Category Archives: Culture, or lack thereof

National Pollinator Week: Shrews and Mongooses, too.

National Pollinator Week is June 19 – June 25, but summer is an odd time of year to celebrate pollinators. The big honey bee migration to California’s almonds ended in March. Bees, birds, bats, and butterflies have finished their work … Continue reading

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Return to PolliNation

Last month, I mentioned a great new podcast, PolliNation. It’s produced by Andony Melathopoulos, a university professor at Oregon State. The PolliNation podcast series is very nicely produced and Andony has a voice made for podcasting. As a bonus, he … Continue reading

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The Annual ALS Fundraiser

Almost every year, I diverge from my usual beekeeping nonsense on this blog and write a bit about our annual ALS fundraiser, Betty’s Run for ALS. You probably know someone who had ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. Right now you … Continue reading

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Bee Man Freeman

Born in 1938,  Morgan Freeman is 79 years old today, June 1, 2017. (Happy Birthday!) You know him as the actor (Driving Miss Daisy; Shawshank Redemption; Million Dollar Baby) with the resonating voice. But did you know that Freeman resonates … Continue reading

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Best Site for Beekeeping?

🐝 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝 Beesker, a website based in Cambridge has created a neat resource for all of us. The folks running it check out websites from around the world, looking for what they deem to … Continue reading

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May 20: World Bee Day

May 20 is World Bee Day. Seems an appropriate day to celebrate the bee. (So was yesterday; tomorrow would be good, too.)  It’s spring north of the equator. I don’t want to neglect our friends south of Earth’s belt, but … Continue reading

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A One-Minute Mukibrain Bee Break

Here’s another delightful video from our friend at Mukibrain. Muki, a talented videographer, artist, film-maker, BMX acrobat (since age 12), and Cirque du Soleil performer, has a thing for flowers and bees. Tempo of Bees is a short and sweet … Continue reading

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Metallica’s Beekeeper

Last year, I wrote about the indomitable guitar man and bee guy Steve Vai. He’s a master of the strings and knows few equals. He’s also quite an experienced beekeeper.  Now it’s Mr Metallica, James Hetfield, who draws my beely … Continue reading

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Burt’s Cabin Tour

Burt Shavitz, of Burt’s Bees, died two years ago. A photographer (for Life and Time) from Manhattan, he settled near Bangor, Maine, in the 1960s. There, he discovered beekeeping. Although Maine is one of the worst places in North America … Continue reading

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Supporting “Painting the Bees”

It’s pretty hard to pry money out of my pockets.  Unless you’ve got something really great going on that can use a little support. The Good of the Hive is one of the worthy ones. It aims to bring awareness … Continue reading

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