Category Archives: History

Turner’s (belated) Birthday

I can’t believe that I missed reminding you yesterday that it was Charles Turner’s birthday. Here’s the story of the man who figured out that honey bees can think. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ You probably know that Karl von Frisch … Continue reading

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Is bee-talk keeping you awake?

So, you’re hauling bees across the country – and you’re drowsy. Or having trouble staying awake while doing the dull, repetitive manual labour we call extracting. What do you do? A lot of people keep their eyes open by listening … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Gifts of Langstroth

I’m repeating a blog which I post each Christmas Day, Langstroth’s birthday. With his movable frames and his brilliant beekeeping book, Langstroth was one of the founders of modern beekeeping. He invented the modern beehive, making it easier, more productive, … Continue reading

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Where poppies grow…

In much of the old British Empire, November 11 is commemorated as Remembrance Day. The warring parties, which had sent their young people into trenches to shoot each other, finally created a cease-fire. It was set to begin at 11 … Continue reading

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The Metaphysical Beekeeper

As I continue to plod along with my Master’s in bee ecology at the University of Calgary, I feel obligated to apologize for the infrequency of these bad beekeeping posts. Sorry. But I’m not going to apologize for occasionally repeating … Continue reading

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City Mourns Loss of Beloved Beekeeper

The Amazon River city of Manaus has begun three days of official mourning for the death of a beekeeper. He was the beekeeper, research scientist, geneticist, educator, and political activist, Dr Warwick Kerr.ย  The mayor of Manaus declared the tribute … Continue reading

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How to predict the honey flow

This post will be disappointing to anyone hoping for a quick and easy way to predict what the honey flow will bring. There is no substitute for experience. It may take years to gain the knowledge you’ll need because every … Continue reading

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William Woodley – An Introduction

After several years of doing research on William Woodley and trying various mediums to tell his story, I feel video is the best. I have made an introductory video on Mr Woodley, and hopefully it justifies to the watcher, why…

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Eva Crane: Nuclear Physicist, Beekeeper

June 12th.ย  I have an excuse to write a bit about the amazing Ethel Eva Widdowson, born in London on June 12th, 1912. By age 30, she had defended her doctorate in nuclear physics, begun to teach at Sheffield University, … Continue reading

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World Bee Day: May 20, 2018

Time to party like it’s 1734 all over again!ย  May 20th should be a big date on the beekeeper’s social calendar. It’s World Bee Day.ย  Why did I mention 1734? That’s the year Anton Janลกa was born. He was baptized … Continue reading

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