The Bartlett Bee Whisperer was invited to speak to the Germantown Kiwanis Club, discussing where our honey bees are going and what we can do to help save them.
Questions brought me into beekeeping.
Bees pollinate accidentally as they gather their own food.
When we talk about bees disappearing around the world, it is important to remember that there are many hazards faced by the bees as they go through their regular work day. As much as the media would like to jump on pesticides, there are also parasitic mites, bee specific viruses/diseases, changes in farming practices and the virtual food deserts that surround the bees habitats.
A life without bees, would have many “up a tree” pollinating with brushes.
In many locations, where bees are less numerous, people hand pollinate trees and plants. This is done with small brushes, distributing pollen from one flower to the next.
Thanks from the Germantown Kiwanis President
Give me another question. The last statement on the screen says, Saving our supper one hive at a time. Because I remove honey bees from homes, I feel that I am saving our supper every time I rescue a hive from a home. The homeowners’ options, when they find a swarm in their house, are to call a pest control company and kill the bees, try to kill them with wasp sprays, or to call a beekeeper. Call a beekeeper, please.
A couple of weeks ago, The Bartlett Bee Whisperer got a call from Bobbie Wilkerson, another beekeeper, with an invite to help the Tunica County Soil and Water Conservation District with a Continuing Education seminar they were putting on for some of North Mississippi’s teachers. The obligation, put together 4 hours of intelligent material about honey bees! Oh yeah! This was an exciting, but also intimidating opportunity.
Oh! There’s the queen!
Display hive. Yes those are honeybees.
Although we have spoken in classroom setting with students, this was totally different. Teaching teachers! Need it be said again??? 4 hours! We already have a lot of photos of bees and shots of the amazing stuff we do with honey bee rescue and relocation services in the Mid-South. But… It was time to hit the books and type up a logical, non-kid presentation that would keep adults, not only awake, but interested, and asking questions. So we hit the books to gather “teacher-worthy” information about these marvelous creatures. It was also time to visit the bee yard and picked up 5 frames of brood, a marked queen and load them up into the display hive, making sure the queen was in the upper slot between the plexiglass.
Class time with The Bartlett Bee Whisperer.
To the elementary and high school students in North Mississippi, your teachers have to continue going to class just like you do! The more they learn, the better they can help you learn about the world around you. Oh, and by the way, no one fell asleep in my class. They laughed at the right time and went “Ugh!” at the right time. They listened. We hope you listen also and do well in this upcoming school year. The world is open with wonders for you to learn about, new things to do and see. Pay attention, listen and continue learning.
Thanks go out to the TCSWD District Administrator, JoAnn Ware, and to all those who helped bring in equipment, set up the projector and put together the whole CEU program at the Tunica Museum.We had a BLAST!
Honey tasting time!
Today was our first Honey Bee Presentation of the year. Anita, with Wee Care Child Care in Memphis, called to schedule us for part of their summertime training for the kids. No photos of the kids (for their security). We took our demonstration hive and the kids went nuts! Good nuts. Hands were in the air and mouths were flapping. They just couldn’t help themselves. It was great!
Arlene, Anita, Suzanne and The Bartlett Bee Whisperer
I took my nephew, Wesley to help lug in all the equipment. He has helped with several honey bee removals in Memphis, Cold Water, Collierville and Germantown, but has always had a veil between him and the bees (except the ones that stung him when he wasn’t looking). With the new demonstration hive he got right up into the girls and had as much fun as the kids did. Go for it Wes!
How close is too close???