We Bee Painting

We had a great time doing bee themed paintings at the event this past Saturday at Cheers Paint and Sip in Omaha, NE.  The painting was of a bumblebee in a field of flowers (for most of us, others got uber-creative) which we dedicated to the Rusty Patched Bumblebees which were recently placed on the Endangered Species list.

Here is a photo of our participants and their excellent works of art.  One of their paintings will grace the header photo of this website for the month of February.  The video and results post will be out soon so you can see all the creative fun that was had in the name of bees.

Image by Heather Bell of Cheers Paint & Sip

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

According to Chris Mullin, professor of entomology, Penn State, adjuvants in general greatly improve the efficacy of pesticides by enhancing their toxicities.

Source: Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

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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Bee Smart Presents…Bee Creative at Cheers Paint and Sip in Omaha, NE

What

Bee an artist!  The Bee Smart project wants to do more than just provide people with information.  We want to share experiences.  One of the best ways to create unique bee related experiences is to stimulate the creative flow within people.

When

On Saturday January 14th from 1 to 4 pm as part of a unique arrangement set-up with an equally unique local small business, Bee Smart is excited to present to everyone and anyone interested in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping a chance to bee creative and share this truly awesome opportunity.

Where

Cheers Paint and Sip is a terrific little place doen the street from Lo Sole Mio Restaurant at 3052 S 32 St.  Heather and her talented, friendly helpers will bee ready and waiting to help you bee an artist and have a great time.

How

As part of a select special event and at a very special rate just for our patrons, friends and supporters (only $20.00 per person and you get to take your painting home with you!), we invite you to come and create a bee themed painting while you relax with a special beverage (there is an open bar for our wine and spirits appreciating friends Participants MUST bee 18 or older to participate and coffee, tea and other beverages on hand.  The bar is a cash bar so bee prepared).  You do NOT have to be a beekeeper to participate in this special activity, you just have to love and support bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

The creative specialists at Cheers will see to it that you have a great time and leave with a bee-autiful piece of art that you make yourself.  All the while, the Bee Smart camera will be rolling to share the experience on one of our unique video show presentations.  (Don’t bee worried, if you don’t want to bee on camera, you don’t have to)  One of the undoubtedly incredible paintings will be chosen to bee the Image of The Month for February 2017 on this Bee Smart website.

The original painting you will bee making your own version of looks like the one below…

image courtesy of Cheers Paint and Sip. All rights reserved.

Please go to: Cheers Paint and Sip Registration page to save spaces for you and your beemigos to enjoy some painting, some wine (or not) and a lot of fun.  Spaces are limited.

The activity starts exactly at 1:00 pm so please bee prepared to arrive a little early to get settled in and ready to relax.

The Bee Smart Project Video Show

Not only do we have the website and the podcasts getting geared up for our community.  We have a monthly, to start out with anyway, video show that will include great action from our content creator team.

The Bee Smart show will kind of, sort of, bee themed after the “Ask This Old House” show that airs on PBS.  At the same time, it will definitely bee its own thing.

We have brought together a team of beekeepers ranging from brand new hobbyists to experienced professionals and experiences in-beetween.   Each of us bringing a special segment or more tot he show that will focus on something that relates to bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

I can say that personally, I will be bringing the Bee Smart to visit different people, places and groups having to do with beekeeping.  I will bee visiting various beekeeping clubs and associations to show you what different groups are up to and some of the great people who are members of these groups.

I will also take us “backstage” to different places, businesses and operations having to do with all different aspects of bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.  From the warehouses and stores of beekeeping equipment businesses to university functioning educational apiaries and then off to visit the people who use the products of the hive like beeswax soap and candle makers, people who make honey based products and do things with pollen and propolis.

Other members of the Bee Smart beekeeper team will show you How-To tips and take you along as they explain the activities they are involved in beekeeping.  From building equipment to doing live removals or pollinating fields and anything else we can find a way to bring to you.

We will be doing reviews of technology, products and equipment used in beekeeping.  (we encourage people who would like to see our team members try their products out on the show to send them to us for reviewing.  All items sent in for review will be passed along to contest winners and for special patrons rewards (unless otherwise specified by the sender, but we cannot guarantee return of review items sent in.)

There are so many cool things we want to show to you that it just can’t all bee contained in a few episodes.  We are in this for the long haul and we need your help to make it happen.  We want you as a Patron, to help us provide the best quality and content we are able to.  When you sign up as a Patron of the Bee Smart project, you are helping us have the right equipment, get to the places we need to bee and bee at our best to give you our best each and every episode.

Visit the Bee Smart Patreon page and become a Patron today to help us bee our best so that we can help you to bee your best for years to come.

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.