Articles about Beekeeping

With CCD and declining wild bee populations, more beekeepers now recognize the wisdom of adopting sustainable beekeeping practices to protect our most valuable pollinators. We like to encourage and acknowledge the efforts of the global beekeeping community and highlight educational initiatives for future beekeepers.

A selection of relevant gift items that we feel may be of interest or amusement are included with these articles.

BeeMate Beekeeping Work Bench – Build One or Buy One

BeeMate Beekeeping Work Bench - Build One  or Buy OneArticles

Now this looks like a good idea – a work bench custom-designed for beekeeping! This unique work bench was designed by a Canadian beekeeper and these woodworking plans are available from It’s 18 inches high and gives you somewhere to rest hive supers, & nuc boxes – it’s even designed to hold frames of […]

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Bees in Music – Side B: “Bee” Bands

Bees in Music - Side B: "Bee" BandsArticles

The music groups that have taken on a bee-themed name cover the musical spectrum from playing “olde tyme” Polka music to the Glam metal of the Sleeze Beez. As a musician whose played in more than a few bands, let me just say that coming up with a good name that all the band members […]

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Bees in Music – Side A: “Bee” Songs

Bees in Music - Side A: "Bee" SongsArticles

It all started with Beethoven. I could only jot down handful of ideas when I began my Beethoven-inspired mission of researching bees in music for this article. So I dug around a bit and came across a cluster of music distributors, songs and musical groups that have embraced bees in their name or as a […]

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Beekeeper’s Forecast: Swarm and Honey?

Beekeeper's Forecast: Swarm and Honey?Articles

Without a doubt, warm and sunny weather is ideal for maximizing bee populations and honey flows – but it’s also ideal for swarms! While most beekeeper’s hope for what I call “Swarm & Honey” weather during the peak honey flow, preventing swarms is the best way to maximize your honey production.

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The Bee Beard Experience

The Bee Beard ExperienceArticles

Wearing a beard of bees or “bee bearding” is a beekeeping amusement that goes back at least a couple hundred of years. Even non-beekeepers test their nerves and give it a try – just for the buzz.

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On Googling “Observation Hives”

On Googling "Observation Hives"Articles

Observation hives are fascinating and fun – watching “the girls” go about their business can capture your attention for hours. They’re also a great educational tool to help beekeepers to share their knowledge at schools, fairs and lectures. I Googled “Observation Hive” and came up with 138,000 results. That looked promising.

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Donation – Giving the Gift of Bees

Donation - Giving the Gift of BeesArticles

Did you know that you can give honeybees as gift? Actually it’s a much-needed investment in beekeepers in developing countries. And here’s the great part – you can make your donation as a gift in the name of that hard-to-buy-for beekeeper. If you’re a beekeeper, well…you may want to do this because it’s a wonderful […]

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Seldom Fools Apiculture and the Sustainable Revolution

Seldom Fools Apiculture and the Sustainable RevolutionArticles

Beekeepers Greg Hounsell and Gord Campbell, of Seldom Fools Apiculture are certainly no fools in our eyes. Their unconventional approach to sustainable beekeeping makes a lot of sense at a time when bees of all types are showing signs of stress and declining populations. So what’s their approach?

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Bear in the Beeyard!

Bear in the Beeyard!Articles

Bears love honeybees… but not in a good way. Anyone who’s seen the aftermath of a beeyard bear attack knows all too well the destructive force of these big brutes. But can you blame them? After all, a beehive makes the perfect meal for a hungry bear.

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The Pollinator

The PollinatorArticles

Yeah, I know. The bees are technically the “pollinators” but… In the past few years, the plight of the honeybee has captured headlines around the world. Maybe that’s why you’re reading this right now instead of alphabetizing that lint collection.

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The Unbearable Likeness of Beekeeping

The Unbearable Likeness of BeekeepingArticles

There’s tons of beekeeping information on the intertubes these days, but there’s no better way for new beekeepers to learn about bees than to attend field days. What’s a field day?

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Urban Beekeepers to the Rescue

Urban Beekeepers to the RescueArticles

Hurricane Irene had diminished to a tropical storm by the time she made landfall in New York City on August 28th, 2011, but she still packed a wallop that will be remembered for a long time. I have to admit I was totally caught by surprise when one of the top news stories of the […]

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