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Happening Now:

Our bonded pair of barn owls have returned to their owl house for the 2018 season.

 

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Honey Bees

Honey bees have been in the news lately as their worldwide numbers continue to plummet over the years. Their impact on our lives and our ecosystem are motivating researchers to search more aggressively for causes and solutions. It’s both an elusive and complicated search because our planet is not the friendliest place for the humble honey bee. The plethora of pathogens, pests, and decreasing habitat requires time, innovation, and a global army of wildlife scientists. Nevertheless, progress is being made as reported here: www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/09/honeybees-dying-insecticide-harvard-study

Swarms

Bees reproduce by swarming. Thousands of worker bees escort the hive’s queen to a new location while a new queen and her workers continue to toil away in the original hive. The result—two active colonies, soon doing twice the work as the original.

If you’re lucky enough to see honey bees swarming mid-air or clumped together, perhaps hanging on a tree branch, they may appear intimidating. Rest-assured, however, that their intentions are harmless. Honey bees typically don't sting unless provoked or threatened. The swarm has just begun its journey to a new home, and is focused on locating their next site. To prepare for that journey, they've consumed enough food (honey) to last four days. If you see a swarm, it’s important to keep your distance. Don’t disturb or attempt to move or destroy the swarm. It may linger for a couple of days while the scout bees locate their new home, but they will eventually be on their way. If the swarm has taken up residence in an unwanted location, please contact a local bee removal company. Your fire department typically has local contact numbers.

Below is a video of an arriving swarm. The video is real-time and has not been sped up.