Category — Bees
“Bee populations are diminishing due to human impact”
By Mark L. Winston
Harvard University Press
Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes—from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe. Bee Time presents Winston’s reflections on three decades spent studying these creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world.
September 15, 2014 Comments Off
A patch of lavender in a city centre sees more bumblebees than a patch in the country, according to preliminary results from a citizen science project
By Jonathan Webb
Sept 9, 2014
“Within cities, there are fewer floral resources,” said Dr Michael Pocock from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, who led the analysis of the data with colleague Dr Helen Roy.
“And so one of the likely explanations is that there’s a concentration effect – the bumblebees in the area are concentrated on floral resources which are provided through pots of lavender and beds of lavender.”
That isn’t necessarily bad news, Dr Roy added, because it suggests that planting more flowers in cities will help boost bumblebee numbers.
September 13, 2014 Comments Off
A Celebration Of The Busy Bees Who Pollinate The City That Never Sleeps
Honey-themed dinners featuring Chefs Angelo Romano & Katy Peetz as well as Max Sussman at The Cleveland
Honey tastings at Brooklyn Grange and Murray’s Cheese (with Marina Marchese)
A honey cooking class with Rebekah Peppler at Haven’s Kitchen
August 24, 2014 Comments Off
Fréchette also has his eye on the parcel of land west of Centre Block that famously used to foster stray felines.
August 5, 2014
Still, those hardy bees are hours away from Fréchette’s long-time residence in the nation’s capital, a distance that has turned the policy wonk into a wannabe urban farmer, one among a growing class of city dwellers who hope to bring the charms of the hinterland—be it chickens or bees—into heavily populated neighbourhoods. But he doesn’t hope to restrict bees to his own backyard: Fréchette wants to make a home for them on Parliament Hill. He says a rooftop in the area would make an ideal home for an apiary, similar to the sky-high hives atop the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto or the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Laureen Harper might approve. The Prime Minister’s wife recently appeared stoic during a run-in with the Royal York’s famous bees.)
August 22, 2014 Comments Off
“Just having the community garden here is great, but having the hives here and the awareness that it raises about pollinators and the challenges facing honeybees is something else again,” said Melissa Howey.
By Randy Shore
July 14, 2014
“We think these workshops are a great way to engage with the gardeners and with the public about honeybees and native pollinators as well,” said Shannon Common, community liaison with Hives for Humanity. “The gardens, the hives and the living walls we have been making here are a great demonstration of innovative use of urban space.”
Hives for Humanity maintains 40 of the garden boxes to act as a pollinator meadow, and a herb garden that is open to about 90 registered gardeners.
July 15, 2014 Comments Off
31,200 square-foot Northlands Urban Farm – 80,000 honey bees
By Trevor Robb
June 25, 2014
Joining the 31,200 square-foot Northlands Urban Farm — initiated in May in partnership with local companies Shovel & Fork and Lactuca Corp. — and its six linear miles of salad greens are four beehives, containing over 80,000 honey bees.
The urban beekeeping operation, which consists of four boxes with 10 frames inside, will be overseen by local beekeeper Patty Milligan. She is hoping to cultivate 60 to 120 pounds of dandelion honey this year and almost four times that in following years.
July 6, 2014 Comments Off
With host Sheri Frey
Guest Michael Levenston
June 22, 2014
Since 1979 Sheri has been co-owner and vice president of ARBICO Organics. ARBICO Organics produces and markets organic and natural products for home, business, garden, lawn, farm and pets. Products include beneficial insects and organisms, fertilizers and soil amendments, weed and disease controls, composting supplies, insecticides, critter controls, horse care, traps, lures, pheromones, botanicals and more.
June 23, 2014 Comments Off
Chelsea Smith, a research assistant at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, sets up a kit that volunteers use in their gardens to track pollination. Photo by Tom Dodge, Dispatch.
Ohio State research project enlists ‘citizen scientists’ to see how pollinators affect their urban fruit, vegetable gardens
By Jessica White
The Columbus Dispatch
May 11, 2014
Thousands of seeds have been planted, and amateur scientists across the state are ready to step into their laboratories, also known as their backyards.
Soon, about 2,400 sunflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers and banana peppers will sprout in this study on pollination.
June 18, 2014 Comments Off
Today, Hives for Humanity manages 72 hives throughout downtown Vancouver and has a supply of rich, raw honey it sells to sustain the project.
By Alessandra Naccarato
May 1, 2014
The heart is a hive named Elizabeth. It was the first one they set up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), back in June 2012. They didn’t expect it to produce honey but wanted to share the experience of beekeeping, believing it could be “a powerful way to pull people out of their chaos.”
Against expectation, Elizabeth created 40 litres of honey that summer, twice the amount of Julia’s hives on pristine farmland near Tsawwassen. More than that, community members showed a talent for beekeeping and were leading peer workshops in apiculture by September. Today, Hives for Humanity manages 72 hives throughout downtown Vancouver and has a supply of rich, raw honey it sells to sustain the project.
June 10, 2014 Comments Off
Travel video showing honey used by hotel chefs
By Ashley Day
The next wave in the urban agriculture trend…make that swarm…is here: Hotel honeybees housed in on-site apiaries.
April 20, 2014 Comments Off
The Sixth-Annual White House Garden Planting
By Elyse Cohen
White House Blog
Apr 3, 2014
Yesterday, the First Lady welcomed local students and FoodCorps leaders on the South Lawn for the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen Garden. The garden was first planted in 2009 to commence a nationwide conversation on healthy eating and inspired the First Lady to launch Let’s Move!
At this year’s planting, the First Lady hosted the founders of FoodCorps, a program dedicated to teaching our nation’s children about healthy food while ensuring they have access to it during the school day.
April 11, 2014 Comments Off
Study suggests a honeybee disease might be spilling over into wild bee populations in the U.K.
By Kerry Grens
February 19, 2014
Deformed wing virus (DMV), a disease that affects commercial honeybees, can also infect wild bumblebees and shorten their life span, researchers report today (February 19) in Nature. Given the overlapping geographical distribution of the disease among honeybees and bumblebees in the U.K., the authors conclude that the virus is likely spilling over from commercial hives into wild populations.
March 1, 2014 Comments Off
The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home
By Philips Design
The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.
The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.
February 28, 2014 Comments Off
Researchers from Canada found two species of urban leafcutter bees, pictured, have started using small pieces of plastic as a substitute for plant resins in their nests. In both cases, larvae successfully developed and were free from parasites. The study claims this means the plastic could be making the nests more secure.
“We found two solitary bee species using plastic in place of natural nest-building materials, which suggests innovative use of common urban materials.”
Scott MacIvor/Andrew Moore
University of Guelph
February 11, 2014
Once the snow melts, Canada’s bee population will be back in business — pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste.
A new study by a University of Guelph graduate and a U of G scientist reveals that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The research was published recently in the journal Ecosphere.
February 20, 2014 Comments Off
Mrs Kerkham said the hive had been installed to increase the pollination of fruit and vegetables at the garden
By Dominic Bareham
December 27, 2013
She believed the raid had been carried out by at least two people who knew how to handle hives as there was no evidence of any damage or dead bees on the ground and therefore she thought the colony had been stolen to order.
The hive may have been carried out through a gap in the fence, though she said residents living near to the garden may not have had any reason to be suspicious if they had seen people walking through the garden with the hive.
January 8, 2014 Comments Off