Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lights, Camera, Action!

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This past Monday two, large packages arrived at the USDA bearing my name. I had been expecting them for some time now and was ready to fight with their contents and win (and I think I have). Let me back up a second, when I first I arrived at the USDA I was told one…

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Moving West and Settling In

This panorama of Badlands National Park was taken about 2000 miles into our trip from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Chico, California. Rob Snyder and I were moving to Chico to join Katie Lee for a chance to work with some of the best beekeepers/breeders and scientists in the country. We left Pennsylvania Monday June 13, 2011…

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Future

There is so much we can do in the future. During the formation of the BeeInformed Partnership, Dennis approached Marla about taking the Bee Team under its umbrella. Dennis wanted people on the ground to work hands-on with beekeepers in northern California. Marla and I were all too excited at the prospect of being a…

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One Sunny Day

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I knew it was coming. Eventually I would have to face it. I had anticipated the day for many months and at the same time I had also feared it. It happened last Tuesday morning without any warning—I finally went out into the field.  Since I mainly work in the lab, I have never had…

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Colony, a Beekeeping Documentary out on DVD

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  Get out your popcorn. Film directors Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell’s bee movie “Colony” is out on DVD. Avoiding the quirky approach of “Vanishing of the Bees”, Carter and Ross allow you to experience the reality of California beekeepers facing threats of Colony Collapse Disorder and the declining US economy in 2008-2009. Certainly not…

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Present

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I never thought I would get sick of listening to classic rock, but I did on the three day drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chico, CA on a road trip with my dad. It is his favorite music, and since he was generous to come with me we listened to whatever he wanted. It was…

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Beekeeping and The Way of the Ninja

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I love books.  I love the way they feel in your hands and the way they smell, but more importantly, I love them for the places that they take us, how they bring people together and all that we learn along the way.  As a mother, I make it a priority to pass on this…

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Can Man Survive on Water and Pollen Alone?

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Back in November while presenting at the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Meeting, I was asked, what I believed at the time, to be an unusual question. I was about to walk away from the podium when someone shouted, “have you ever eaten honey bee pollen?!” I was confused, thinking to myself “why would I do that?” When…

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California Bound

There are so many things that have been said and written about the state of California; the people, the places, the lifestyle…Growing up in Pennsylvania I have always dreamed of living in California.  In just a few hours Rob and I will begin the 2800 mile drive from Allentown, PA to Chico, CA. This past…

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Removing Bees from a Tree

Working in Extension brings unusual opportunities to create educational materials. Here we created a video about about a question we receive frequently. And then, I added some detail and the video to our most viewed Frequently Asked Question about bees on eXtension.org: “I have honey bees in a tree. Can I remove them and keep…

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