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Jazz is Music to His Ears, But So Are the Bees

- February 1, 2017 - Kathy Keatley Garvey - UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology

He’s been beekeeping and playing the clarinet for 69 years.

Meet Norman Gary, a UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology who retired in 1994 after a 32-year academic career.  As an apiculturist and researcher, he authored scores of peer-reviewed publications, and most recently wrote a how-to-book, The Honey Bee Hobbyist: the Care and Keeping of Bees.

Gary, now 83 and a resident of Citrus Heights, doesn’t keep bees anymore. “I had to give up hobby beekeeping in 2015,” he said, “because the equipment is too heavy for me to lift.”

Now he feeds wild bees in his yard like some folks do wild birds. And he feeds the birds, too. “They share feeders with …