. For Dan's recipe, click here; for details of the meeting, see our November Newsletter.
Fall Management Strategies: Ways to Help Prepare Your Bees for Successful Over-Wintering
LCBA President Kevin Reichert led a discussion of how to assess hives going into winter, when to consolidate boxes, how to control bee-killing moisture, winter feeding methods, & more. To read Kevin's 10 Tips for Successful Over-wintering, click here; for a slideshow with added details, click here.
Speaker: Dr. Dewey Caron - Pacific Northwest Honey Bee Loss Survey Results - Lessons & Take-aways to help us help our bees.
LCBA's 8th Annual Summer Potluck at Lintott/Alexander Park in Chehalis
We enjoyed good fellowship & shared dishes with fellow beekeepers - & raised $636 for our 2017 Youth Scholarship Program. Many thanks to local businesses & members who donated drawing items, & all who participated in the drawing! For highlights, see our August Newsletter.
Honey Judging Criteria; Adulterated Honey & How to Avoid It; Tales from the International Honey Laundering Trade
Education Coordinator Peter Glover explained how LCBA has adapted the Eastern Apiculture Association’s honey judging criteria and gave tips on how to prepare honey for entry in this August’s Southwest Washington Fair. To view his slideshow, click here.
Journeyman candidate Terrie Phillips explained how honey becomes adulterated and things you can do to avoid this, and shared tales of the international honey laundering trade. To view her slideshow, click here.
Mycological approaches to increase longevity, reduce mite and viral burden, and improve immunity of honey bees. Our speaker, Blake Westman, is Production Manager at Fungi Perfecti & works with Paul Stamet & Steve Sheppard at WSU on mushrooms and honey bee health. Details will be in our June newsletter.
Also: Honey Supering: LCBA mentor Steve Howard shared tips on honey supering to prevent swarming.
Post-Overwintering Assessment - Why Did My Bees Die? Also - Tips on Hiving New Package Bees - a "dry demo." For tips on hiving bees, click here; for a link to the Bee Informed Partnership's slideshow on bee death from varroa associated viruses, click here. For a writeup of the meeting, see our May Newsletter.
Transporting Package Bees, Dos & Don’ts - Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan. To see a slideshow of Dan's presentation, click here. For step by step directions on hiving package bees, click here.
The "Long Langstroth" Hive - the best of both worlds, blending Langstroth & Top Bar?? - Dan Maughan. (Part of the slideshow linked above.)
Foundationless Beekeeping: a natural alternative to traditional Langstroth beekeeping - Treasurer Rick Battin
Oxalic Acid Fume Vaporizers for Varroa Control - Herb Zile. To see a do-it-yourself video on making an oxalic fume vaporizer, click here. To see "Fat Bee Man's" how-to videos on using oxalic acid fume vaporizers, click here and here.
For a detailed writeup of these talks, see our April Newsletter.
53 Years in Beekeeping: LCBA Mentor Gottfried Fritz shared his experiences from over 50 years as a beekeeper, focusing on how things have changed. Details are in LCBA's March 2016 Newsletter.
Prefaced by short film, "The Beekeeper," by Spenser Sarsen: to view the film, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orb7nE6WQZY
Building Your Own Top Bar Hives: LCBA Mentor Steve Howard
Top Bar & Langstroth: Comparing the Experiences: Terrie Phillips
Our 7th Annual Holiday Potluck
For photos, click here to visit our Photo Gallery page.
Oxalic Acid Fume Vaporizers for Varroa Control; an Insider's View of the Package Bee Business
Mike Radford of Northwest Bee Supply shared his adventures transporting northwest package bees as far afield as Alaska by plane: to see that slideshow, click here. Mike also explained how the new oxalic acid vaporizer works to control Varroa mites: to view that slideshow, click here. To visit Mike's website, click here.
Pheromones & Venom: The Chemical Communication of Honey Bees
How do honey bees use pheromones to communicate important message about queen-rightness, brood conditions, alarm situations, homing for foragers, & more? Venom: what makes some suddenly susceptible to allergic reactions? Click here for speaker Dr. Dewey Caron's slideshow; for a detailed writeup, click here to read our November newsletter.
Fall Management for Over-winter Survival
Click here for LCBA VP Kevin Reichert's list of 10 things we can do now to support our bees; click here for his slideshow explaining & illustrating his moisture control box and candy board approaches.
Mite Control Management: discussion of Varroa treatment philosophies - non-treatment v. animal husbandry approaches.
For Dan Maughan's slideshow, click here; for the Honey Bee Health Coalition's interactive guide on Varroa management, click here; for BeeInformed Partnership's guide to using oxalic acid for mite control, click here.
LCBA's 7th Annual Summer Potluck
Lintott Alexander Park, Chehalis
About 80 beekeepers & family members gathered at the park to share food, fellowship, & raise funds for our 2016 Youth Scholarship Program - for pictures & more info, see our Photo Gallery / August newsletter.
Pacific Northwest Bee Loss Surveys & Management Practices – What Do Results Say about How We Can Help Our Bees Survive?
Speaker: Dr. Dewey Caron
Data on 2014-15 bee losses, nationwide, in the Pacific Northwest, & in Lewis County; discussion of what management practices seem most helpful. To see Dewey's slideshow, click here.
Chemistry of Honey, Pollen, & Wax
Speaker: Master Beekeeper Louis Matej
How do bees produce needed energy & heat from sugars in nectar and from proteins in pollen? For highlights, click here for a PDF of Louis's slideshow.
Swarm Capture Methods;
Hiving Package Bees in Top Bar & Langstroth Hives;
Testing Newly Hived Package Bees for Varroa Mites.
Speakers: LCBA VP Dave Gaston, President Norm Switzler, Secretary Susanne Weil
For highlights of presentations, see our April-May Newsletter: click here.
Monitoring Bee Colony Health Using In-Hive Thermometers: LCBA Mentorship Coordinator Kent Yates
Building Nucs: Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan
Discussion: Early Spring Management Issues
Beekeeping in Kenya
Speaker: Susanne Weil
Also: Beekeeping Q&A: how can we help our bees weather unseasonably warm weather?
Getting Started with Mason Bees:
Speaker: Tim Weible
Tim shared great information about mason bee biology, options for housing mason bees, methods for cleaning their blocks, & dealing with pollen mites. He also presented a great array of show & tell items during his talk. To see photos & read a summary, click here for our February Newsletter; for more information about mason bees, click on "Resources & Links," above, then visit our Mason Bee page.
December 10, 2014:
LCBA's 6th Annual Holiday Potluck
About 60 beekeepers braved rain & wind for our 6th Annual LCBA Holiday Potluck at the Newaukum Grange – we had a blast! For photos, click here. Good food, even better company, & with our drawing, we raised over $260 for our 2015 Youth Scholarship Program. Many thanks to those who donated items for the drawing – and brought canned & dry goods for the Greater Chehalis Area Food Bank – we filled 3 big boxes. And a big thank you to Steve & Cheryl Howard for bringing the table décor of fir boughs & Xmas tree ornaments!
November 12, 2014:
Winter Projects: Things You Can Do This Winter for a Better Bee Season in 2015!
For highlights, see for our December Newsletter: Rick Battin's propolis/alcohol stain for health-promoting hive box weather-proofing....Martin Stenzig's dovetail method for building hive boxes (available in PDF by clicking here)...Tomme Trikosko's homemade, non-spendy mouse guard...& Richard Kain's quick & easy "rope trick" to make lifting those heavy hive boxes easier on more mature backs.
October 8, 2014:
Causes of Bee Colony Collapse
For highlights of Dr. Tim Lawrence's talk - including his provocative insights on neonicotinoids - click here.
Moisture Control & Winter Feeding
For a slideshow of LCBA mentor Kevin Reichert's approach to winter moisture control in hives & dry feeding methods, click to visit our Mentors/Workshops/Classes --> Overwintering Bees page.
September 10, 2014:
Improving Fall/Winter Survivorship
Speaker: Dr. Dewey Caron, Affiliate Faculty at Oregon State University & Emeritus Professor of Entomology, U. Delaware
For highlights of Dewey's talk about what we can do in fall to help our bees survive winter, as well as data on 2013-14 winter colony losses from standard Langstroth, top bar & Warre hives, see a PDF of his slideshow - click here - & check our October newsletter. For photos & discussion points from LCBA's Sept 6 fall management workshop, click here.
August 13, 2014:
Why Bees Need Weeds: They're Medicinal!
Speaker: Franclyn Heinecke, WSBA Area 2 Representative
For highlights of Franclyn's talk & a summary of our business meeting, including our adoption of the memorandum of understanding with KiReeco, our Kenyan sister beekeepers' organization, see our September newsletter.
July 12, 2014:
Summer Potluck Meeting
June 11, 2014:
The 6 Misconceptions of Queen-Rearing
May 14, 2014:
Bees in the Garden & On the Farm:
Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides, Fungicides, & Herbicides; Native Cover Plants / Shrubs Beneficial for Bees; Avoiding Noxious / Invasive Plants
Speaker: Bill Wamsley, Lewis County Noxious Weed Control Board Coordinator
For a PDF of Bill's presentation, click here.
April 9, 2014:
Spring Management: Best Practices
Supering to Avoid Swarms; Making Splits; Using Bait Boxes to Attract Swarms; & Top Bar Hive Spring Management
See our May newsletter for a writeup of these talks. For Splits, click here to view a PDF of West Sound Beekeepers' excellent PowerPoint. For Hiving Package Bees, visit our or click here for a summary.
"Bee Team" Swarm & Colony Removals - 2013 Adventures & 2014 Opportunities to Help Save Bees: President Norm Switzler. Click here to view a slideshow.
March 12, 2014:
Topic: Zombie Fly Parasitism of Honey Bees Research from the University of Washington
Speakers: Dr. Evan Sugden and his undergraduate research team, Ashley Powell & Hannah Dayley, with special guest, insect photographer & bumblebee specialist Will Peterman
Our visiting researchers shared their work on how zombie flies are affecting honey bees in western Washington, as well as information about UW’s ongoing Nosema research. Will Peterman updated us on the rebound of the Western Bumblebee, nearly extinct on the west coast. For highlights, check out our April newsletter. To read about Dr. Sugden's popular UW course, "Science With Bees," see the Nov 2013 issue of Bee Culture or click here. To learn more about zombie flies, visit ZombeeWatch.org.
February 12, 2014:
Topic: Teaching Beekeeping in Kenya
Speaker: Wilma Sofranko
KiReeCo ~ the Kisii Rural Education & Empowerment Coalition ~ is LCBA's Sister Beekeeping Organization in Kenya. To visit their website, http://kireeco.wordpress.com/, click here. Founder Wilma Sofranko writes:
"On October 30-Nov 1 KiReeCo trained 58 Marani community members in beekeeping and honey production using Langstroth hives. A few have been using Kenyan top bar hives and many are beginning beekeepers. The three day training included bee anatomy, bee temperament, diseases and predators, forage plants, honey production, markets, honey health and nutrition, hive management, and more…."
For highlights of Wilma's talk, click here. Detailed coverage will be in our March 2014 newsletter.
January 8, 2014:
Yellowjacket Woes: Friend Or Foe?
To see highlights of retired Lower Columbia College Biology professor Carl Roush's presentation on the biology & behavior of yellow jackets / wasps / hornets, click here and view his slideshow; a detailed account of his talk will be in our February newsletter.
Business Meeting: Package bee news, raffle, beekeeping Q&A
December 11, 2013:
5th Annual Holiday Potluck
We had a great turnout for our 5th annual holiday potluck and raised funds for our 2014 pilot Youth Scholarship program, as well as donations for the Greater Chehalis Area Food Bank. Click here to see pictures!
November 13, 2013:
"More Than Honey"
About 90 beekeepers attended our showing of Mark Imhoof's 2013 film on the plight of honey bees worldwide. Highlights of film issues & our discussion are in our December Newsletter. To view the trailer, visit http://vimeo.com/45684169.
Colony Winter Assistance
October 9, 2013:
The "Brood-mapper" Citizen Science Project
September 11, 2013:
Fall Management Issues:
To see pictures from our Sept 14 fall management workshop in Randle, with a focus on assessing hives for over-wintering readiness, click here. (Packwood pictures will be coming soon!)
August 14, 2013:
Diagnosing & Treating Bee Diseases:
LCBA Vice President Dave Gaston reported on the Treatment -Free Beekeeping Conference. Read highlights in our September Newsletter: click here.
July 13, 2013:
We had a great time at our 5th (!) annual summer potluck at Rose of Sharon Farm. For photos and information about our fundraising initiative to support member Wilma Sofranko's beekeeper training initiative in Kenya, visit our Photo Gallery: click here.
June 12, 2013:
How to Judge Honey
For details of Olympia Beekeeper Bob Smith's talk on his experiences judging honey at the Thurston County Fair, as well as an overview of honey judging criteria, see our July Newsletter.
May 8, 2013:
BeeInformed Survey: Colony Losses & Possible Causes
Speaker, Dr. Dewey Caron
To view a PDF file of Dr.Caron's slideshow, click here. To visit BeeInformed's homepage, click here (complete URL: http://beeinformed.org). For highlights of our meeting, click here for our June newsletter.
April 10, 2013:
Hiving Package Bees & Other Spring Management Issues
See our May Newsletter for details.
March 13, 2013:
LCBA's Swarm & Colony Removal Project
LCBA President Norm Switzler spoke on our colony and swarm removal project. Click here to see his slideshow; to read his comments, see our April Newsletter. To see VP Dave Gaston's swarm trap box, click here and here.
February 13, 2013:
"Traditional Beekeeping in Kenya" & "Getting Started with Mason Bees"
Wilma Sofranko shared stories of how her NGO in Kisii, Kenya, is helping locals keep honey bees: to see her slideshow, click here. Kimo Thielges showed us a wide array of mason bee homes and explained how beekeepers can benefit from working with these "super pollinators": to learn more, visit our mason bee page. For details on both talks, see our March newsletter.
January 25, 2013:
“Enhancing Genetic Diversity in the U.S. Honey Bee Gene Pool” ~ Sue Cobey
WSU honey bee genetics expert Sue Cobey gave a STEM Rising Tide lecture at Centralia College. To view the slideshow of Sue's talk, click here.
January 19, 2013:
Top Bar Hives ~ the First Year's Adventure
LCBA VP Dave Gaston told the story of his first year using top bar hives. To see his slideshow, visit our photo gallery; for a key points from Dave's presentation, see our February newsletter. For Dave's colony record management form, click here. To register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, click here to download the form.
December 12, 2012:
Nov 14, 2012:
Highlights of the WSBA-WAS conference, "Sustainable Beekeeping"
See our December Newsletter to read about the conference theme, HopGuard research, Varroa management, and more.
Oct 10, 2012:
Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden
WSBA VP Charles Bennett & Darren Gordon of "House of Bees" explained how to garden with bees in mind. To see Charles's slideshow, click here; for details, see our November newsletter; for more resources, visit our Planting for Bees page.
Sept 12, 2012:
Identifying & Treating for Tracheal Mites
Renzy Davenport (now VP of Olympia Beekeepers) gave an overview of identification and treatment. For details, see our October Newsletter; for testing forms and directions, visit our Resources/Links page.
August 8, 2012:
LCBA President Norm Switzler, VP Dave Gaston, member Ted Saari, and Treasurer Jon Wade shared what they learned at the Silverdale / West Sound Beekeepers course. For details, see our September newsletter.
July 11, 2012:
4th Annual LCBA Summer Potluck
Above: Above, full house for our April 10, 2013 meeting on spring management issues.
Above, queen bee & her retinue (BeeInformed Partnership); below, Rev. Alan Woods
Below, LCBA Community Outreach Coordinator hiving a nuc (photo, Tracy Chilleli): Bill & Peggy Hammer spoke on what to expect as a first year beekeeper at LCBA's March 9 meeting.
Above, January 12 speaker LCBA mentor Gottfried Fritz,pictured here with his mentee, 2016 Youth Scholar Josiah Cowin, inspecting some of Gottfried's colonies.
Above, LCBA members at our 8th Annual Holiday Potluck on December 8th.
Above, Dr. Danny Najera was LCBA's Nov 10 speaker, unfolding the mysteries of the waggle dance.
Above, viewing cameras in infrared light shows where the clusters are (photo, Rick Battin)
Moisture Control Boxes & Candy Boards were featured at our September 8 meeting.
Above, Dr. Dewey Caron spoke at our Aug 11 meeting.Above, President Kevin Reichert, aided by Michaela Phillips, ran the drawing at LCBA's 8th Annual Summer Potluck & fundraiser for our 2017 Youth Scholarship program.
Above, Honey in comb ("Honigwabe") by Waugsberg –Own Work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Above, hiving package bees was a focus at our March & April meetings.
Above, LCBA Mentor Gottfried Fritz, our Feb 11 2016 speaker, shares fresh raw honey with a young visitor to LCBA's booth at the Spring Youth Fair, May 2015.
Above, Steve Howard displayed his cedar top bar hive & explained how he built it at our January 14 meeting. Below, LCBA members at our 2015 Holiday Potluck:
Below, “Honeybee exposing her Nasonov gland to release an orienting pheromone,” by Mistressbeek (License: public domain)
Above, hard sugar candy is placed on top of frames with moisture control board above.
Above, LCBA members at July 2015 summer potluck at Lintott Alexander Park.
Below, blackberry honey, Onalaska, WA, 2011:
Below, how sweet would it be to capture a swarm like this one, hived at LCBA's May 30, 2015 workshop?
Above, honey bee swarm hived at May 30 workshop.
Above, LCBA volunteers found the bees of the western Kenyan highlands to be surprisingly gentle.
Above, Male red mason bee (Osmia bicornis), by Sandy, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (license: CC BY 2.0). For highlights of Tim Weible's very informative talk on mason bees at our January 14 monthly meeting, see our February newsletter.
Below, our 6th Annual LCBA Holiday Potluck. For highlights, visit our Photo Gallery.
Above, the Gregas with the candyboard they won at our Youth Scholarship fundraising drawing.
Below, hard candy for feeding over-wintering bees (photo, Jeanne Reichert). For highlights, see our December Newsletter...
Below, Dr. Dewey Caron, our Sept 10 speaker (photo, BeeInformed):
Above, LCBA members at our July potluck meeting ~ see our Photo Gallery for more pictures. . . .
Above, "Apis mellifera (Bee) approaching by flying a Dandelion," by Guerin Nicolas, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Below, bait hives for swarm captures were featured at our April 9 meeting:
Above, honey bee killed by zombie fly parasitism (image, OregonLive.com.) For notes from our March 12 presentation on Zombie Fly Parasitism of Honey Bees by the University of Washington's research team, read our April newsletter.
Above, Agnes Ngare poses with the Langstroth supers she built as a beginning beekeeping student at KiReeCo.
Above (2nd from left), yellow jacket & wasp expert Carl Roush, our January 8 speaker, with LCBA members, taking questions after his talk.
Above, photo from Mark Imhoof's More Than Honey trailer.
Above, foundationless hive frame shows impressive comb building after just one week (photo, Mike Helms).
Below, wildflower & clover honey at LCBA table, 2012 Gardening for Everyone, LC Master Gardeners.
Above, LCBA's founding president Bob Harris hiving package bees; below, LCBA members pinning comb into frames at a 2013 colony removal:
Below, WSU honey bee geneticist Sue Cobey teaches "Art of Queen Rearing" (photo, Kathy Keatley Garvey).
Above, top bar hive put to bed for the winter: photo courtesy of LCBA VP Dave Gaston.
Below, bee on flowering plum tree blossom:
Below, President Norm examines colony disposition at Silverdale Queen Rearing workshop (photo, Jon Wade)
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