Thieves steal hundreds of beehives primed to pollinate Central Valley almonds

Montana beekeeper Lloyd Cunniff shipped his 488 hives of bees in fresh, new pallets to Northern California in late December, hoping to pollinate acres of almond trees in the Central Valley.

Source: Thieves steal hundreds of beehives primed to pollinate Central Valley almonds

Would you Like To Bee A Hero?

The Bee Smart beekeeping project was started with the lofty goal of being a mixed media content creator that specializes in presenting useful, interesting and entertaining content about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

We need help to make that happen.  We need YOUR help.  How can you help?  I’m glad you asked.  Here are some ways you can help us, help you:

  • Become a Patron of the Bee Smart beekeeping project by clicking our handy button on the website and included at the bottom of most posts and pages here.  If you like our work and want to see us continue to bring our best, we can sure use you as a Patron.
  • Become a Sponsor with one-time Sponsorships of specific objectives.  When we do our “Big” videos, record podcasts and hold special live events there are some specific extra costs that we need to cover to handle things like obtaining specific, appropriate equipment, travel expenses, and sometimes to hire a specialist or pay one of our talented team for all the time, effort and creativity they are expending on this very worthwhile pursuit.  All Sponsors are proudly listed in credits and on the website here to let the word know we didn’t did this alone, we needed YOU and YOU came through for us in a BIG way.  Look for the Sponsorship “Sub-Page” under the “Meet the Team” listing on the website menu for more information.
  • SHARE, share,  then share some more.. Please share the posts and links we send out on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and LinkedIn.  The more people who beecome aware of Bee Smart and the great content we offer, the more people we can bee useful to and maybe even find more Patrons and Sponsors.

Bringing You The Best Of The Buzz On Bees, Beekeepers and Beekeeping

Here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project, we want to bee the best we can bee.  A large part of that is working to bring you interesting, useful and entertain original content.

Beeginning today, Bee Smart beegins the next phase of bringing forth the buzz by doing a bit of news aggregation.  Meaning, we scour the world wide web every morning looking for noteworthy news and put it all together here in one place for you.   Beecause of that, we’ve also added a new category area to search in our posts, “Bee Newsworthy”

You will notice that we have already posted some interesting tidbits pulled from various news sources that we think you will find fits our description of “useful, interesting and entertaining”.

Later today, you will still get some of our original content as you are becoming used to seeing as well.  I hope you enjoy the news and notes here.  I know I like them.


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Where Does Bee Smart’s Content Come From?

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is essentially the informational arm of my work as a professional apiarist.  My “Hands On” work is communicated through the BBE-Tech Apiary Services website but everything to do with teaching, doing presentations and making content available about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that is informative, useful and (I hope) entertaining is done here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

The vast majority of content is produced, edited, written and recorded by yours truly.  Why?  Because I like to facilitate and help people be successful in their chosen area.  If I can facilitate a successful experience and make a living at the same time, albeit not a “Grand” living, color me ecstatic.

I leave the door open for some special collaborators on this project, namely JPtheBeeman, Schawee, Beekeeper of the swamp and Antnee G, to write, send in video and collaborate on audio projects as much or as little as their hearts desire.  I bee-lieve in the work all those folks do and if I can help them get their awesome content out to others even moreso, by golly I’m there.

Having said that, they are not “paid” employees or contributors.  They are not expected to do anything they do not choose to do here.  If they find it easier and accomodatable to post content here without the worries of managing a website or other such tasks, then I have done my little bit in fair trade with them perhaps for that awesome content.

In regard to other potential contributors, I’d absolutely LOVE to be able to pay for awesome content others are capable of bringing to the table.  In the future, as we gain more patrons and grow our earnings, we will have the budget to pay people for extraordinary contributions.  In the meantime though, I won’t be the next Huffington Post and pay people in “exposure” because I think that’s just dishonest.

If there is a way I can barter or trade with a potential contributor short of $ and you are willing to discuss it, talk to me, let’s make magic happen.  But it’s your choice entirely.

As for me, I will work hard to continue to bring you the best content that is useful, informative and (hopefully) entertaining about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that I can and earn your patronage.


How Does Bee Smart Stand Out From The Crowd?

There is a lot of useful beekeeping related content out in the world.  there is a lot of informative beekeeping content out there as well.  Yes, thanks in large part to YouTube, there is a LOT of entertaining content pertaining to beekeeping as well.

People are out there, creating content that usually falls into one of those categories.  Sometimes a few will cover more than one of those categories.  The first way Bee Smart strives to stand on its own in content presentation is to bring together things that fit all three of those categories as much as possible.  When we create unique content, that is our first objective, to make it useful, informative and entertaining.

Another way we work to bee unique is that because we know there are people already out there creating some great content, we have no plans to re-invent the wheel if it’s not necessary.  I comb the web to see what’s already out there and if someone already has a wonderful video, audio or written presentation, what we want most to do is to make sure we can get that information in front of as many people as possible.  We will try whenever possible to contact those people to allow us to add it to our links and lists of cool stuff.   If we cannot obtain their permission or make contact, then we will consider making our own version of it (NOT taking theirs and we will ALWAYS give credit where it is due) because we think it’s worth people knowing about.

Thirdly, most beekeeping related content falls into the “How To” category of things, which is awesome.  However, while we want people to see the “How To” or the advice or the great tips, tricks and hacks people have to share out there, we think there is something just as important and sometimes even more important to us that doesn’t get done nearly enough.

What is that, you ask?  Why it’s you.  It’s showing the people side of everything.  Sharing information about the “tech” side of things is all well and good, but to fully appreciate anything, it truly helps to see it in context of the experiences of the people who are doing these things.  I think this is where Bee Smart will shine brightest.  Bring the experiences and stories of the people in beekeeping and beekeeping related areas as well as what they are doing in regards to innovation, creation and education.

Do You Want To Learn About Bees, Beekeepers and Beekeeping?

Bringing The Bee Life To You

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is available to bring a special live and multimedia presentation to your school, organization or business in the Omaha/Metro area in Nebraska.

We have two options to offer depending on your needs.

Option 1:  Bee Educated

The Bee Smart beekeeping project will bring a combination of a live presentation with a video presentation to show participants about the incredible things bees and beekeepers do.  This presentation can last from 1 to 2 hours depending on group size.

We can bring a live portable bee display (bees cannot get out) only between May 1 and September 15th otherwise we have a photo and video display of a live bee hive and a selection of honey samples, beeswax item samples and plenty of useful, informative and useful information available to bring out all year long.

Cost for this interactive and entertaining presentation is based on number of participants.  Call Big Bear to schedule this exciting presentation at 402-370-8018 or email us at:

Option 2: Bee Adventurous

The Bee Adventurous presentation is designed to be a 4 to 8 hour presentation booth with a live observation hive of bees (bees cannot get out), a real professional beekeeper to talk with visitors to the booth and plenty of real honey and beeswax product samples.

Cost for this interactive and entertaining presentation is based on number of participants.  Call Big Bear to schedule this exciting presentation at 402-370-8018 or email us at:

December 2016 Marked 185 years Since Huber Passed Away

Francois Huber is one of the most notable beekeepers and bee researchers in all of beekeeping history.  His story is amazing.  Born in 1750 he began to go blind at about age 15.

He had a personal assistant named Francois Burnens and was married to Marie Lullin who acted as his proxy eyes in the field.

His most notable accomplishments include his book, “Nouvelles Observations sur les Abeilles” (New Observations Upon Bees” in 1792 with a second volume in 1814.

This past December marked 185 years since he died.  His research and writing however makes him an immortal in the world of modern beekeeping.

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Notable Note: Langstroth was a Christmas beeday

That’s right, the man commonly referred to as the “Father of modern beekeeping” was born on December 25th in 1810.

His (arguably) two most significant contributions to beekeeping being the observation of the 3/8″to 1/4″ bee space requirement between combs/frames and the mas produce-able Langstroth hive which kicked off a new era of beekeeping in the industrial age.

There were other beekeepers that influenced Langstroth’s hive but he is most certainly the man behind the turn of American, modern beekeeping.

Langstroth died October 6, 1895 but his hive’s influence has survived nearly 165 years since it’s design in 1852.  His personal influence on modern beekeeping may be nearly immortalized in comparison.

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