So, what does a non-migratory Wyoming beekeeper do when the winds are howling and the snow blowing? This one turns down the thermostat. Fires up the infra-red heater. Kicks back and reads.
It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Randy Oliver’s Scientific Beekeeping site. It was well worth the return visit. If you haven’t been there, take the time.
For some reason, the site is easier to navigate around than before. And I noticed a few articles that I’d previously missed.
Randy has a way of incorporating scientific data, in an easy to read style and wry sense of humor, with his personal beekeeping experience. He’s open minded enough to look at beekeeping alternatives worldwide. And he brings home the bacon with practical recommendations and applications tested in a commercial operation.
Not subscribed to the bee mags? Shame on you! But not all is lost. You can find updated and expanded versions of Randy’s bee mag articles there as well.
Anything Randy writes is well worth reading. And as he frequents Bee-L from time to time, it’s worth a quick look there to peruse his latest thoughts.
I especially appreciate what Randy Oliver has done in his latest series of articles on bee viruses. It’s no small matter to research and condense all that very technical, genetic stuff into something that can be read and understood, especially by me. But that’s another story I’ll share later.
In the interim, check out Randy’s Nosema pages. This information can’t be found anywhere else. Also, inside these pages, is the original, although long lost use for blue paper shop towels. It will surprise many beekeepers.
And I especially liked the Australia visit. There’s nothing better for a frigid climate beekeeper than thinking of warm, exotic, far away places where bees thrive without treatments. And where beekeepers pull a super of honey every two weeks.
It must be the cool air and infra-red heat. It’s time to really kick back and dream of far away places.
Take care. Keep warm. Dream bees.