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60,000 bees, Turner said: “That’s typical in a strong hive.”
The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association (PSBA) formed in 1948 in Wallingford to promote beekeeping, protect honeybees, educate beekeepers, encourage good bee-management practices and allow strong public relations between beekeepers and the public.
The PSBA also provides services such as removing honeybee swarms free of charge and beekeeping classes and education.
“Bees are increasingly threatened by new diseases and problems, and yet, our food supply demands healthy and active pollinators,” said Jessica Dally, trustee of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association (PSBA), regarding the recent population decrease of bees.
Pesticides are a primary foe of bee vitality.
“Many pesticides are indiscriminate and can harm both the intended pests and the pollinators, which we need for our flowers and food.”
Dally said people who want to use pesticides should follow directions on the label regarding application times and amounts.
Based on Washington state apiarist registrations, there are approximately 81 beekeepers in Seattle, according to Dally. Counting the surrounding areas, the number of registered beekeepers grows to 141.
However, these numbers are likely understated, Dally said, since not all beekeepers register their hives as required by law.
The PSBA has approximately 180 members.
Wallingford, no doubt, is a hub for beekeepers. The community boasts beekeeping meet-ups and Wallingford-produced honey. In November 2012, WallingfordWorks, a food bank and family resource center, procured more than $50 from Wallingford-produced honey.
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