In my continued effort to provide beekeepers with fun, educational tools for teaching about bees, I have created some educational poster sets. These are perfect for teaching new beekeepers, children or the non-beekeeping public about bees! I’ve taken some of my favorite and most illustrative images and coupled them with suggested talking points, fun facts and questions for kids. The pre-sale is going on now and you can save 17% if you order before 2/22/17. Use code BLOGBEES at checkout. (more…)
There’s nothing worse than discovering your bees have been poisoned. The once busy entrance, now silent with only a few twitching bees in carpet of dead below. The suddenness of a colony lost to pesticide poisoning is shocking. What follows is often heartbreaking, humbling and infuriating. So, how do you know if your colony has been poisoned? What do you do if it happens and how can you prevent it if it hasn’t yet? Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to protect your bees and other pollinators from this terrible ordeal. (more…)
I have gotten a few emails from wannabe beekeepers this month asking where they can get bees to fill their new hive boxes. The short answer is, nowhere! If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, bees are not readily available until April, but there’s still plenty you can do in preparation for their arrival. (more…)
- If you are inspecting your hives regularly, you can usually see the end coming. When a colony starts to fail, it can be challenging to figure out why, let alone solve the issue. So, what can a beekeeper do to help their bees? Read on to find out about some catchall techniques that might reverse the course of a crashing hive.
I’m very excited to announce the release of my new educational kid’s bee game! I created this game several years ago to enhance my children’s bee classes and have been having a blast playing it ever since! I’ve finally got around to creating a hard copy for other bee lovers and educators and it’s now available in my web shop! Now thorugh 10/16/16 enjoy free shipping with the US and discounted international shipping! (more…)
- As part of my lifelong quest to be more like a honey bee, I am starting a series called, “Hive Mates”! Posts in this series will appear periodically and feature some amazing beekeepers and their efforts from around the world. I’m kicking this off with an interview I did will Jana Kinsman of Bike A Bee! Jana is doing impressive and important work in the Chicago area, read on to find out more about her.
The old joke goes, “Ask three beekeepers a question and you’ll get five different answers”. If you’ve ever been to beekeeping club meeting, you’ve probably witnessed this first hand. Beekeepers, especially when you put them all in a room together, tend to be opinionated at best and downright crotchety at worst. So, what’s the best way to handle situations like this and how can you turn them into a positive learning experience? (more…)
Often when a new beekeeper loses a colony, I hear them claim that the bees “just left”. The thought is that the bees simply moved out and are still alive in another location. This rationale is typically followed up with bafflement as to why they would have left, a shrug and then good wishes to the bees in their new home. Unfortunately, the reality is that bees abandoned their hive when conditions became unbearable and when bees do this, they don’t typically have the resources to survive long afterwards. (more…)
The reasons for why your bees are not filling out their super are numerous and nuanced. Sometimes the answer lies in the timing and sometimes you just have picky bees. Read on to find out all the possibilities as well as some practical tips for how to deal with it. (more…)