Skagit Valley Beekeepers Association

Brad Raspet, President

Elizabeth Pheonix-Agin, Vice President

Rob Johnson, Treasurer

Susan DeLawter, Secretary

Natalie Dougliss, Newsletter

Scott Rhodes, Board

Alvin Forar, Board

Seth Smith, Board
Happy March everyone!

Due to the Burlington Library still being closed, our next meeting will be held Thursday, March 11th at 7 pm on the Zoom Meeting app. Brad will email everyone the link with instructions.

March Newsletter

Registering Hives

Registering your hives is required for all beekeepers, commercial or backyard. Registering your hives is a great way to protect your assets. The cost is based on how many hives you project to have, and registration is due April 1. 
I've provided a link below for more information.
Bee Activity 

The long winter months are now put behind us, and we can finally look to springtime in the next few weeks/month. Despite what the weather might be doing outside, the beehive is growing in exponential rates. The queen is now laying her eggs, and worker bees are trying to find pollen and nectar to sustain those new emerging bees. You should see your bees on nicer days fly around carrying pollen. However, its important to remember that although visually seeing them carry in pollen is not the same as nectar. Your beehive can be packed with pollen, and they will still die if they lack nectar. Every beekeeper should check their beehives' honey stores. If they are low, feed them sugar water. You can feed them 2:1 for springtime. 
Don't underestimate feeding. You beehive could either flourish right now, or starve. The worker bees have lots of new mouths to feed, and their winter stores can be gone in no time. 

Time to Treat

It's also that time of year again to begin thinking and planning with what types of mite treatment you would like to pursue. How healthy are your beehives? If they look like they've taken a hard hit over the winter from mites, you might want to consider applying a heavier solution of mite control. Regardless of how healthy your hives look however, mites are still present. Since the queen is starting to increase her egg laying, the varroa mite will also be increasing. Treating while there is not much brood is highly recommended. Treating with oxalic acid has proven to be a solution in slowing the spread of mites. You can do this by applying the recommended dosage in the early spring and applying three weeks in a row, a week apart. I have attached a youtube video which describes different methods you could approach to treat in the next upcoming month.
Nucs & Packages 
Many of you will be receiving a nuc or a package of bees this month/next month. Just a few things to remember while installing new bees into their new homes:
1. If you are getting a nuc, remember to keep the frames in order as they came. This ensures the bees will still be in their cluster.
2. If you are getting a new queen, remember to check on her a few days after you install her. Just make sure she got out of her cage okay, and that she isn't dead inside her cage. 
3. You should be seeing be activity on warmer days. If you see a lot, that is normal. When bees are introduced into a new place, they have to take orientation flights to know where they are and map out routes to go. It's normal to see a lot out flying out and about.
Journeyman Classes
We have the exciting news to announce that SnoKing Beekeepers is hosting a Journeyman class for anyone who is interested. They are holding their first meeting on March 22nd online. This class is intended for beekeepers who have kept bees for three or more years and who have completed the apprentice course. For more information you can contact Eli Ocheltree, (360-859-7392). 
2021 Dues  
This is just a friendly reminder that for those who would like to continue their membership with Skagit Valley Beekeepers, the annual fee of $12 is due. Please send checks/cash to the following address: