Privacy Policy Statement

Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

This policy was last modified on May 23, 2018

This policy covers both the comic site found at http://www.bbe-tech.com” and the store found at http://beesmart.bbe-tech.com. We also partner with Patreon for our subscriptions.. All of these partners have thorough privacy policies and do not resell the data you enter there. It is our intention to be fully GDPR compliant. Our servers and sites are primarily located outside the EU.

If you wish to remove your data from our site or our partners, please refer to the paragraph on opting out below or contact Tony Sandoval, DBA BBE-Tech and Bee Smart beekeeping project for individual assistance.

What information do we collect?

  • We collect information from you when you register on the site, place an order, enter a contest or sweepstakes, respond to a survey or communication such as e-mail, or participate in another site feature.
  • When ordering or registering, we may ask you for your name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, credit card information or other information. We require this information to fulfill orders. You may, however, visit our sites anonymously.
  • We also collect information about gift recipients so that we can fulfill the gift purchase. The information we collect about gift recipients is not used for marketing purposes.
  • Like many websites, we use “cookies” to enhance your experience and gather information about visitors and visits to our websites. Please refer to the “Do we use ‘cookies’?” section below for information about cookies and how we use them.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, purchase products, enter a contest or promotion, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

  • To personalize your site experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
  • To allow us to better respond to your customer service requests.
  • To quickly process your transactions.
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
  • If you have opted-in to receive our e-mail newsletter, we may send you periodic e-mails.

If you would no longer like to receive promotional e-mail from us, please refer to the “How can you opt-out, remove or modify information you have provided to us?” section below. If you have not opted-in to receive e-mail newsletters, you will not receive these e-mails. Visitors who register or participate in other site features such as marketing programs and ‘members-only’ content will be given a choice whether they would like to be on our e-mail list and receive e-mail communications from us.

For the membership or account portions of our site, we retain your data until you cancel your membership at which point it will be deleted. Or until your account has been inactive for longer than two years.

If you have specific questions or concerns about our use of your personal data, please email bigbear@bbe-tech.com We will be happy to identify exactly what data we have and to adjust our use of it as you wish.

How do we protect visitor information?

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. When you place orders or access your personal information, we offer the use of a secure server. All sensitive/credit information you supply is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our databases to be only accessed as stated above.

We only retain data as long as necessary to provide the services for which you provided the data.

Do we use “cookies”?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, you won’t have access to many features that make your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.

Do we disclose the information we collect to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information unless we provide you with advance notice and obtain your permission, except as described below. The term “outside parties” does not include Tony Sandoval DBA BBE-Tech and the Bee Smart beekeeping project. It also does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is necessary to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.

Non-personally identifiable visitor information, like aggregated statistical data, may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

How can you opt-out, remove or modify information you have provided to us?

To modify your e-mail subscriptions, you can use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email we send. Please note that due to email production schedules you may receive any emails already in production.

To opt out of Patreon,  or one of our future partners, go to that site and use their account cancellation procedures.

To opt out of membership on beesmart.bbe-tech.com please let us know by modifying your preferences in the “My Account” section.

To delete all of your shopping account information from our store database, sign into the “My Account” section of shop.schlockmercenary.com and remove your shipping addresses, billing addresses & payment information. Please note that we may maintain information about an individual sales transaction in order to service that transaction and for record keeping.

For assistance with any of these opt out choices, you may email bigbear@bbe-tech.com we will happily assist you in erasing any data you no longer wish us to have.

Alternately you may communicate via paper mail by sending a letter to:

Tony Sandoval DBA BBE-Tech & Bee Smart beekeeping project
2738 Madison St

Omaha, BE 68107

Your rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

  • Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting us at bigbear@bbe-tech.com.
  • Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) We will generally delete your personal information upon request.
  • Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, We will delete your personal information unless we have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
  • Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about our use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

Third party links

In an attempt to provide you with increased value, we may include third party links on our site. These linked sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites (including if a specific link does not work).

Changes to our policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page. Policy changes will apply only to information collected after the date of the change. We will maintain a listing of when the policy is updated at the beginning of the policy.

Questions and feedback

We welcome your questions, comments, and concerns about privacy. Please send us any and all feedback pertaining to privacy, or any other issue to bbe-tech.com

Online Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

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What The Beehooligans Are Doing On Feb 17th

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of setting up a teaching apiary at Scatter Joy Acres in the Florence area of Omaha.

Along with my Bee Smart Crew, we will be doing the work of setting up and operating a productive honey and beeswax producing apiary.  This allows includes opportunities for area beekeepers and beekeepers-to-be to have a place to get actual “hands-on” training and experience doing beekeeping things with guidance and supervision of experienced apiarists.

You can come down to Scatter Joy Acres this Saturday February 17th starting at 1pm to be an Intern or Apprentice and get some quality training and practice in.

You decide if you will mostly just watch and learn (an Intern) or if you will get hands-on (an Apprentice).  To participate as an Intern for one session is only $7.50 per intern.  To participate as an Apprentice for one session is only $15.00 per apprentice.

Everyone wins here.  You get valuable experience and instruction for a very reasonable price while Scatter Joy Acres gets an apiary on site to provide educational experiences and raise money.

This month we are building and repairing bee hives.

Afterwards, you can take advantage if already being there and support Scatter Joy Acres by taking a tour of the farm and visiting the animals that have been rescued.  (Only $5.00 which helps them keep things going).

Pragmatic Apiculture-Thriving Colonies Are Healthy Colonies – BBE-Tech

Over on my professional services website, I post more specifically on more esoteric topics specific to professional apiculture theory, concept, etc..

I like to post there going into more on the what’s and why’s of apicultural things over there.  Here at Bee Smart, the goal is to provide more applied information that can be used across the beekeeping spectrum.

Mostly what I cover over there is more classroom based content rather than “in-the-field” as this website is focused on.  In response to a question from a client of mine wanting to know what real purpose packages serve in apiculture, I wrote the following post.

Thriving colonies are healthy colonies and that’s the primary goal.

Source: Pragmatic Apiculture-Thriving Colonies Are Healthy Colonies – BBE-Tech

Genomic study explores evolution of gentle ‘killer bees’ in Puerto Rico

How cool is it when science and nature complement each other.

Love it when science happens.  Honey bee genetics, biology, physiology.  Especially when science shows us that natural adaptation happens.

Take a look at this journal article about the “Gentle” africanized bees that have been selected for in a specific and limited geographic area.

Source: Genomic study explores evolution of gentle ‘killer bees’ in Puerto Rico

Notable Apiarist, Roger Morse

When  first got serious about apiculture, Roger Morse became one of my first beekeeping “Notables”.  Mr Morse’s work has been truly influential in modern beekeeping.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

He was one of the first researchers to delve in-depth into the Varroa mites. Not only that, he had a good look at Small Hive Beetles as well.  Closely connected to Cornell University,  he has authored numerous research articles on any number of topics relating to beekeeping and was a contributor to that time of apicultural information, “ABC’s and XYZ’s of Beekeeping”, and the monthly beekeeping magazine, “Bee Culture”, among others.

He was influential to several of those we currently count on for new and important research.  People like Tom Seeley, author of “Honeybee Democracy”  for example.

The writing and presentation style of Roger Morse was persuasive to say the least.  At least to me.  I find his writing in particular to be familiar, friendly even.

One of his books in particular number among my favorites, “The New Complete Guide to Beekeeping”.

Cornell University press euligized Roger Morse and provided us with a far too brief but well done last look at his work.

Ooh, They’re talking about the taxonomy of africanized honey bees

This is honey bee taxonomy week.  As an interesting sideroad for All Hallow’s Eve I thought we’d visit the Smithsonian Institute taxonomy page on the “Killer Bees”.  (Click on the photo to visit their page and read the very interesting article.)

A.m. scutellata Queen and attendants

Africanized honeybees are descended from stocks that evolved in the tropics and, as such, are ill-equipped to withstand prolonged cold winters. They are believed to be limited to tropical and subtropical habitats.

Monochrome Terrorists

Do your hives stay out near a wooded area where skunks hang out?   Next time you go out to check your hives and the bees are behaving just absolutely nasty, check them out.  Does the population of the colony seem weak?  Are there scratch marks near the entrance?  There’s a pretty good chance that a skunk has been terrorizing your hive by scratching at the entrance and eating your bees.  No wonder they’re so nasty.  Gee thanks you striped punk.

Skunk skulking around hives

Junkyard Grubbers

Junkyard Grubbers

Those late Summer pests, Wax Moths, lay their eggs in the wax of the combs.  the larvae emerge and eat the wax from the brood sections of the hive.  This is because they (the wax moth larvae) get most of their nutrition from various impurities found in brood comb wax and in order to get to that junk, they eat the wax too.

Wax Moth larvae on brood comb.

 

 

 

How to Bee Real

So, you talk a big game about being down for the environment and how you got our beneficial pollinators backs.  Do you put your money where your mouth is though?  Do you go further than money and put your actual effort into it?

If you’re a beekeeper, then you have the creds.  You are making it happen.  But for everyone who isn’t a beekeeper, what about you?

Now, not everyone who is interested in bee conservation wants to be a beekeeper.  Just like not every beekeeper is solely focused on honey bees.  We have apiarists who manage mason bees, bumblebees, honey bees and more.

A person concerned about the environment and beneficial pollinator bees doesn’t have to be a beekeeper either.  But if not a beekeeper, what can you do to “bee real” in the bee conservation effort?

You can do any, some or all of the things listed below.

Big Bear’s List of Ways to Bee Involved

  1. Become a hobby beekeeper or professional apiarist.
    1. If you already are or are just getting started, YOU ROCK!
  2. Hire an Apiarist to manage an apiary for you.
    1. Just Beecause you don’t manage the bees yourself doesn’t mean you can’t have bees and have your own honey and beeswax to use for home or business purposes.
  3. Provide support to research into keeping bees alive, healthy and thriving.
    1. For ground level research, you can’t go wrong by supporting Randy Oliver at his website.  He does awesome work not only doing the research but by making it accessible directly to hobbyists and apiarists himself.
  4. Provide support to education and training efforts that increase awareness, teach and train people about bees and beekeeping.
    1. Yes, you can sponsor someone to take classes or begin a training program like the Apiarist Apprentice Trade program at BBE-Tech Apiary Services in Omaha, NE.
  5. Offer a location for a hobby beekeeper or professional apiarist to establish an apiary.
    1. If there’s one thing bees and beekeepers need most, it’s quality places to set up and maintain an apiary.
  6. Buy from a local beekeeper.
    1. Whether it’s honey, beeswax items, or any of the hundreds of delicious and awesome things made from honey and other hive products, supporting local beekeepers means supporting local bee conservation.
    2. Check your local Farmers Markets.  Not only are beekeepers there selling their stuff but all kinds of local growers whose crops got help from pollinating bees are too.
  7. Implement an IPM plan in your lawn care and gardening activity.
    1. Integrated Pest Management is perhaps the best way to prevent our beneficial pollinators from being unnecessarily exposed to toxic pesticides.
    2. The Label Is The Law!  Mix and apply ANY pesticides you use exactly as the label describes.  Not more, not different.  You don’t need to dump a gallon of weed killer on a single dandelion.
  8. Bee an advocate for bees and beekeeping in your community.
    1. There are many cities and towns that don’t appreciate, understand or “get” all the benefits to bees and beekeeping locally.  Even if you don’t intend to have your own hives, you CAN bee a proponent for bees and beekeeping at town council meetings, neighborhood associations, city, county and state elections, etc…

So, this list above is a good start.

Whatever you do, DON’T just be someone who talks about environmental and bee conservation issues but doesn’t actually do anything about it.  The world is full of fakes and phonies.  We and the bees need you to Bee Real.