Posts Tagged: Weather

Gardening for Pollinators

http://beeinformed.org/2013/04/gardening-for-pollinators/

Warm weather is just around the corner which makes this the perfect time of year to begin planting a garden. Working in the garden is relaxing, a great form of exercise and adds to aesthetics of your yard, plus you get lots of yummy home-grown veggies! But why stop here? Knock two birds out with…

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2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/2012-smithsonian-folklife-festival/

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual festival held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that celebrates cultural diversity and traditions. The USDA Bee Research Lab was asked to participate this year as part of the theme “Campus and Community”. The festival commemorated the 150th anniversary of USDA and land-grant universities. Abraham Lincoln signed…

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Queen Season

http://beeinformed.org/2012/03/queen-season/

It is queen producing season! The first grafts happened late February and now thousands and thousands of nucs (mini colonies) are scattered across the Sacramento Valley. Normally, how it works is the beekeepers make up the tiny colonies with about a spam can of bees (that is the actual measurement in a few cases), put…

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Bees in bare almonds

http://beeinformed.org/2012/02/bees-in-bare-almonds/

Right now, beekeepers are pretty much done with moving bees across the country and into the almonds. The beekeepers we work with are doing the same thing – moving colonies from their different yard locations across Northern California into the almonds. Now, everyone is anxiously awaiting bloom. The Blue Diamond Almond company has a website…

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Raindrops

http://beeinformed.org/2011/09/raindrops/

Once again, the inspiration for this post comes from a weather pattern that has caused astir in the area as rain pelts the east coast causing major flooding, major power outages, traffic delays, and host of other issues. Even here at the USDA the rain has produced some scary looking brown puddles spilling out of…

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Long, Hot Summer

http://beeinformed.org/2011/08/long-hot-summer/

The heat wave that has blanketed most of the country this summer has everyone talking or rather complaining. While we worried about the toll it would take on our gardens, elderly, animals and our poor air conditioners I wondered what it would do to our bees? I am pretty sure there are no air conditioned…

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Yellow Star Thistle

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/1272/

Since arriving here we have had the chance to meet and talk with a few of the beekeepers that we will be working with all year. We talked about many things including their bees, their operations, and the weather. The one reoccurring theme with all of them was talk of yellow star thistle. The yellow…

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Weather in Northern California

http://beeinformed.org/2011/05/weather-in-northern-california/

Beekeepers are farmers. And like other types of farmers, beekeepers depend. on the weather. And this was a particularly stressful year for weather. Queen season started out with temperatures much lower than normal and rainy in February and March. The problem with the poor weather is the queens that normally would go out and mate…

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Catching Queens

http://beeinformed.org/2011/04/catching-queens/

This week I spent some time with Leonard Pankratz and his crew catching queens. It was a bit chilly and cloudy in the morning, but about noon the clouds parted and it got to be about 75 and sunny. I worked in a sleeve-less shirt and veil-less along side Linda Pankratz. After the unseasonably cold and…

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