The Great Hive Monitoring Project is underway!

You see lots of numbers and facts bandied about with regards to bee hives and winter. Temperatures, how the cluster moves, when they cluster up, etc. But you don’t actually see the data. I know that the centre of a winter cluster of bees is supposed to be approximately 90F all the time, but only because I’ve read it somewhere. …

Time to Bee Worried | OnEarth Magazine

Time Magazine is covering the bee “apocalypse” and OnEarth is ticked off that it’s taken so long: TIME magazine fronts the global bee crisis, a story OnEarth first covered in 2006—and we’re still no closer to a solution. I’d take issue with the end of that sentence. Scientists and the government are no closer to a solution. Beekeepers have been …

CAPA releases Annual Winter Loss Report

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists has been tallying winter losses across Canada since 2007. Their 2013 Statement on Winter Losses (covering the winter of 2012/2013) has been released and it’s ugly out there: Province Number of Colonies Wintered Fall 2012 Number of Dead or Unproductive Colonies Spring 2013 Percent Wintering Loss (%) British Columbia 46,746 8,414 18.0 Alberta 282,000 …

No pesticide moratorium for Ontario

It’s been a hard couple of years for pesticides kills in Ontario. David Schuitt in Elmwood estimates he lost 37 million bees in 2012 and he’s not alone. The spring planting season saw a number of apiaries in Southwestern Ontario wiped out by residue from a synthetic nicotine-based pesticide that’s applied to corn seed before it’s sold. The planting machinery …

Moving the Lang

Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth invented the modern framed bee hive. We’ve all seen them: the typical stack of white boxes along the margins of a farm field. Until 2012, we didn’t have any. We figured that we should probably find out what these things are all about and bought three singles from Dancing Bee Honey. Remember, we’re primarily a topbar operation. …

A forum!

Greg and I have talked about setting up a  discussion forum for years. When we were starting out, we learned so much from the folks on various online discussion boards. But, they’re elsewhere. Most are in the US, but others are in the UK or Europe. There hasn’t been a home for sustainable beekeeping for Canadians. Until now. The Canadian …

Annnnd we’re back!

Well, that was painful. Short version: I messed up the site and it for forever to return it to working order. We’re going through and revising content, so be sure to check back often. Previous blog posts are gone, though. I’ve been flogged with a wet noodle and promise to be more careful next time.

Whoops

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” — Robert Burns He’s right. It seems to happen often around here. I had great intentions for re-vamping the site. Simplify it; trim it down. There were some sporadic issues with the navigation and the sites was just too darned flashy for us. I had it all set up …