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First Hive Inspection 2021

I get a package every year to stay in tune with my students. This year, I installed a 3 pound package on a chilly, windy day. It came with a queen that was placed with the package for 48 hours, meaning that I could direct release her (as opposed to…

Telling the Bees

My paternal grandmother married into a culturally Dutch family with a Scottish name (Campbell). There seems to be a Celtic (the shared language of Scots) tradition called “Telling the Bees,” in which every hive is informed of a keeper’s major life event (deaths and marriages). I have found paintings and…

My Season with Dead Bee Traps

I participated in a citizen science project for the 2019 season. As a participant, I followed protocol for data collection and reporting on dead bee traps located under three hives in two separate apiaries. As a local beekeeping instructor, I want to share my thoughts on the practice. What it…

Bee’s Wrap, one year later

I just had a bee club meeting at my house and it was full of information. (We have the best bee club, by the way) As we spoke about future meetings, November will be about value-added products, and I remembered my Bees Wrap products. When I was in Washington, D.C.…