• Napoleon Bees: The Honey Bees of Napoleon

    Napoleon Bees: Napoleon and his beloved symbol of the honeybee The 5th of May, 1821. On this day, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former French Emperor, died on St. Helena. Although he was never a beekeeper, Napoleon used the honey bee as one of the most important symbols of the power and prestige of his empire. There […]

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  • The Pollen Basket

    A Bee and her Basket… Do you know what is a pollen basket?  Hmmm…  Well, have you ever noticed that some of the bees you see flying have these orange or yellow clumps on their hind legs? If you haven’t, they look like this.  

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  • Remembering “The Life of the Bee,” Life Magazine 1952

    LIFE Magazine Aug 11, 1952, and a showcase of paintings depicting life inside the hive The cover, a black-and-white closeup of Joan Rice, announced her as “Robin Hood’s New Girlfriend”.  Also on the cover, a headline  announcing, “Farewell to Eva Peron.”  But what is not alluded to on the cover is the edit piece that you […]

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  • Come to Me, My Sweet Pussy willow

    Pussy willow – a fantastic early spring pollen source Salix discolor (as our North American native pussy willow is formally called) is a North American native shrub or small, understory tree, (5-15′ tall and perhaps 8′ wide). Often found beside brooks and forest streams, or in low-lying thickets and swamps from Canada to Georgia, the pussy willow […]

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  • Go a Little Less Green for the Environment

    Consider Replacing Part or All of Your Front Lawn with a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. You’ll create habitat for honey bees and other pollinators and add beauty to your yard.

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  • NYC Beekeeping Event: 2/1 Talk by Professor Seeley, Author of “Honeybee Democracy”

    Professor Tom Seeley will be giving a talk on beekeeping and his book, “Honeybee Democracy: How Bees Choose a Home” NYC Beekeeping, which offers free beekeeping classes and takes part in extensive outreach, is hosting a talk on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm with Professor Tom Seeley.  Dr. Seely, a Professor at Cornell, […]

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  • Charles Henry Turner

    Remembering Dr. Charles Henry Turner

    Dr. Charles Henry Turner was a pioneer in entomology Born on February 3, 1867 to former slaves, Dr. Charles Turner rose to become one of the preeminent entomologists in the United States. Dr. Turner earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Cincinnati and later became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D in […]

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  • Trees, Bees and Global Warming

    Global forests are suffering from rising temperatures There are a number of important reasons why the Carmel Forest should mostly be allowed to rehabilitate itself. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies the temperatures across the planet between December 1, 2009, and November 30, 2010, show that 2010 ranks as the hottest year on […]

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  • Listening to the Honeybees: Ban neurotoxins and plant bee-friendly flowers

    This New Year marks a time when citizens around the globe celebrate the bountiful blue planet and the fruits of its earth. Yet, something just isn’t right. Worldwide we are entering into another consecutive year of hundreds of billions of dead Italian honeybees. Is the honeybee trying to tell us something?

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  • A New Year’s Resolution for Gardeners

    Making Informed Choices About Gardening Practices and Products to Support a Healthy, Natural Environment The new year often brings about a desire for change and personal reckoning. We make promises, resolutions and plans to better ourselves and the world around us. Over the past couple of years, many people have committed to building environmentally conscious, […]

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