Welcome to the West
Sound Beekeepers Association (WSBA) homepage!
We hope you find it informative about our organization
and of use to you if you are interested in beekeeping.
If you have any questions about our organization or
our activities please send us email
, contact one of the officers, or
show up at a scheduled meeting or
We look forward to meeting new people interested in bees and beekeeping.
We are one of about 2 dozen local beekeeping associations distributed around
Washington State. Our association focuses on training new beekeepers and developing
skills beyond the beginner level. We hold our monthly meetings at Stedmans Bee Supply
in Silverdale Wa which makes it very convenient for members that need to purchase new
beekeeping supplies. We maintain a lending library of beekeeping books. We also maintain an
apiary to support the many hands on beekeeping classes necessary to support our training efforts.
For potential beginner beekepers
Most new beekeepers start with our Beginning Beekeeping class in the spring which follows the
State Master Beekeeping Curriculum, followed by one or two hands on beginner sessions. These are well
timed for new beekeepers getting bees in the spring. Then depending mostly upon the time they
have available, they will follow up with the northwest beekeeping class and queen rearing in the northwest
class either the same year or in the next two years. We encourage new beekeepers to take all the
classes they have time and money for especially in the first few years. Your bees will greatly benefit
from your knowlege. Also, check out the frequently asked questions page.
If you have a swarm of Honeybees that just landed in your tree and is swirling around in the air,
Please go here to find a beekeeper to come and get them.
Many of our association events are planned ahead of time and posted on our News and Events page.
Some events are identified early enough to get into the monthly newsletter. For sudden events
that we do not have a lot of advance notice of and for last minute changes, we post to the Yahoo group
and/or the facebook page. Sometimes it is best to contact officers if you need the latest on ...
We are offering a 1 Day Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course in 2016. Space is limited and we expect to fill up early. Registration forms are available below.
We will not be offering the Queen rearing Class in 2016. More details along with any updates or new anouncements will be on the News and events page.
If you would like to become a member and join in the fun and adventures in beekeeping, Here is the form to join our association. Also, try to talk a neighbor into attending with you.
Meetings and Classses
We have monthly general membership meetings. We provide classes for beginning beekeepers and more advanced beekeepers including some that are lecture only and others that are Hands-on taught in the association apiary. . See the News and events page for more details of each.
The purposes of WSBA are to assist its members, other
members in the community interested in bees, and the
public at large with a continuing education in the art
and science of beekeeping.
(Lest you think we only
discuss problems rest assured that we revel
greatly in the many joys of beekeeping and
swap tall honey tales like fishermen swap
big fish tales)
For folks in our local
Kitsap County area...
Our association members contain a wealth of information
about beekeeping and bees. Each meeting we get together
and stir the information around a bit. If you are interested,
please stop and listen in on a meeting.
If you would like to join our assoctiation, please print this form
and send in a check with the form filled out...or you can bring the form
along with cash or a check to any meeting. Membership Form.
This is also the form to renew your membership.
If you are new to beekeeping and have some questions,
contact one of our members listed on the Mentor
list. Or if you are considering becoming a beekeeper, give them a call.
For folks outside our area...
We are located on the west side of Puget Sound (Kitsap
County) Washington, USA about an hour's ferry ride from
Seattle, WA. The elevation is mostly less than 500 feet
but the majestic Olympic Mountains are a mere 30 minutes
drive from the north end of Kitsap County. Our major towns are
Bremerton, Port Orchard, Silverdale, Poulsbo, and Kingston. Evergreens
dominate the landscape with deciduous trees like Maple
and Alder interspersed in good numbers.
The primary local honey flows are the Big
Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) flow
from about mid-April to late May and the
Blackberry (Rubus discolor) flow from
about mid-June to mid-July. Many beekeepers
take their colonies to the Cascades or the Olympics
for the Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) flows
from the end of July to about the first week of September. The
early spring maple flow is supplemented by Huckleberry,
Dandelion, Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) and various wildflowers.
In the autumn the girls top up with Dandelion, Japanese Knotweed
(Polygonum cuspidatum), Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis
margaritacea), and other wildflowers.
In the West Sound area the climate is moderate enough
that for any day that it's warm enough for the bees
to fly (even in December) the foragers will find and
bring back pollen.
Winters are wet but not severely cold.
Springs are wet, summers and falls are also
wet but relatively dry compared to winter
and spring. Winter usually provides one
snowperson worthy snowfall a year, and only a couple
of weeks of 90-degree (32 C) days in the summer. Did
we mention the rain, it's not the volume, just the duration
that makes it seem like a lot of rain. It makes the
first few, warm spring days very welcome for both the
bees and the beekeepers every year.
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3763 NW Anderson Hill Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
Revised: February 16, 2016