Environment

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 […]

Why Bees are Disappearing

Why Bees are Disappearing

Marla Spivak speaks out on TED: Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in surprising harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. […]

Wyoming Pollen Observations

Wyoming Pollen Observations

For decades, I’ve kept track of cyclical natural events such as: bloom dates and duration pollen availability migratory bird arrivals/departures frosts, etc And I’ve summarized the beekeeping related events in a concise, week based table. observations were made in the Wyoming basins below 6000 feet […]

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

What more can be said? The beginnings of my love of nature go far back into childhood where wonder, beauty, and nature’s intertwining wrap filled my live with joy and purpose. Somewhere along the way I lost much of that inspiration as: my spiritual connection […]

Urban Bees

Urban Bees

I found urban bees are healthier than farm bees. Until this year, my beekeeping was centered  in agricultural areas. This year I kept my bees near the city. And unlike my decades old experience with near city beekeeping, these bees are doing great. greater variety […]

Anomaly?

Anomaly?

Took a trip to my Wyoming home town yesterday. I was raised there. And started beekeeping there as well. My brother Don was up from Colorado. And it was a good time visiting and preparing the family home for winter. Did I say winter? Yes, […]

Seeing Bees Again?

Seeing Bees Again?

I’ve looking for bees this season. A few weeks ago, while driving my bus on the west end of town, I saw one dart across the windshield. Yes, then I saw another, and again another. Wondering where that hive could be and if it was […]

The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

Another interesting Ted talk. In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing ‘landing-strips’ to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate […]