When I brought bees home seven years ago, I had not yet begun to fully notice all the insect life in my yard. But with the coming of the bees, my vision expanded. I would search the flowers for my bees, and see all sorts of other pollinating insects I did not know: Hover flies, certain wasps, many native bees and bumble bees, even pollinating beetles!
Our friends at the Natural Beekeeping Trust are spot-on with their good suggestions here about what truly helps bees, and if being a beekeeper is of any value in caring for bees. This is from their Newsletter, and as soon as I read it, I thought “I need to share this!” And the Trust agreed:
“In this post we would like to address a very frequently asked question: How can I help the bees? And if you are known as a beekeeper, you may often be confronted with this question yourself. As more and more people open their hearts to the honeybee, and indeed other pollinators facing great challenges today, we set out briefly how our thinking about ‘helping the bees’ has evolved in recent times.
The Natural Beekeeping Trust was established to provide education on methods of bee husbandry more gentle, more “bee-centered” than those advocated in conventional beekeeping. This was the focus of our work for many years… (more…)
An Excerpt from Susan Knilans & Jacqueline Freeman's new book "What Bees Want" “Alas, many hives are forced to operate according to a beekeeper’s agenda. Sadly that agenda often prioritizes more honey production and pollination services instead of putting the evolutionary needs of the bees first.”—Song of Increase A primary tenet in our style of keeping bees is what we call “very low intervention.” That is, we keep out of our hives. This is not lazy beekeeping. Bees are extraordinarily complex beings in their hive culture, and our understanding of them is at a very basic, simple level. Our inspections…
This coming year, PBC will be involved in numerous planting projects for both food and pollinator forage. Many of us are choosing to use our sidewalk strips and driveways as "educational zones." With some fun signage, we can invite folks to look for different kinds of bees on our flowers, or highlight our monarch milkweed plantings, or remind folks that weeds feed bees! Local club member and PBC secretary Debbie Nagano is also an artist, and she came up with a really fun idea! Here it is: ========= PRESERVATION BEEKEEPING COUNCIL ARTIST OFFERS FUN BEE-SIGN WORKSHOP Come and paint a…
Once again, our European friends are hosting a fabulous conference for Natural Beekeeping. You can find details about this exciting event HERE. Jacqueline will again be speaking, this year on bee activism. Two other PBC friends will be attending: Rachelle Cobb and Onyx Marie. So, there will be many who can bring the learning from this event back home to us!
Bee friends, our club member Lori has crafted a great post about her experience setting up her hives with our new, round inserts. Thank you, Lori, for sharing this with us!! https://lorilyngreenstone.com/mothering-bees-quilt-boxes-convert-langstroth-hives/?fbclid=IwAR01sk7o-yfGzLpnz9Vzdej_YaExWs5zeGCsf0GQQTYjfUbZIbmLWqLHjwM
“There is a bee swarm in downtown Camas, right by the antique store. Do you have time to go gather it? It is up high…” Debby’s voice was hopeful. She is our bee swarm coordinator, and spends her whole summer on the phone talking to people about bees.
“Hmmmm, up really high, huh?” I don’t mind heights. I simply don’t have a ladder that will reach up 20 feet.
“The fire department’s only a few blocks away. Just stop by, batt your eyes and swivel your hips and maybe they will bring their ladder,” she suggested…
Hello bee friends: Susan here, introducing our good bee friend James. James attended our recent log hive workshop and went crazy–in a good way! James has a vision of a highway of bee trees, and log hives. Is this a match made in Bee Heaven, or what?! Please feel free to join James in his mission, or contact him with questions and ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hi everyone! My name is James. I’m a former intern of Jacqueline’s who will soon by moving back to the area. I have a few years of experience doing agroforestry under my belt now and am hoping to make a return into natural beekeeping. Over the last couple of years I’ve learned a lot about drought tolerant, Pacific Northwest based agroforestry. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’ve seen a lot of evidence that trees and shrubs are a really great way to grow bee forage efficiently in terms of water and labor… (more…)
Susan here: It is with great delight that I am sharing with you something of beauty, depth, and wonder from our good friend, Bee Guardian Corwin Bell. Corwin has taught many programs for us over the years. He is the prime innovator behind all the advances to top bar hives, and runs a bee education program at Backyardhive.com. His work is respectful, balancing science, intuition, and mystery. If you live near Colorado, take his classes. He is a master.
Corwin has a mystic’s eye, a mystic’s ear, and a mystic’s heart. Artist and visionary, Corwin put his talents to a remarkable recording of chants, music, and bee sounds to create a deep immersion into bee time. His DVD is called “The Light of Hum” and I encourage you to add it to your music library… (more…)