Hello Whatcom County Beekeepers, New-bees, Wanna-bees,

Here’s a list of local beekeeping resources, including DIY bee book suggestions.  If you know of other beekeeping resources that aren’t listed here, please contact me.

ONLINE BEE-TALK:  The Facebook group, Whatcom Beekeeping and also the mtbakerbees online forum are good places to ask questions, find out about local meetings and bee events, and just check up on what beekeepers are talking about in Whatcom County.  Join us!

BOOKS: It’s important to have a basic “how-to-do-it” beekeeping book. There are many out there, but I have always liked Diana Sammataro’s “The Beekeeper’s Handbook.” There are several copies in the Whatcom County/Bellingham library system.

However, I’ve just found an even better one, “The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping, 2nd Edition.”  BBKA?  That’s The British Beekeepers Association.  Highly recommended !!!

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Library System has a great collection of beekeeping books, so check there to browse before buying.  Of course, there’s a lot of information on the internet, but it’s very hard for a new beekeeper to sift the good stuff out from the questionable.

Janet Wilson, Tsawwassen BC, has written a comprehensive ONLINE resource for local beekeepers, those of us living on or near The Salish Sea: Lower Mainland BC, Whatcom County, Skagit County, etc. It’s a complete beekeeping course for bee-ginners with loads of local focus and insightful links.  You can browse through it here:  Begin at the Beeginning

BEE CLUB:  Check out the Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association (MBBA) website for lots of useful information, links and notices.  MBBA meets every third Wednesday of the month.  Monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in beekeeping though you’re encouraged to join.

Bee Bits,” MBBA’s colorful monthly newsletter, is available free by subscription to anyone interested:  beebits@mtbakerbeekeepers.org

CLASSES:   Successful Beekeeping in Whatcom County” Taught by Michael Jaross, this is a comprehensive course for new and newer beekeepers. The 8-week series starts March 3, 2020.  Tuesday Evenings:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.    Tuition: $225  Location: Chuckanut Center.

We will cover Basic Beekeeping Essentials and Keeping Your Bees Alive, Healthy and Productive Today in Whatcom County, a unique and challenging place to keep bees.  Includes essential beekeeping biology, hive management and equipment basics.  Essential for every new beekeeper in Whatcom County.  Full course description here:  whatcombeehelp.com/classes-workshops

Online Course!  Janet Wilson’s peerless “Begin at the Beeginning” course is an essential tool for all beekeepers in Whatcom County and nearby areas.

EQUIPMENT:  There are many good online suppliers.  Two of the largest are Mann Lake and Dadant.  It can be very instructive to look through bee supply catalogs just to see what beekeeping tools and equipment look like.  Both these suppliers have large online catalogs and they will gleefully send you their paper catalogs, too.

LOCAL QUEENS and EQUIPMENT:  Russell Deptuch at Bees Choice Honey in Ferndale offers local, high quality queens reared at his own apiary.  Check with him also for occasional super-deals on new and used beekeeping equipment.     (360) 815-3989   russ@beeschoice.com

PRIVATE CONSULTING:  My own consulting service for hobby beekeepers, Whatcom Bee Help, offers custom assistance and individualized instruction at your own hives.  I can help you with Getting Started, Hive Inspections, Vacation Care for Your Hives and many other apiary services.  Keep your bees alive and productive with Whatcom Bee Help.

Cheers, Michael

Michael Jaross
Whatcom Bee Help