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It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Barclay the Bee!

We are so excited to announce the arrival of “Barclay the Bee,” a little six-legged supergal who is the star of a new comic book by artist Olga Andreyeva.

Created by the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel and The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute, the children’s comic underscores sustainable hospitality and the importance of honeybees for the environment. Barclay (who is based on the real-life bees we keep at the hotel) is a new worker bee who learns the ropes of harvesting pollen and making honey while meeting the many fabulous faces of New York City.

The comic is free to download from the hotel’s sustainability blog New York Barclay Buzz. It’s also available in print at the hotel for a $5 donation. One hundred percent of proceeds are donated to support the Honeybee Conservancy! (Would you like to donate to The Honeybee Conservancy directly? If so, please click here!)

We joined the artist, hotel staff, and thirty enthusiastic children for Barclay’s buzz-worthy debut. Olga taught kids how to draw bees on paper and with a computer. The Honeybee Conservancy’s member, Nicole, introduced the children to the real Barclay bees, the beekeeping suits we wear while tending them, and most importantly…their delicious honey!

Watch, enjoy, and please share our video with your friends!


11 2013

We depend on pollinators for over 1/3 of the food we eat

A stunning video from TED.  As described:

Pollination: it’s vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee.

An abridged version showing only the footage of the pollinators is shown below. In it, you’ll see a variety of bees as well as bats, butterflies, humming birds and other pollinators.

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The full TED talk about pollination and pollinators can be viewed here:

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09 2013

The Honeybee Conservancy is now part of Sakroots’ Karma Circle!

Sakroots has launched Karma Circle, a charity program that includes The Honeybee Conservancy. We need your help spreading the word!

Sakroots is a lifestyle collection that appeals to the artist, musician, and nature lover in all of us. Their Karma Circle partners artists with charitable organizations like ours that share in Sakroots’ belief in peace and harmony among all things. The Honeybee Conservancy has been partnered with Marq Spusta, a concert gig poster artist based in Pacifica, CA. His print “True Love,” is inspired by a secret garden bejeweled with birds and bees.

After clicking on your favorite item on, you can add a donation to The Honeybee Conservancy. Sakroots will match your donation.

Send us a photo of you with your Karma Circle item on the The Honeybee Conservancy or Sakroots Facebook page! In the meantime, watch the True Love video…

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08 2013

See MORE THAN HONEY; Taste Local Honey


Come join us at a a screening of the award-winning documentary, MORE THAN HONEY, in which Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the issue of why bees, worldwide, are dying. He searches around the world including the Swiss Alps, Varroa destructor-free Australia, California’s almond orchards and the fields of China, where so many bees have died that crops have to be hand-pollinated.


We’re hosting tastings of delicious, authentic NYC-grown honey with at the screenings. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people and discuss of bees, honey and the importance of supporting local beekeepers. Come join us!

  • DATE: Wednesday, June 12th (opening night) and Friday, June 14th
  • TIME:  6pm and 8:30pm screenings each night
  • LOCATION: Film Forum, 209 W Houston St, NYC
  • TICKETS:  Learn more and purchase your tickets here


Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: “Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera’s magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we’ve stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg’s THE FLY.” This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

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06 2013

Film: Dance of the Honey Bee

Have you seen the beautiful film, “The Dance of the Honey Bee”?  Filmed by Peter Nelson, a beekeeper and cinematographer, it recently won the Miro Inspiration Challenge. This rich film captures in slow motion the movement of honeybees both inside and outside of the hive.  Even the rapid beating of the honey bee’s wings –typically between 200-230 times per second — is slowed down for the viewer to watch. Take a moment to enjoy the film…


03 2013

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

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, will speak on the topic of his new book “Honeybee Democracy: How Bees Choose a Home.”

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02 2011

Remembering Dr. Charles Henry Turner

Charles Henry Turner

Charles Henry Turner

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 zoology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Turner published nearly 50 scholarly papers and is the source of a number of groundbreaking breakthroughts including the discovery that insects can hear and that ants use light and smell to travel to and from their nests.  He also discovered that honey bees have color vision and are able to recognize patterns and shapes. His seminal work pre-dated that of Nobel prize winner Karl von Frisch.

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02 2011

I knew it …

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha

Sometimes you just know something, you know.  And when there isn’t any scientific evidence to prove it, you just have to wait until the science catches up. Well, it looks like they’re finally catching up.

I have posted about what might be causing colony collapse in the past.  Over the summer, Italy’s rebounding bee populations after banning neonicotinoids seemed very promising (Leave me the birds and the bees, please …).  It’s the theory that made the most sense to me then, and still does.  At the very least it seems to be a significant contributing factor in colony collapse, IMHO.

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12 2010

Thank You to our Donors

Thank you to our Donors! The Honeybee Conservancy is deeply grateful to the following individuals for their generous gift towards the “Sponsor A Hive” program:

  • Sydney M.–in memory of Sara Stone-Willis, who had been so active in saving bees in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Stephanie C.
  • Rebecca K.
  • Michelle L.
  • Woodenhive on Etsy
  • James P.


12 2010

All the complicated life in the hive …

“Most people don’t have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don’t know anything about.” -August in The Secret Life of Bees

For several years now, people have been wondering what, exactly, is happening inside the hives of honeybees.  Colony collapse disorder has been decimating hives, confounding beekeepers, and even causing a low-level panic in the general public.  Just a few moments ago, the New York Times published an article announcing a modicum of success in solving this mystery, “Possible Cause for Bee Die-Off Found,” by Kirk Johnson.

Entomologists and military scientists have found a fungus that is apparently working in tandem with a virus to somehow compromise the bee nutrition.

Lots of questions still to answer … but let’s hope this is a first step in identifying the problem or problems and working toward a solution.

It’s well past time to unravel this particular piece of complicated life inside the hive!


10 2010