Like most beekeepers this hobby quickly turned to an obsession. It appears bees multiply quicker than rabbits & 2 hives turned into 7, then 14 & then 25!
I'm not a person to sit & watch, so I dove in the deep end to begin this educational climb. From day courses, night classes & university courses all interlaced with mentors, peers & club classes. The book shelf sags & zoom scientists are regular visitors to my lounge! I recently completed the journeyman section on the Master Beekeeping program through the University of Montana, & became a mentor on the Hives for Heroes program. there is still much to learn about these wonderful socials insects & I enjoy every moment I get to spend outside observing them.
The Honeybee opened my eyes to other pollinators, their plight & how our farm practices clashed with their survival. This has lead me to my mission, to create a pollinator oasis in the heart of rural agricultural land. We can quantify Honeybees & their losses but other pollinators are just as much, if not more at risk. They suffer daily loss from declining habitat, loss of food source, nest sites & pesticide poisoning. With this in mind we have returned areas back to wild flowers & grasses. Planted fruit trees & allowed weeds to enjoy a little of our lawns! Everything is planned & planted with rich nectar sources, nesting & breeding in mind. This is a worthwhile endeavor, the land is now protected with conservation easements, certified with the Pollinator Partnership & attracts an abundance of wildlife.
I have found a love of teaching the young , watching them spot a Queen, listen to the hive buzz & gawk when the observation hive is uncovered.
The work to create this oasis & inspire is always a forward moving plan. I hope to assist, educate & mentor anyone curious or willing listen.
The 2nd generation, already passionate about the pollinators & a friend to the Honeybee.
The able assistant , who without, non of this would happen. Woodwork skills , planting guru, swarm catcher, heavy lifter & unwavering support make this a reality.
The bee sting guru & master of eating the flying jalapenos !
The girls (&boys) , the Italian's, the Carniolan's & the Saskatraz. Plus the many wild ones that now inhabit our home!