ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The situation on the Coronavirus and its spread in Washington has been dynamic in the last weeks and since our publication of the last newsletter. We had hoped to continue our education program and meetings without interruption but we are going to have to go "virtual"!
Governor Inslee has banned public meetings of over 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce county. Instruction for group meetings under 250 have guidance for health, sanitation, at-risk members and "social distancing" of 6 feet.
For now, we are cancelling the general meeting planned for March 2020 and will continue to monitor events as they emerge and make decisions going forward.
The second and third sessions (3/14 & 3/21) of the Beginner Beekeeping course will also be postponed. Please be patient while we work to reschedule/restructure the course in light of current events. We will continue to communicate with and support you going forward through the website and newsletters. You can also join our Facebook page for support from other members.
Welcome to the West Sound Beekeepers Association (WSBA) homepage!
We hope you find our website informative about our organization and useful if you are interested in beekeeping. If you have any questions about our organization or our activities please email us, 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.
The WSBA is one of about two 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 Jackson Scout Hall, 9161 Washington Ave NW, in Silverdale, WA; and our WSBA teaching apiary is located behind the Stedman's Bee Supply buildings located at 3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd in Silverdale. This apiary is managed through volunteer effort to support the many hands-on beekeeping classes and training efforts. The Association also maintains a lending library of beekeeping books, videos, magazines, and equipment available to current members.
For potential beginner beekeepers:
Many new beekeepers begin in the spring with our Beginning Beekeeping Course, earning certification with the Washington State Beekeeping Association; and with experience the student can progress through the WASBA Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Beekeeping Curriculum. Learning is combined with hands-on sessions in the WSBA Apiary. The beginning course is timed for new beekeepers to prepare for starting hives in April. Throughout the season WSBA members can volunteer in the Apiary to gain experience and attend Saturday morning tutorials. "Northwest Beekeeping" and "Queen Rearing" are held in alternate years. We encourage new beekeepers to take all the classes they can, especially in the first few years. Your bees will greatly benefit from your increasing knowledge. Also, check out the frequently asked questions page.
Have a Swarm?
Our beekeepers are here to help!
Click below to see our Swarm List and the
locations they serve.
Additional membership in the Washington State Beekeepers Association is required for Journeyman or Master level certification.
West Sound Beekeepers Association wants to thank Stedman's Bee Supplies in Silverdale for hosting our club. We conduct some of our educational events in their salesroom, and our teaching apiary is located behind their buildings.
Please join our club in supporting their long commitment to bees and beekeeping.
Stedman's Bee Supplies
Supplying to beekeepers for over 50 years
3763 NW Anderson Hill Rd
Silverdale, WA 98383