Hive Survives the California Camp Fire
On Thursday morning November the 8th, we woke up to the beginning of the Camp Fire. Within a very short time, maybe less than an hour, we had to evacuate our home with all the pets we could gather and the clothes on our back. Sadly, we had to leave our hive behind as there just wasn’t time to save them. We lost our home, my car and the Veterinary Hospital I worked for also burned. Needless to say, I was so happy to see them flying in and out of the hive when we were finally able to get up there yesterday!
My mother works at the Chico Police Dept, and we were able to get an escort up there to retrieve our remaining goats, chicken, one cat and 3 of my turtles, but there wasn’t time to get the hive. Not to mention, all of my and my husband’s beekeeping supplies burned in the house, so even if I had time I didn’t have the equipment. This morning I called Olivarez Honey Bees (OHB) in Orland to see if they could gain access to my property and get those ladies to somewhere where there is something to eat. This is still a developing story as OHB is going to call me back this afternoon with a plan. I have many pictures of our escape out of town, as well as our property after the fire that I took yesterday. If you are interested in more details let me know. I’m just so overjoyed that they survived, I wanted to share this good news with everyone!
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This e-mail is in response to the recent article titled “Precision pollination“ in ABJ. The following two sentences caught my special attention:
– They are able to train bees to forage on specific crops more efficiently, simply by feeding the colonies crop-scented syrup before moving them into the fields.
– The idea is that when the researchers spike colonies‘ feeders with these blends, the bees‘ foraging decisions should be biased towards those crops.
The catchy term “precision pollination“ describes this behavior very well, however, it is not a new idea. Did you know that von Frisch published in 1947 a 189 page book titled “Duftgelenkte Bienen im Dienste der Landwirtschaft und Imkerei“ (= Odor guided honeybees in the service of agriculture and beekeeping)? In this book von Frisch published the results of his work on ….