Monroe Beekeepers Update
I have donated some books and a video to Tinker Nature Park so if you are interested in any of those materials please see Tim Pratt at the Hansen Nature Center. Bob Ducan, the Bee Inspector, will be coming to our next meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14th, 5:30 pm.
I hope to see you all there!
Medieval beekeepersMedieval beekeepers did not breed bees in the modern sense of the word. In Germany their bees were wild bees living in the endless forests, somewhat domesticated by the beekeepers by providing ideal nesting places and somehow guiding a new colony to these manmade places. Usually the beekeeper would cut of the top of a suitable tree near the edge of the forest or at the edge of a clearing. The remaining trunk had to be high enough to offer some protection from bears and low enough for the beekeeper to reach the bees without too much trouble. He would then carve a hole big enough for a colony into the trunk or use a natural cavity in the trunk. He would also make sure the sun could shine on the trunk most of the day and thus keep it warm.
Excerpt from http://www.ars-magica.net/index.php?id=178&L=1