More Than Just Parks

More Than Just Parks

Oh my gosh! If you love nature, you will more than enjoy More Than Just Parks. The HD video shorts are more than inspirational. They are phenomenal! And they bring tears to this once, far away, western yahoo. -dM

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 Report – September 2012

Yard Report – September 2012

The Idea The days are warm to hot. But the nights are cool. It’s time for blankets and a comforter on the bed. At night, cold mountain air flows down the canyons. And frost is a possibility in any low lying area. For my taste, it’s the best time of year. Not sun. Cold air. Now: there’s little native bee forage agricultural areas dry up […]

First Semiload of Westbound Bees and Snow

First Semiload of Westbound Bees and Snow

Today, I saw my first load of commercial bees headed west. That’s almost two months ahead of what’s normal. It’s been a strange year with semi loads of bees trucking toward the Dakotas through mid-summer. Now they’re high tailing it out of there. I’ve never seen this kind of movement. Not sure what it means. And without my commercial contacts, I’ll probably not know. But […]

Time For A Wyoming Thanksgiving

Time For A Wyoming Thanksgiving

What, 5 to 15 degrees F below zero here. I live in the foothills. With 10 to 20 degrees below zero in the valley where I work. And 30 to 35 below zero in the basins to the west! Well, that’s thanksgiving in Wyoming. And that’s not too bad. Before global warming we’d see this kind of weather a month earlier. No kidding! The bees […]

My End of Season

Hi Guys I’m going to take a break from blogging for awhile. I want to thank you all for your encouragement and your insight. And, like the bees, I will be mostly silent. I might come out from time to time if I get a hot idea. But I will definitively be buzzing again next spring. Hope you all and your bees overwinter well. -dM

End of the Season – 2010

End of the Season – 2010

Guess what? It’s snowing in Casper. It usually comes long before now. But it’s here and signals the end of my active beekeeping season. I knew it was coming. So, after work last week, I took a final look at my bees. A few lids were popped and the feed sugar was checked. Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm, little of the sugar […]

Migrating Bees

Migrating Bees

The annual bee migration from the major honey producing areas is the Dakotas, to the almonds fields in California, has begun. A few semi-loads of bees dribble through Casper, Wy in the previous weeks. But almost half the semis coming through here are now carrying bees. I’ll bet almost every hive in the Dakotas goes through Casper. And that’s a lot of hives. It seems […]

Beeyard Fortified.

Beeyard Fortified.

Horses A month ago my beeyard was in trouble. Here’s how it looks now. I’ve fortified it with some fence panels. I was going to use some T posts and barbed wire. But Bill and June had a faster and much easier solution. They loaded some fence panels in their truck and offloaded them at the beeyard. Fence panels are expensive and they don’t fit […]

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