Washington State Beekeepers' Association (WSBA)
This state-wide organization helps fund honey bee research at WSU, organizes annual conferences to bring the latest information on best practices and research to beekeepers, and posts many helpful links, such as their PDF on hive beetles, CCD updates, and more. To visit WSBA's homepage, click here. LCBA is a member of WSBA. Complete URL for WSBA: www.wasba.org. LCBA is an associate member of WSBA: our dues help fund honey bee research at WSU and support WSBA's advocacy for honey bees with our state government. If you'd like to join WSBA as an individual member to help, click here for their PDF membership form.
The APIS Molecular Systematics Laboratory at Washington State University - Pullman
Scientists at APIS are researching a wide range of projects - from breaking through the honey bee genetics bottleneck, to analyzing sub-lethal effects of chemical residues in hives, to investigating whether indoor over-wintering can help bees survive, and more. To visit the APIS website, click here. Complete URL: http://apis.wsu.edu/ For the APIS diagnostic test sample form, click here.
APIS partners with WSBA to sponsor "Bee Field Days" every other year; beekeepers from all over Washington are invited to WSU's Pullman campus to participate in workshops on hive inspection, identifying bee diseases, learning how testing is done is APIS's laboratory, and more.
"Colony Collapse Disorder
& the WSU Honey Bee Genome Repository"
To hear Steve Sheppard and Sue Cobey discuss how their work to diversify the honey bee gene pool in the U.S. can help resolve bee die-offs, click here.
Western Apiculture Association (WAS)
WAS serves both commercial and hobbyist beekeepers throughout the western United States and sponsors very informative conferences, sometimes in partnership with WSBA, as well as a monthly journal. To visit their homepage, click here. Complete URL: http://ucanr.org/sites/was2/. For an invitation from WAS Secretary Betty Farber about joining WAS and serving as a delegate or local beekeeping association reference, click here. For WAS's 2013 membership form, click here.
Bee Culture is a treasure trove of information for beekeepers, whether hobbyists or commercial. The magazine features many accessibly written accounts of the latest best practices in beekeeping. Visit their website at http://www.beeculture.com/. LCBA members can get discounted subscriptions; download this form to get started.
American Bee Journal
Founded in 1861, ABJ is one of the best sources for the latest in beekeeping practices and research. You can read it online here. Complete URL: http://www.americanbeejournal.com/. LCBA members can get discounted subscriptions; download this form to get started.
As their website states, the BeeInformed Partnership "uses beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems. BeeInformed emphasizes the latest research and has up to date information on bee losses. To visit their homepage, click here. Complete URL: http://beeinformed.org/
Biologist Randy Oliver is known to many beekeepers for his accessible discussions of research on honey bees appearing in Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. His website is a terrific resource: to visit, click here. Complete URL: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/
BeeSource.com is an online community of beekeepers around the world. You can register and post questions to their forum. Their emphasis is how-to, pragmatic solutions to beekeeping problems. To visit their homepage, click here. Complete URL: http://www.beesource.com/
Glenn Apiaries’ comprehensive Bee News page A fascinating compilation of articles on bees, all with clickable links. Pretty much any topic you can imagine you’ll find archived here: http://www.glenn apiaries.com/honey_bee_beekeeping_news.html.
The Xerces Society
It's easy to forget that honey bees are not native to the Americas: the Xerces Society focuses on informing the public about challenges facing our native pollinators. To visit their website, click here. Complete URL: http://www.xerces.org/
The National Honey Board
A great source of information about honey benefits & nutrition, production, labeling regulations - and honey recipes. To visit their website, click here. Complete URL: http://www.honey.com/
Haagen-Dazs "Help the Honey Bee" site
Haagen-Dazs has concocted a special flavor and donates proceeds to help honey bees. Their site gives a very good introduction for children to the challenges facing honey bees today. To check out their resources & interactive games, click here. Complete URL: http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/
The beautiful hilltop apiary of WSU's APIS Molecular Systems Laboratory, where beekeepers from WSBA gather for workshops every other year in June. Below, a larva at Sue Cobey's Queen Breeding workshop, WSU-WASBA Field Days, 2011.
Above, Dr. Steve Sheppard of WSU/APIS teaching a hive inspection workshop at June 2011 Bee Field Days.