Our first Beekeeping 101 class for March 31 has filled up, so we decided to open another Beekeeping 101 class on Sunday, April 7. This April 7 class will cover the exact same content than the class on March 31.
If you are starting beekeeping in 2019 we recommend you to take a class first.
Since most classes in the area are already fully booked, we will try to continue opening new Beekeeping 101 classes at BeeManiacs, trying to cover the needs of all new beekeepers in the area.
You can start ordering bees for your 2019 season right now.
You can find information about packages, nucs and starter hives on each product page, including the current estimated pick up date.
If you order early, you can save. For example, the price for our high-quality packages from Olivarez Honey Bees is $150, but we will start with early purchase discounts. The first batch will sell for $130 and price will increase as we run out of bees on sale.
Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) is organizing a conference for those interested in bees and beekeeping. Topics include scientific and informational presentations for commercial and hobbyist beekeepers. The keynote, which is free and open to the public, will feature Sarah Red-Laird, whose non-profit “The Bee Girl Organization” (https://www.beegirl.org/) promotes honey bees and honey bee habitat. The conference will be held February 9, 2019 at Eastern Washington University, Hargreaves Hall, 526 5th St., Cheney. Cost for WASBA members is $10; cost for non-members is $35.
The keynote address (11am-noon) is free and open to the public. Event participants are invited to mingle and enjoy mead and honey-themed hors d’oeuvres at local venue The Mason Jar, 101 F St., Cheney, WA, immediately following the conference.
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our food. Bee Girl projects are focused on regenerative beekeeping, bee habitat research and education, and kids’ programs. Ms. Red-Laird is a graduate of the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Beekeeping Federation. She is currently president- elect of the Western Apicultural Society.
Conference Speakers and Topics: Conference participants can choose from sessions in two tracks, one for scientific topics, the other for topics of general interest. Researchers from Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the University of Montana will present on topics including bee feeding and bee gut health, tracking disease and pest management with a cell phone app, and controlling varroa mites. Other topics include mead making (presented by BeeManiacs staff), integrated pest management, and improving bee habitat through plant choices.
For more information: Contact Jenifer Priest – firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-270-2603
BeeManiacs staff volunteers teaching classes and presenting about beekeeping in several bee clubs and conferences, but year after year, we hear the same feedback:
There are not enough beginner bee classes available and some people have to start a beekeeping season without any class support. By the end of March, there are no more bee classes available and people that have already ordered live bees find themselves without training options.
Some people requested classes in a different schedule than the ones offered by local clubs.
We decided to offer for the first time, our own beginner beekeeping class: BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 – Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
This class will cover everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping.
Different hive styles
Parts of the hive.
Beekeeping equipment options
Basic honey bee biology – bee races
Installing your bees
Cost is $50 per person enrolled. Students that are 17 or younger can pay 50% of class fees (minors have to be accompanied by a paying adult).
Students that join this class will have priority and free access to shorter courses (regular fee is $5 per course) and to hands-on field days through the beekeeping season (about 6 hands-on field days during the season).
We have limited seats and you can book your ticket right now on this page:
It’s that time of the year when most beekeepers in the Inland Northwest finished checking their hives, treating for mites, and feeding when needed.
There’s no much beekeeping activity left, so we usually close our store for the season.
The BeeManiacs online store remains open 24/7/365 though. If you need any beekeeping material, you can place an order online and we will ship it to you or you can still select “pick up at the store” and we will schedule an appointment for you to pick up your order.
If you rather buy items at the store in person, we can open by appointment. Just send us an email to email@example.com and we will schedule your visit.
We will open again for regular hours of Friday, February 15, 2019.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout is conducting research on Ss1 bacterium in honey bees and varroa mites. The goal of this effort is to recruit beekeepers in all 50 US states that will provide samples of analysis of Ss1 bacterium. The name of the program is Initiative for Nationwide Detection of Ss1 (INDES).
BeeManiacs collected dead mite samples following UW-Stout protocols and mailed the samples last March, contributing information from Eastern Washington State.
UW-Stout studies led to the discovery and reporting in 2016 of Serratia marcescens strain sicaria (Ss1) bacterium, a potential new threat to hives. Much of the work has been done by students at UW-Stout lab.
The goal of the INDES effort is to obtain samples of Varroadestructor mites and honey bees that will allow to better identify locations where the Ss1 bacterium is found. A clearer understanding of the bacterium’s location will provide more information about its potential impact on bee health.
You can see below some pictures of our mite collection for this program and also some links for more information about Ss1 bacterium.