Lost colonies: How bee rustling works

Hive stealing has been around for a very long time.  While this article discusses pretty well how “bee rustling” is impacted by almond season, it doesn’t go quite into the history of the malpractice.

Also, I’d like to add that the estimable gentleman from Bee Culture magazine that was quoted in this article is Kim Flottum (NOT Flossum).  As always, excellent input Kim.

When $90,000 worth of bee colonies were stolen recently in Manvel, it raised one question among those outside the industry: Why? Why steal bees?

Source: Lost colonies: How bee rustling works

Bee Smart Presents.. A Moment With Big Bear

Bee Smart Crew member Big Bear occasionally drops a quick video talking about things to do with beekeeping.  What’s Big Bear talking about today? beesides not having a great camera (you’ll see how bad all too soon) he has a thing or two to share about having a plan for your beekeeping this year.

The Bee Smart Podcast Crew Has A New Regular – YappyBeeman

Beecause we’re always looking for awesome people who can have fun in this wild beekeeping world we work in, JP brought us a fella who’s a natural fit for the Bee Smart Podcast Crew.

Beginning soon, “Yappy” AKA Travis Ulbrich, will bee joining us on the weekly podcast and you will find select examples of his work among our various and sundry postings. with plenty of links to show you even more of the cool stuff he does with bees.

Thank you for stepping in to the Bee Smart community and Yappy, we know you’ll bee right at home here.

 

The Weekly Bee Smart Podcast, update 2

We have some more information.  The episodes will begin on Saturday January 7th 2017 and will be posted every Saturday by 12:00 p.m. CST thereafter.

We have a great panel of podcasters to introduce to you in January.  Big Bear, Tony Gaines will bee hosting regularly with Jeff Armstrong AKA JPtheBeeMan joining the panel in the second episode and thereafter with somewhat regularity.

We’ll spend January introducing you to our regular podcast panelists and in February, we’ll begin to invite guest panelists to sit in on the discussions with us.  I’m very excited to say we have a great start to our lineup of guest panelists so far for February 2017.  Kim Flottum from Bee Culture Magazine will bee joining us.  John Winkler from the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District in Eastern Nebraska will join us also.  I’m also looking forward to having Guy Shingleton, inventor and distributor of the terrific Colorado Bee Vac sitting in with us as well.

Keep in mind that we really won’t be doing “interviews” as you know them typically.  Our guest panelists are invited to sit in on the discussion of topics we have for that particular episode.  Of course, don’t bee surprised to notice that some of the topics discussed just happen to bee right up the alley of the guest panelist we have on a given episode.

The topics in each episode will range from news to Q&A to “Behind The Scenes” stories and who knows what else we will get into.  Just know that it will always have a bearing, directly or indirectly on bees, beekeepers and beekeeping in some way.

The weekly Bee Smart podcast

Beginning in January 2017, the Bee Smart weekly podcast will become available for streaming and download on a once per week basis.  That might seem obvious up front but it represents quite a challenge in coordinating schedules and keeping interesting topics each and every time.

The purpose of the weekly podcast is to have an opportunity to share ideas, opinions, experiences and insight from a variety of perspectives.  At the core of the podcast panel there is myself, Big Bear, and Tony G.  In this team up alone we have a different perspectives from an experienced, professional apiarist and a new, just learning beekeeper.

Along the way, we will add guest hosts to the panel other beekeepers of different experience levels and those having a speciality or niche that they tend to focus on.  These are possible to include just about anyone with an interesting story, background or perspective on bees, beekeeping or beekeepers.  It could even be you.

The weekly podcast is expected to be a 15 to 30 minute episode in which the podcast panel will talk about something in general relating to bees, beekeepers and beekeeping or it might put more focus on a special interest of one of the podcast panelists.

We don’t plan to do “interviews” with notable beekeepers as a great many times it can put people “on the spot”.  Instead we will invite notable people involved with bees, beekeepers and beekeeping to sit on the podcast panel as a guest panelist.  This way, if there is something in particular the guest panelist would like to discuss, they have the opportunity without it being a “deer caught in the headlights” experience for them.

For the guest panelist, they are one of us for the time and part of a larger conversation.  Hopefully, this keeps it more relaxing, more fun and more interesting for everyone.

Bee Smart is a multimedia project by BBE-Tech Apiary Services that has the grand objective of being a fun way to continue teaching, learning and sharing experiences by beekeepers and people involved in activities and businesses related to beekeeping for everyone who has an interest in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

Bee Ready

Hello everyone, This is the very first post on the Bee Smart site.  We are creating a multimedia community about bees, beekeepers and beekeeping here.

We will host our weekly and monthly audio podcasts at this site and all of our Bee Smart Beekeeping related videos from our YouTube Channel will be found here as well.

We will offer downloads for our members of various beekeeping related documents and e-books to help folks bee productive in their beekeeping.

Last but certainly not least will be the Bee Smart web store where you will be able to buy some of the coolest beekeeping “Stuff” anywhere.

Please stick around as we grow.  Join the community and by all means, become a patron on the Patreon account to help us provide you with simply awesome content.