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Wild Bee ID App

Wild Bee ID App

This app promises to be your "go-to wild bee ID app and pollinator-friendly planting guide"

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Unpacking Beehives After Winter

Open in the Spring and diagnose any colony deaths
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 2:46 PM

With Spring approaching, it is time to start planning your next steps in hive care and maintenance.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/beekeeping/bees-in-winter-ze0z1601zbay.aspx

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Mason Bees

How to Raise and Attract
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 6:06 PM

The mason bee namesake comes from their habit of sealing their nests with mud. They typically nest in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by wood-boring insects. The blue orchard mason bee and the hornfaced mason bee are the most common here in Central Pennsylvania, although there are many. Mason bees are excellent pollinators in the early spring when many fruit trees are blooming. They are more efficient pollinators than honeybees and they only travel up to 300 feet from their nests, so if you grow mason bees close to your food forest, they will be there. » Read more

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Know Your Honey

What you should know about honey before you buy it
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:12 AM

Get familiar with what to look out for when buying honey (ensure it is actually honey) and make sure you are getting a high quality, raw and unadulterated product for your preps and daily consumption. 

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/what-you-should-know-about-honey-you-buy-it.html

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The EPA Is Full Of Idiots

The EPA Is Full Of Idiots

With decisions this dumb, it will be a miracle if we have any bees left soon

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Suicide By Pesticide

What the honey bee die-off means for humanity
Friday, May 22, 2015, 11:18 AM

As you are aware, honey bees have been suffering from something called colony collapse disorder. In practice what this means is that the bees simply vanish from their hives leaving behind their most precious worldly possessions, honey and larvae.

Killing off organisms in an ecosystem using indiscriminate biocides is quite literally a slow form of suicide for us humans. As within, so without.  You cannot poison and kill of the world around you without poisoning and killing yourself.

Simply put: We are killing ourselves. And the data is literally horrifying. » Read more

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Where to Place Your Bee Hives

Tips for finding the right spot for your hive
Monday, March 23, 2015, 10:58 AM

I decided to get a couple of bee hives to help with pollination, support the dwindling bee population, and eventually harvest a little honey and honeycomb. My first concern was where is the best place to locate a hive? There are some general rules of thumb, which are beneficial, although none are an absolute necessity. » Read more

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New 'Flow Hive'

New 'Flow Hive'

Introducing the most awesome beehive ever

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Flow Hive

Flow Hive

Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive
Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:25 PM

Check out this new and innovative honey bee frame design that allows for easy access and extraction of honey from the hive.  The Flow Hive design team have now launched their Indiegogo funding page that will give you more information and the opportunity to invest and acquire the first flow hive systems. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive

Also check out our Beekeeping Group page to learn and exchange ideas.

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Scientists discover what’s killing the bees

and it’s worse than you thought
Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:10 PM

A new study and data set that points to the causes of the recent massive die off of honey bees and CCD. Take notice and take action to protect these most important pollinators.

http://qz.com/107970/scientists-discover-whats-killing-the-bees-and-its-worse-than-you-thought/