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If you have little or no experience, the 'Getting Started with Bees' Certificate Program is a great place to start. It is a stand-alone program that satisfies the curiosity of those who want to know more about bee biology and backyard beekeeping through online learning and discussion forums. No waiting list - join at any time!

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Are you interested in learning how to become a better beekeeper? Have you experienced problems in the past that you'd like to remedy? Do you want to help others learn about bees? The Oregon Master Beekeeper program is for you!

Participating beekeepers gain experience at three successive levels: ApprenticeJourney, and Master. Each level provides opportunities and support for additional learning, practice in the field, and community service.

All of our beekeeping programs represent a cooperative effort between the Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping.


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June in your Central Oregon Apiary

Oooh, it’s finally warming up a bit.  Some smoke with the controlled burns, but pretty short term and not too bad.  We’ve decided to roll the dice and get our tomatoes with the expectation that it PROBABLY won’t freeze again.

REMEMBER swarm season is still ongoing.  Reports are that there are many more swarms than last year and most of these swarms are coming from people’s hives.   If you want to mitigate your colony swarming, you’ll want to continue being alert and proactive.  Even if you’re not particularly concerned about your colony swarming, please consider your neighbors and consider a split, requeening, supering or queen caging to mitigate a swarm.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed a rapid and healthy buildup, and perhaps even a surplus of honey so far.  Particularly if your colony is in a rural area, June can be a frustrating time as we frequently see a dearth between the early flowers and trees, and the midsummer ones.  If your colony is just starting and struggling, especially if you’re seeing eggs but very few older larvae and pupae or even if it’s established and you just want to help them avoid using stores, consider continuing/starting feeding syrup.  You obviously won’t want to do this with supers on, and if fact if they’re struggling you should consider temporarily removing the super.  It’s relatively cheap insurance to keep your colony on the upward curve.

If you’ve been assuming your mite levels are low because you haven’t been seeing any, or are now seeing signs of mites (spotty brood, deformed wing virus, Bee Paralysis virus, hairless mite syndrome, mites on adult bees or drone pupae), you’ll want to seriously consider mite control.  A mite count, either sugar roll or alcohol wash to establish a baseline, treat, and even more important a post treatment count to ensure the treatment worked.  Right now, your treatment options will be limited by having capped brood, temperatures and whether you are or will be supering.  Please remember the “MITES DON’T TAKE A VACATION.”

Finaly, take some time and enjoy this wonderful environment we live in as the summer season starts and progresses.

Happy Beekeeping,

Allen Engle

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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.


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.

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