|Beekeeper Lynn Wilson presents honeybee awareness |
and ways of "bringing nature home"
at the DCGC 2015 Joint Meeting.
|Flight Path raised over $18K on Kickstarter.com |
to create a honeybee sanctuary at Seattle's Sea-Tac airport.
Flight Path raises healthy local bees on neglected airport land
and presents a year-long art & education exhibit for 34M people.
- There is some evidence that honey bees cause native bees to forage less efficiently, but no evidence yet that this has reduced native bee populations.
- There is some evidence that exotic bees prefer exotic flowers which gives those flowers ... which may be serious weeds... a competitive advantage.
- And at least ONE honey bee virus has jumped to native bumble bees.
- In Europe there is still a NATIVE honey bee but large scale migratory beekeeping and trading in queen bees has exposed the NATIVE honey bee to inbreeding...leading to the loss of genetic traits shaped by natural selection. The NATIVE honey bees are mating with commercially-managed bees reducing the gene pool.
|Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip trees) are the best source |
of honeybee nectar in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
- Liz Lindsey is finishing up the last stages of the NC State Beekeepers Association's Master Beekeeper program. She is particularly articulate explaining the various pressures and stresses jeopardizing the honey bees.
- Donna Devanney is one of the founders of the Durham Beekeeper's Association. She keeps bees at Duke Garden, Duke Farm and West Point at the Eno, so she has experience beekeeping in public spaces. She was also an important participant in the 2009 ordinance change allowing beekeeping in Durham.
- At the 2014 July meeting of North Carolina State Beekeepers, I heard a senior from NC State, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, talk about Bull City Bees ... a model for bringing honeybees to urban areas ... and largest observation hive in North Carolina is now located on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. I encourage you to visit.
- And visit the NC Zoo’s Bee Exhibit too. Other members of NC State Beekeepers and I are volunteer exhibit interpreters one day each month.
Good resources for more of your adventures with honey bees and native pollinators ...
- Matthew Yearout-President and Beekeeper for American Tobacco Campus bees Matthew Yearout <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Liz Lindsey-is very articulate on the stresses on bees. Liz Lindsey <email@example.com>
- Donna Devanney-helped Durham get beekeeping approved by ordinance and keeps bees in public spaces like West Point and Duke Gardens. Donna Devanney <firstname.lastname@example.org>