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

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 […]

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 […]

Bad Beekeeping – Now’s the Time

Bad Beekeeping – Now’s the Time

I’ve just got the February American Bee Journal. It’s past the usual bee adds, correspondence and other stuff right to Randy Oliver’s Sick Bees Part 6, “Infections by Multiple Viruses”. Randy pretty much spells it out. And the picture isn’t nice. But it’s a process that involves the dance of bees, viruses and the natural processes that, through time, have made the honeybee so successful. […]

Reflections – 2010

Reflections – 2010

It’s time to reflect on the previous season’s beekeeping. This is the most disastrous beekeeping year I’ve ever had. And I’ve a few bad ones. But this is the first bad one since going natural, more than a decade ago. When things are going great it’s easy to get complacent. But in beekeeping just like the rest of agriculture, every new decade introduces a new […]

Heater Bees

Heater Bees

Unfortunately the neat short showing a few flowers in ultraviolet and heater bees in infrared light has been removed from youtube. So, it’s been replaced by this image. The video showed how the heater bees crawled into a cell and remained relatively motionless. Without the infrared, it looked like those house bees were taking a snooze. 🙂 Bee behavior is complicated and poorly understood in […]

End of Winter Thinking

End of Winter Thinking

Well, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve settled on an equipment plan and ordered the stuff. So, did I choose a traditional top bar hive for its simplicity and cost effectiveness? Or Warre’s for their modularity and minimal management? Or my next top bar hive/long hive for it’s flexibility? Or stick with conventional equipment run with natural comb and managed in a natural way? I’ve […]

More Winter Thoughts

More Winter Thoughts

Rotten Luck The subzero weather and hurricane winds have abated. So, I checked my beeyard. It’s been months since I’ve been there. The hives are all alive. But it’s a good thing I stopped by or they might not of made it through the winter. Not all rotten luck is bad! At the end of last summer, I culled all boxes with rotten corners and […]

Winter Thinking . . .

Winter Thinking . . .

Going to pots. My bee equipment is shot. It’s been 13 years  since I bought new equipment to setup a test yard. Initially I stopped mite treatments and selected for survivors. Then I tried formic acid, essential oils, mineral oil, Russian queens, powdered sugar, oxalic acid, small cell and eventually natural cell. I’ve painted the equipment four times. And now the corners and lids have […]

Condensation

Condensation

Winter condensation is a valuable water resource.

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