Central Oregon




The Mission of the Central Oregon Beekeeping Association (COBKA) is to promote effective, economic and successful regional beekeeping through education, collaboration, communication and research in the spirit of friendship.

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of most months at the Bend Environmental Center. 

Volunteer to bring snacks for one of our monthly meetings

Upcoming events

22 Jan 2019 6:00 PM • Bend Environmental Center
26 Feb 2019 6:00 PM • Bend Environmental Center
26 Mar 2019 6:00 PM • Bend Environmental Center
23 Apr 2019 6:00 PM • Bend Environmental Center

In the 


Aaaah, snuggle down under that fuzzy throw blanket with some hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.

You’ve spent the last month or two preparing for winter and all your hives are put away as you think fit.  It’s the time I like to think about the last year and contemplate the next.

What went right, what went wrong and why:  mite levels throughout the year, mite treatments, the hive that was successfully split, queen choices, the nucs you bought, the stupid queen that disappeared, the starvation, the frustrating hive that absconded, the hive that produced like gangbusters, the one that just barely eked by and the one that always does well no matter what you do……and those @#$$% yellowjackets.

What do I want to do differently next year?  A more holistic approach to beekeeping, new or different mite treatment or method or timing, different queen management, more or fewer hives, raise and sell queens or nucs, move hives from lower performing (or higher mite) areas to better locations, new equipment to try (dangerous to the pocketbook)?  As with most everything in beekeeping, there are very few single right answers although there are some that are wrong.

This is also the time I usually like to continue and finish up my holiday crafts and then maybe actually read one of those beekeeping related books I've bought that is sitting on the shelf. Or do some internet research (sometimes with several grains of salt of filtering). We always encourage members to check out the HBHC Tools For Varroa Management guide for comprehensive info. 

Wishing you & your bees a happy & healthy holiday season!

A big Thanks to Allen Engle for writing this month's notes!

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We are a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honey bee and its workings. Our members range from full-time beekeepers and pollinators with hundreds of hives to hobbyists involved in backyard beekeeping. 

Some members do not even keep bees, but are fascinated by the six legs and four wings of Apis mellifera.

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