Sustainable Grasslands

Sustainable Grasslands

Historical records indicate that the western plains were filled with large herds. Buffalo, elk, deer and the attending predators were abundant. Looking at the same land today, it’s hard to image how so many animals could live in such an impoverished environment? How could so much environmental change occur in little more than a 100 years? Restoring the natural relationships, upon which all life exists, […]

Looking for Fluorescent Rocks on Mars

Looking for Fluorescent Rocks on Mars

Lately, especially considering the activity at this site, I’ve thought that wondering around at night and looking for fluorescent rocks makes one an anachronism. But maybe not if you’re looking for them on Mars. It’s the latest thing up there. 😉 The illumination came from MAHLI’s two ultraviolet LEDs, which emit light in a waveband centered at a wavelength of 365 nanometers. The exposure duration […]

First Hive Inspection March 2013

First Hive Inspection March 2013

The Idea Just enough time to: look inside fill the feeders and find everything alive, strong and healthy The Details The Weather The high temperature has exceeded 60 degrees the last couple of days. And today’s temperature is forecast to be above 60 with little wind. Then, tomorrow the temperatures are predicted to drop and snow is a possibility. So, it’s time for a quick […]

SciFri Springtime Buzz Podcast

SciFri Springtime Buzz Podcast

Denise Chow has produce a new Science Friday bee related podcast. With warmer weather (hopefully) just around the corner, what can we expect this spring from some of nature’s most important pollinators? Plus, new research on the electric fields in flowers and the effect of caffeine on honeybees offers fascinating glimpses into bee behavior. Check it out. -dM

Life is Good

Life is Good

In Wyoming, it often warms up the day before the next blizzard hits. This time, the warm spell lasted two days and it got warm enough for my bees to fly. So, it was time to visit the yard check. It’s still too cold to disturb a hive. Any attempts to do so now would be disruptive and do more damage than good. Just enough […]

Wishing for Spring

Wishing for Spring

Wishing for spring? It’s the first week of March and snowing! Well, that’s Wyoming’s climate. What else should I expect. In an average year it can snow until the end of May. In a cold year, it can snow until July. Beekeepers, in the warmer parts of the US, are talking of feeding, swarming, raising queens and making splits. For me it’s still another 3 weeks before this […]

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