Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston

By Mark L. Winston

Being between bees is a full-body adventure, Mark Winston writes—from the low hum of tens of hundreds of thousands of bugs and the smelly odor of honey and beeswax, to the sight of staff flying backward and forward among plants and the hive. The event of an apiary slows our experience of time, heightens our understanding, and conjures up awe. Bee Time offers Winston’s reflections on 3 a long time spent learning those creatures, and at the classes they could train approximately how people may well greater have interaction with each other and the traditional world.

Like us, honeybees signify a top of animal sociality. How they submerge person wishes into the colony collective offers a lens during which to contemplate human societies. Winston explains how bees procedure details, constitution paintings, and converse, and examines how company boardrooms are utilizing bee societies as a version to enhance collaboration. He investigates how bees have altered our figuring out of agricultural ecosystems and the way city planners want to bees in designing extra nature-friendly cities.

the connection among bees and other people has no longer regularly been benign. Bee populations are diminishing as a result of human influence, and we won't manage to pay for to disregard what the loss of life of bees tells us approximately our personal tenuous association with nature. poisonous interactions among insecticides and bee illnesses were really destructive, foreshadowing comparable results of insecticides on human overall healthiness. there's a lot to benefit from bees in how they reply to those demanding situations. In maintaining their societies, bees educate us how you can maintain our own.

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Somehow she always seemed to know we were coming and had tea ready with her freshly baked peanut butter cookies. Our bees were shaded under gnarled and spindly apple trees that, though abandoned for some time, had once been part of a producing orchard. Nearby were chicken and llama farms, but more important for the bees were the blueberry and raspberry fields, vegetable gardens, and a considerable amount of meadowland that provided dandelion, clover, fireweed, and other wildflower nectar sources for the bees.

The character of much of the Fraser Valley was changing, with swimming-pooled mansions replacing the small farms, just as the farms had replaced the temperate rain forest decades earlier. Diminishing honey crops were a sad indicator that Florence’s bee yard was no longer hospitable to honeybees. Our apiaries often followed the Fraser River. One site, Shangri La, was nestled in a crook of the Fraser, with a stunning view of Mount Baker in the background and bright yel- Honey | 37 low clusters of yellow broom providing a magnificent source of pollen as our colonies grew in the spring.

3 Killer Bees d Concern for the supply of our much-loved sweetener honey is one reason the global collapse of honeybee colonies has been in the news for almost a decade, but bees have made news before. The last time they achieved celebrity status, in the 1970s, I had a front-row seat from which I witnessed the introduction and spread of African “killer” bees in the Americas. The migrating African honeybees had just moved northward from Brazil into French Guiana, a sparsely populated and remote protectorate of France located on the northeast coast of South America.

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