May Swarming

A friend sent this to me:

“Spring has sprung,
But the bees are not swarming…
Could this be due to global warming?”

I like this little ditty – it works on so many levels. It’s May. Here in Calgary, finally, belatedly, ‘Spring has sprung” – the leaves are justnow opening on the willows and poplars. Pollen has been blowing for only a week or so. A late spring is normal for us at Calgary’s high elevation and latitude. It is May and there is still a chill in the air; yet, in a few weeks it will be too hot to polka in the street. I think climate change is like that – too cool, then much too hot. Global warming is certainly a reality. The ice cap that once formed a stylish toque over the globe’s bald head is melting – watery-eyed earth is about to get really wet. It has happened before, many times, but this round is on us and our myriad chemicals and exhausts. I guess if we treat our air and oceans as garbage dumps, we deserve what we’re going to get. But it’s too bad that the other animals on the planet have to suffer for our indulgences and indolences. However, I think the bees will eventually be OK, even if we are not.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ron has written two books, dozens of magazine and journal articles, and complements his first book, Bad Beekeeping, with the blog at Ron wrote his most recent book, The Mountain Mystery, for everyone who has looked at a mountain and wondered what miracles of nature set it upon the landscape. For more about Ron, including some cool pictures taken when he was a teenager, please check Ron's site:
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