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More bad news for the world’s pollinators:  4 species of the U.S. bumblebee population collapse.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2011/1/4/933430/-U.S-Bumble-bee-Population-Implodes,-Drops-96

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During winter in Minnesota, honeybees cluster and vibrate, generating enough heat to keep themselves warm and the colony alive.  If you drop a thermometer into the center of a bee cluster, it will register 80 – 90 degrees F.  Hives are covered in the fall, and the bees are generally left to winter over with their honey and pollen stores to see them through. Then, in the spring, the hive is eventually uncovered, the bees are given supplemental food, dead bees are removed, the colony is divided, another queen is introduced, and the cycle begins again.

My involvement with the Isanti bees has ended, and I learned a lot about bees and about friendship in the process.  The Isanti bee colony came to fruition because of a dream that I had.. that I shared with a friend.. and although I am no longer involved with the colony, I know that they wouldn’t be there now if it weren’t for my dream.  I am grateful for what I’ve learned, and I am happy that other people have been inspired to keep bees of their own, have stopped using pestcides, or have planted bee-friendly gardens because they read something that I posted or listened to me tell bee stories in the pub.  Maybe I didn’t build a honey farm empire, but every little bit of effort makes a positive impact on the world.

Success

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The deadly virus – fungus combo that seems to play a big role in colony collapse disorder:

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Indoor Bee Hive

Wow,  this seems like a very cool idea for educators and people who just want to get closer to their honeybees.   http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/observationhive.phtml

The bees quickly filled up the second box and the third was added.  No pics available, unfortunately, but all seems to be going well in bee land.

Ooh… I can’t wait to visit the shop noted in this story!  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  Hurray for urban beekeepers!

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Hurray for urban beekeepers!  “The New York City Beekeepers Association estimates there are now already 200 beekeepers in New York City since it became legal in April, with the majority in Brooklyn, and expect more soon – as the buzz spreads.”

http://wcbstv.com/local/nyc.legal.beekeeping.2.1760491.html