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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 event. We look forward to meeting new people interested in bees and beekeeping.

About Us
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 beekeepers
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. Check for more details of the beginning class on our News and events page . 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 knowledge. Also, check out the frequently asked questions page.

Swarm List

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.

Swarm List for Kitsap County

Latest information

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 ...

Membership Information

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.

Membership Form

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.

See details here.

Mission Statement

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.

Assist its members and others interested in bees with their beekeeping problems.
Provide those interested in bees an opportunity to meet and discuss their problems.
Cooperate with the Washington State University Extension Service, other Universities, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and the Washington State Beekeepers Association to disseminate the latest beekeeping information.

(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

Last Revised: October 15, 2017