Agriculture, Event, Washington County

Bee school offered by county group

Bees are becoming more active as temperatures begin warming to 50 degrees and above, and the Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association is inviting the public to attend its annual Bee School short course.

Late February is the beginning of active bee season in western Washington County and the Tualatin Valley, and this is the perfect time of year for people curious about honeybees and other pollinators to get engaged in beekeeping and observation.

Bees look for flower nectar to consume carbohydrates and for pollen to use as protein to raise baby bees.

Swarm season runs from March through May in the region. “Bivouac balls,” which are a group of bees temporarily massed together while resting on a surface, may be seen in some locations, as well as swarms of thousands of honey bees on the move. The phenomenon occurs when they run out of room in their colony and half of . . .

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