Bee Smart Update: 2-11-17

Yes, it’s a day late but NOT a dollar short.

Since the last update we’ve continued to add great new content on the Bee Smart website here.

Episode 5 of the Bee Smart Weekly podcast came out.  Guest podcaster was John Winkler from the Papio-Missouri River NRD was in the studio with us talking about bee friendly large scale land management.

After that we showed a Bee Smart video tour of the Sioux City, IA Dadant Bee Supplies and talked with General Manager Jim Raders.  Bee Crew member Antnee G picked up his first beekeeping gear also.

A really spiffy article about honey bee behaviors as they relate to age and specificity was posted.

To boot, since this update is a day late, I’ll toss you a link to the freshest podcast release just today (the podcasts are released on the website every Saturday for those who don’t want to wait.)  This podcast invites Dean Stiglitz of “Complete Idiot’s Guide To Beekeeping” notoriety to talk about beekeeping books with us.

As always, we had several other posts and links to news about bees and beekeeping across the internet, Usually with a bit of an editorial to introduce it.

Please remember to check the Bee Smart website frequently and feel most welcome to sign up and help us build the community on the Forums there as well.

There’s A New Sheriff Around Here

Congratulations are in order.  Big Bear got the great idea to hire an Editor-In-Chief to handle the Bee Smart website.  So beecause I proved myself so handy at beeing a, well let’s face it, I was a mascot, I have been given a shot at running the whole show here.

Life as a drone isn’t all that it’s cracked up to bee.  Yes, I know I’m small for a drone and yes, he makes me wear that prosthetic stinger.   Still , it’s significantly better than life in the hives.  Sure, there’s all the hang time with the fellas and you get to hang out in pretty much any hive you want.  It’s kind of like what you call living like a rock star.  All the girls giving you attention, free food whenever you want, crash anyplace, chasing all the best bee girls, every one of them is like a queen.

Oh sure, we die when we finally manage to catch up and spend some quality time with one of those queens.  But hey, what a way to go, am I right?

But then, oh they don’t tell you about this when you crawl out of the cell day one.  Oh no, when the weather goes cold, it’s like zombee apocalypse time for drones in the hive.  It’s like every single worker is out to kill you.  IT’S CRAZY I SAY!!!

So, thanks, but no thanks.  I found my way out of that craziness and landed a sweet job working for Big Bear here at Bee Smart as the “Public Relations Representative”.  Yeah, I was a mascot.  That’s alright though.  I’ve been reading and watching all kinds of fascinating documentaries on people.  This YouTube thing is wild.  You humans are a trip.

So here I am, the new Editor-in-Chief of Bee Smart beekeeping project.  On the surface, my main job is to keep everyone informed and entertained.  “Keep the content flowing like honey.” is what the Bear told me.

Beehind the scenes though, really, have you ever tried to keep a bunch of A Type personality beekeepers like the bunch we have here on task?  It’s like herding Aphids.  No cooperation at all, I’m here ta tell ya.

I think you’ll like what we have planned in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead.  Lot’s of news captured from the web, curated and posted here for you.  Original articles on anything and everything to do with bees, beekeepers and beekeeping and anything else like honey, beeswax, woodworking, gardening for bees…  You get what I mean.

Of course we can’t forget the podcasts.  Or the videos.  Let’s not forget the monthly newsletter for Patrons too.  Whew.  I just started this job and I’m already tired just thinking about it.  I don’t know now if it was a promotion or punishment.

 

Welcome to 2017 and the Bee Smart beekeeping project content kickoff

This is the moment we have been waiting for for almost three months now.  The content kickoff for this, the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

We have been recording podcasts, creating videos and working on download-able content to help people interested in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping to be successful in their individual efforts.  Now we are here at last!

This week, we will post the very first official Bee Smart Weekly Podcast.  The weekly podcasts will in fact be posted every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. CST.

This first week of January 2017 will also see the post of the first bee Smart beekeeping book review.  All scheduled feature articles will be posted on Thursdays.

Yes, we do have a video ready to release this week as well.  That video and all featured video content will be posted to our YouTube channel and linked here to the website on Tuesday mornings.  There may be some extra video content posted occasionally in between times, but the featured and planned content is scheduled for Tuesday release.

We already have some useful downloadable documents in pdf format on the Downloads page here.  There is an Apiarist plan form, which is designed to help beekeepers know upfront what their beekeeping goals, objectives, strategies and tactics will be for the upcoming year.  Having an Apiarist Plan is helpful in knowing what kind of materials, equipment, etc… as well as what and how you plan to do to handle critical issues in your beekeeping BEFORE you have to figure those things out at the last second, often too late.

There is an Apiary plan form ready to download as well.  This form helps beekeepers know the details for what they plan to have and do in each location they will be keeping bees in.  Again, with good planning ahead of time, this can help beekeepers respond to issues better, sooner and more effectively.

Thirdly, there is the Bee Smart Hive Inspection form that beekeepers can download and print out.  This is a three page form that walks the beekeeper through each phase of a hive inspection in the order of the inspection process.  A great help to new beekeepers not sure when to do something or what to do.  This is also beneficial to experienced beekeepers as a way to help stay on track with an inspection and to not forget or overlook any details that might not get looked at due to becoming pre-occupied or otherwise distracted.  That happens easily when you have a box full of sting capable honey bees in front of you.

There will be more useful resources made available as time goes on for you to download and make use of.  Books in pdf format, planning forms, guides and other vastly useful materials.

Welcome to the new year and enjoy the adventure here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

Help Us Bee Witty

We are planning on making Bee Smart merchandise available.  These will be useful items beekeepers can use to bee more effective and look good while doing it.

Bee Smart merchandise will help us maintain the resources necessary to bring the best quality content to you on the video program and in the podcasts as well as through the website.

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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.