Posts Categorized: Around the Country

One Sunny Day

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/27/one-sunny-day/

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

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/24/colony-a-beekeeping-documentary-out-on-dvd/

  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

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/20/present/

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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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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Origins

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/07/origins/

On this blog, I will share the work I am doing with bee breeders in Northern California. However, I would to give a more complete story through a three-part blog of how I got here, what I am doing now, and where I hope this project will go. Origins Bee breeding if the most interesting…

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Weather in Northern California

https://beeinformed.org/2011/05/31/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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Travel

Traveling across the nation conducting field work has led me to many incredible places, introduced me to some remarkable people, and helped build several unbelievable experiences. The people, the places, and the things I’ve done here at Penn State have helped to create an insatiable taste for life and a broader perspective of the world…

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Packing for Sampling Trips

As Rob prepares to take one last trip to California (early May) to complete the field work for the National Honey Bee Survey I was reminded of this Gigapan. I chose to post this panorama because it illustrates the kind of thought and time that goes into our sampling trips. Keep in mind that this…

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