Filmmakers set up cameras in this forest and captured the most amazing scene. This is an excerpt from the 3D documentary feature about Paul Stamets, renowned mycologist, author and visionary, on how mushrooms can save the world. A Film by Louie Schwartzberg.
“When California was wild, it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length,
north and south, and all the way across from the snowy Sierra to the ocean.”
~John Muir, “The Bee Pastures”
Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, founded in 1873, to foster the interest of bee culture and beekeeping within Los Angeles County. Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - we're glad you're here! Our club and this website are dedicated to educating our members and the general public. We support honeybee research, and adhering to best management practices for the keeping of bees.
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Above USDA Headquarters: Bees are Abuzzing May 16, 2014
The People's Garden Apiary located on the roof of the Jamie L. Whitten Building at USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC is home to approximately 40,000 Italian honey bees. You can #USDABeeWatch any day of the week by tuning into our live bee cam.
This time of year our hive is bursting with activity! The worker bees that you see are all female and are busy collecting nectar and pollen to convert into honey. Spring time in the Nation's Capital is a major time for honey production by honey bee colonies.
The activities of a colony vary with the seasons. Join the conversation about bees and other pollinators by using hashtag #USDABeeWatch.
About The People's Garden Apiary
The first beehive was installed on Earth Day in 2010 and a second hive was later added in 2011. USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland helps keep these colonies of bees strong and healthy so they can pollinate crops growing in the Headquarters People's Garden and neighboring landscapes. An added bonus is the delicious honey, approximately 18 gallons worth, extracted from the hive since 2010.
The beehives consist of wooden box-like sections stacked on top of each other. Each box (or super) holds 8-10 wooden frames, each containing a thin sheet of wax foundation. The bees build their combs on these foundations.
Honey is stored in the combs in the upper parts of the hive. When the bees have filled the combs in the upper section with honey and covered them with wax caps, the beekeeper takes them away to extract the honey. You can take a virtual tour of the People's Garden Apiary for a look inside the hive and the fascinating world of beekeeping.
Following is a story about a 10 minute file made in 1947, the year this Editor was born. It shows migratory beekeeping like you have never seen. It tells of 300 pounds/colony crops, show lifting 4 story colonies onto trucks without a forklift, and living off the land as a traveling beekeeper. Much has changed in the 60+ years since this film was made, but fortunately, much has not. The link to the film is at the end of this piece. Sit back for just a few minutes and watch how it used to be. Enjoy this bit of nostalgia…
The following is the story that accompanies the link on the web page of the newspaper that published it.
A 10-minute film that had surfaced in the National Film and Sound Archive made in 1947 called “Beekeeping on the Move”, made in Australia.
Bega District News By Albert McKnight 4/3/14
#Throwback Thursday: Bega's "Beekeeping on the Move" Identified
Beekeeping on the Move (1947)
AS PART of Throwback Thursday recently, the BDN put a call out to anyone who could shed light on a 10-minute film that had surfaced in the National Film and Sound Archive made in 1947 called “Beekeeping on the Move”.
Specifically we asked if anyone could identify the two apiarists in the film, who with short pants and sleeves go about the business of bee keeping surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Bega Valley.
A breakthrough was made when we spoke to veteran apiarist and ex-school science teacher Jim Collins, 86, earlier this week.
The two men are Ernie E Abrams and Ron Shuhkraft, both ex-servicemen and locals who worked at Calimpa Apiaries, which was owned by Abrams and was near the lookout on Doctor George Mountain.
Abrams is the older man in the film, who was a digger in WW1 and was described as being a bit “wild” by Collins.
“He was big, tough, he was a real character,” said Collins.
Collins never knew Abrams’ wife, however Abrams did have a son who was sadly killed in WW2.
There were once plaques on memorial trees to youngsters killed in WW2 outside the Bega council chambers, which included Abrams’ son, however now unfortunately the trees and plaques have been removed.
Abrams moved from the Bega Valley to an area outside of Sydney, before he passed away.
The younger man in the film is Shuhkraft, who was of German descent and fought in WW2 as one of the infamous “Rats of Tobruk” before moving to the Bega Valley and settling on Murrays Swamp Rd.
While Shuhkraft passed away about two years ago, he is survived by his wife Edna, son Graham and his daughter Fay.
Collins moved to the Bega Valley in 1950 before starting beekeeping two years later, and has fond memories of tending to hives alongside Shuhkraft, also of spending time at Calimpa Aviaries in the 1950s.
Collins began his hives with John Hodgeson, an English teacher from the UK, and they almost began a commercial business when together at the zenith of their beekeeping they owned 30 hives.
In the film, what seems remarkable is that both Abrams and Shuhkraft are wearing no protective clothing, but that is less remarkable to Mr Collins.
“We got used to getting around in shorts,” he said.
“When bees are full of honey they don’t sting.
“But if times are hard, and if you do something stupid like bump something, then they will take to you.”
It was passion, not dreams of wealth, that drove the apiarists, said Collins.
“It is a sophisticated form of animal husbandry, but there is no money in it,” he said.
Collins laments how today, commercial beekeeping has changed and not for the better.
“These days, the way they do it is pretty destructive.
“Some blocks have 3000 hives.
“I think it is environmentally destructive.”
Collins thinks the Bega Valley is a superb place for keeping bees as the flowers from eucalypt trees yield lots of honey, and a decent amount of honey has been collected from local apiarists for the last two years.
Collins keeps bees to this day, and has 20 hives on a property at Nutleys Creek Rd, Bermagui.
1503 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?
Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. Full bio »
A male honey bee is essentially a winged penis doomed to die immediately after losing his virginity. On summer afternoons, male bees—known as drones—emerge from many different hives and gather in a small swarm. No one is sure exactly how drones pick their “congregation areas” or why they are often in exactly the same place year after year, but the answer likely has something to do with fragrant chemical messages known as pheromones. The drones wait for a virgin queen from a nearby colony to make an appearance and compete for the chance to mate with her mid-flight, crashing into one another as they race after her alluring perfume. If a drone is successful, the act of copulation rips his penis and entrails from his abdomen, so he falls to the ground and dies. The queen mates with as many as 20 drones in a single flight and stores millions of their sperm in an internal pouch called a spermatheca—sufficient supplies for a lifetime of egg-laying.
Imagining what a mating flight might look like is all well and good; watching it happen as though you were a drone flying alongside the queen is so much better. The fascinating and gorgeous new documentary “More Than Honey” offers just such a bee’s-eye view.
To capture the 36 breathtaking seconds of high-definition macro footage, director Markus Imhoof, cinematographers Jörg Jeshel and Attila Boa and their teammates visited a drone congregation site in Austria near hives