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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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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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February in your Central Oregon Apiary

Although it’s still winter, we’ve had some nice warm sunny days.  The bees have been seen out doing cleansing flights (“aaaaahhhhh what a relief”, they say).  I like to look for the first hints of pale white pollen coming in, maybe from snowdrops?

Changing from the cheery, heartwarming background music to the ominous background music.

STARVATION!  Right around now, some of the colonies will be fooled by the warmer periods with sunny days and start raising brood.  There’s very little if any food coming in so they really start using up the stores.  Light colonies have a very good chance of using them all up and starving.  If your colony is light (weight or visually) strongly consider emergency feeding.  Until the daytime temps are consistently above 50 degrees, syrup isn’t so good, but fondant, sugar cakes, dampened granulated sugar on newspaper atop the frames or Socker mats between the frames are good alternatives.  As bees can’t very well chew dry sugar, it needs to be either next to the cluster or on top of the frames to gather exhaled humidity and create a syrup coating that the bees can consume.  Some of us will do emergency feeding prophylactically on all hives this month as cheap insurance.

If you’ve not had time yet for a winter mite treatment, you’ll probably still have time this month, although it won’t be quite as effective as the brood level starts rising later in the month.   Oxalic Acid is the usual treatment this time of year.  See the Tools for Varroa Management for specifics.

With respect to our “cuddly little friends,” mice.  If you have a dead out, check for mice (clean them out now to avoid further damage to the hive, then close the hive up against further mice or robbing). 

If you have new equipment that needs putting together, or old equipment that need refurbishment, this month might be a quieter time to get it done.

Enjoy your winter. 

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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