Today, Gary Fawcett, of Kiwimana Podcast spent a grueling hour listening to me drone on and on about bees and beekeeping and beekeeping and bees. It was undoubtedly grueling for him, but I had fun.

For those of you who don’t know, the kiwimana podcast, produced in the beautiful hills of the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland, New Zealand, is a great source of bee chatter, knowledge, insight, and gossip. At Kiwimana, Gary and Margaret keep some bees, advocate for the environment, and produce their outstanding podcast.

In a typical interview show, Gary offers some lucky beekeeper somewhere in the world the chance to rant about their bees and beekeeping adventures. I like the format and the fact that Gary is so unobtrusive – the guests feel like it’s their own show and Gary is their friendly guide. Conversation includes advice, issues on bee politics, favourite books, and the like. Some of the past guests include Randy Oliver (the Scientific Beekeeper), Hilary Kearney (Keeping Bees Like a Girl), Bill Catherall (the Bee Vlogger), Australian beekeeper Victor Croker, and James RogersΒ  who keeps bees in Japan. I’ve left out a lot of other great names that you’ll find among the nearly 100 podcasts at kiwimana.


But today, was my turn, a lesser beekeeper. When the podcast goes live in a few weeks, I’ll let you know, give you the link, and you can hear my rambling enthusiasm for the hobby and business of bees. In the meanwhile, give Gary and Margaret a listen at kiwimana.

<— This is I, blogging and listening to great podcasts.


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.
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2 Responses to Podcasted

  1. Gary says:

    Hey Ron, Thanks again for coming on the show and enlightening our listeners with your years of wisdom.

    It wasn’t a grueling hour for me at all :), loved having a chat and I will enjoy listening to it again when I edit the show.

    It’s a bonus for me that I get to chat with Beekeepers around the world, I love that people are happy to impart their wisdom.

    If there is anyone that you would like to hear from, drop me a line and I will see if I can get them on a future show.

    Ron you more than welcome to come on whenever you like, you are not a lesser beekeeper at all πŸ™‚

    Thanks again for all you do for the beekeeping world…Gary


    • Ron Miksha says:

      Hi Gary, you are doing a great job – raising awareness of the environment, helping beekeepers, and entertaining us all! Thanks for the kind words. And thanks for the invitation to come back – everyone who knows me will tell you that I was just getting warmed up. But everyone who knows me will also agree that Ron Miksha is best in small doses with long breaks in between. We’ll chat again in a year or so! – Ron


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