Mud Song

Mud Song

Mud Song is a beekeeping blog well worth a visit. Phillip Cairn writes: I have kept honey bees in and around St. John’s, Newfoundland, since 2010 and I use this mighty blog to document all of my successes and failures. I try to keep everything simple and practical. I’m not a certified master beekeeper yet but I’ve done my homework, enough to satisfy my unambitious […]

Top Bar Beekeeping in Paradise

Top Bar Beekeeping in Paradise

Jan Rasmussen is an adept top bar beekeeper. And she is obviously having fun and loving it. A great way to keep bees in paradise. If you like the video, you’ll like her site at ParadiseNectar.com. -dM

Musings On Beekeeping

Musings On Beekeeping

Musings on Beekeeping is one of my favorite bee blogs. Tom, a Honduran/American beekeeper has a unique perspective on: tropical beekeeping working with Africanized bees top bar hives mentoring beekeepers in Jamaica moderates the BeeSource.com top bar hive forum. He doesn’t post often. But when he does, it’s always an interesting and informative read. Ever seen a tree like this one? Wow! Check it out! […]

March 2014 Yard Visit

March 2014 Yard Visit

Yesterday Often, just before the next spring blizzard: hurricane speed up slope winds blow the cold air away snow and ice rapidly melt in the valleys sunshine skies are clear, bright and blue temperatures approach the upper 50’s F Under these conditions the bees get a brief chance to: break their winter cluster take a cleansing flight gather a little water and do a little […]

January 2014 Yard Visit

January 2014 Yard Visit

The Idea A beautiful January day: the temperature is just above freezing there’s no wind the sun is shining bright the roads are accessible I’m curious about how the bee’s cluster is orienting around the upper entrance. And if there’s been any excessive moisture from blowing snow or condensation inside the hive. So, it’s time for a quick yard visit. it’s too cold and early […]

Diesel Exhaust Disrupts Bees

Diesel Exhaust Disrupts Bees

Today’s polluted environment is tough on all life. Here’s more research showing just how tough it is on honeybees: The new study offers insight into the specific hazard for pollinators from the fumes from cars, trucks, trains, ships, and heavy machinery. Significantly, the study indicates that honeybees haven’t been helped by the “cleaner” diesel now used in Europe and the United States due to regulations […]

End of Season 2013

End of Season 2013

A few days ago, I slipped off to my beeyard and reduced the hive entrances for winter. It was cold, late and the bees weren’t flying. But during  the process, a few dozen bees crawled outside to check out the disturbance. A few minutes later the entrance reducers were securely in place. And the bees, sensing no trouble, returned to the warmth, serenity and security […]

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Conditions September Wyoming Hives The hives are in great shape. they are more than heavy enough for winter bees are healthy no pests So, one entrance reducer was put in. I’ll put the other in after the first snow. A Quick Look There’s not much that can be done by opening Wyoming hives this late in the season. days are warm nights are cold there’s […]

Yard Visit End of July 2013

Yard Visit End of July 2013

It remains dry and hot. But a couple of thunderstorms have kept some life in the plants along the roadsides and irrigation ditches. And the mosquito spraying didn’t materialize near town. So, no sprayed bees. I didn’t move these bees to Riverton. Although I kept bees there in the past. And an offer of the old bee location was made recently. When I attempted to […]

Michael Bush

Michael Bush

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild has recorded Michael Bush’s presentation. If you’re interested in natural beekeeping, it’s well worth the time to watch this 4 part series. While thinking of Michael, don’t forget his BushFarms website. It’s a natural beekeeping resource well worth bookmarking. And Michael has published “The Practical Beekeeper” and has reprinted “Huber’s New Observations Upon Bees”. Check them out. -dM

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