It’s been a hard autumn this year. A long, but not particularly difficult recovery from back surgery last fall kept me at mostly three quarters speed during spring and summer, which isn’t a bad thing…when you get tired nobody complains when you want to sit and have a cool one for a bit. They take [...]
As the days grow cooler, the flowers are slowly disappearing from the landscape along with the pollen sources.
Feeding a dry pollen at this time gives the bees a little buffer going into winter. Right now I am open feeding Mega Bee and Latshaw’s Bag o’Bee Food. As you can see [...]
This year I have a new type of bee hive…Bee Box! It is a high density polystyrene unit. Modern Beekeeping USA was my supplier. I purchased the units at HAS and EAS this year. The assembly and painting were easy with the help of my husband, Chuck.
I am using [...]
by Peggy Garnes
A member of the Medina County Beekeepers had a booming top bar hive that needed to be split before winter and called with an offer to split with a bar exchange…what a deal.
I drove the hour to his house and spent about the same amount of [...]
About 60 yards or so from my house runs one of the many small creeks Ohio seems to have. I live just north of the divide that separates where creeks drain into…Lake Erie to the north, or the Ohio River to the south and east. This creek has a particularly interesting history – well, interesting [...]
From the EPA:
WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is [...]
In The Honey Connoisseur, the book that Marina Marchese and I just finished, we examine 34 popular, and in our opinion excellent varietal honeys, along with the plants the initial nectar is gathered from. We look at where the plants grow, a bit about their botany, issues with their lifestyle, and especially we [...]
MILES TO GO – PROGRAM Keeping Them Alive, Getting Them There and Back A two day conference on every aspect of Migratory Beekeeping
If you move bees for a living, are going to or are thinking about it, you will not find the information, demonstrations and discussions offered at this gathering at any meeting, [...]
I got to go to the HAS (Heartland Apicultural Society) meeting this past weekend in TN. Like all meetings headed up strictly by volunteers there were some logistical bumps with directions, signs, AV technology…but nothing so serious that smart beekeepers couldn’t figure out. And the over 400 attendees hardly noticed.
The strength of this HAS [...]
by Dewey M. Caron
In a suburban shopping mall in Wilsonville, OR, south of Portland, a massive loss of bumble bees has been attributed to use of the neonictinoid pesticide Safari. It is an unusual pesticide poisoning incident highlighting that suburban locations, not merely agricultural fields, can sometimes be hazardous to foraging [...]
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