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Natural Bee Husbandry - an international magazine for preservation beekeepers

Natural Bee Husbandry - an international magazine for preservation beekeepers

I'm very honored to have another article published in the international, preservation beekeeping magazine Natural Bee Husbandry. The actual article can be found HERE. This magazine is published by the Natural Beekeeping Trust and can be subscribed to HERE. 

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What Are Beekeepers For?

What Are Beekeepers For?

A great article by the Natural Beekeeping Trust. "Any activities we engage in as beekeepers to protect the colonies in our care from parasites, virus attacks and diseases are measures that delay if not prevent the development of a natural gene pool of honeybees in the world. As long as medication dependent bees predominate in any given region, the evolvement of good genetic pools is actively hindered. Wild living honeybees are vital." Full article HERE.

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The Complex Interconnectedness of All Living Things

The Complex Interconnectedness of All Living Things

The article I've linked to below, which has been titled on Facebook as Can Flowers Hear? is just another example of how incredibly complex is the interconnectedness of all living things.  And, it is an another example of why my heartbreak continues to deepen every time I see an article about another potential "silver bullet" that will "save the bees."  [i.e., chemicals, essential oils, vapors, fungi, mushrooms, breeding for specific traits, et al.] In my opinion, any single thing we try to do to "fix" the pollinator crisis (by the way, it's actually a global insect crisis), just makes things worse.  The...

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Moving an Occupied Hive

Moving an Occupied Hive

Today, December 16th, 2018, I moved an occupied hive from a place of perma-shade - due to the low angle of the winter sun - to a spot where it can receive the warmth of the sun throughout the afternoon. My hope is that the added warmth, here at 7,000' in the heart of the Rockies, will help this colony to survive the winter.  (The hive was quite heavy, so that's a good sign.) Because I had only moved the hive about 12' from its previous position, I put some dead flower stalks in front of the entrance.  Conventional beekeeping...

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Preservation Beekeeping in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains

Preservation Beekeeping in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains

I practice preservation beekeeping in a high mountain valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  By driving just twenty minutes from my home I can step onto the Continental Divide trail at 13,000’ elevation, and the honey bee colonies I monitor are all between 7,000’ and 9,000’.  Stewarding honey bee colonies in this region presents some particular challenges, but these challenges are shared, I’m sure, by preservation beekeepers in other parts of the world with similar climates. As a preservation beekeeper, my goal is the development of regionally adapted honey bee colonies.  A regionally adapted honey bee colony would...

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