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Wild bees nest in a hole in a willow tree near Steyning, West Sussex.

Audacious Idea One: Turn Pollination Management Upside Down

Audacious Idea One by Mark Winston Editor’s note: What would Bee Audacious be without Audacious Ideas? Not audacious enough!  Thought leaders have each submitted an audacious idea to help seed discussions at the Bee Audacious Conference. Here’s our first Audacious Idea….. My audacious idea is to turn pollination management upside down, making wild bees the primary
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Hives For Haiti – David MacDonald & Brian Coombs

Hives For Haiti and Our Beekeeping Adventures (story featured in BeesCene Magazine spring 2016) By David MacDonald & Brian Coombs (Originally published here by David MacDonald & Brian Coombs) They were pretty sure we wouldn’t come back. In the fall of 2013, Brian Coombs and I were giving an informal beekeeping talk at Ojene Nord’s  farm
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Honeybee Democracy: Thomas D. Seeley: Books

“Honeybee Democracy” by Tom Seeley Editor’s note: “Thomas Seeley is a beekeepers beekeeper. He’s the beek of beeks! And he knows bees like no other. We’re excited that he’ll be one of our panel of experts at this year’s Bee Audacious conference and we hope you’ll make the most of the opportunity by doing your
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If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems: James P. Lenfestey: Books

If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems Hardcover – May 30, 2016 by James P. Lenfestey (Editor) It is said there are 20,000 species of bees, a genus 50 million years old, but in the fertile imagination of the world’s poets, there is no beginning or end to the bee buzz. Virgil wrote of bees, as did
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Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive | Mark L. Winston

Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive | Mark L. Winston Editor’s note: We were initially inspired to host the Bee Audacious Invitational Conference of Experts by Mark’s work, his keen intellect and obvious relationship with bees. I can’t recommend this book enough! – Bonnie Being
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The Five Habits of Highly Effective Hives

By Thomas Seeley NOVEMBER 11, 2010 (Reposted with Thomas’ permission – we’re really looking forward to his contributions to Bee Audacious in December!) How the hive makes its most important decision One of the popular misconceptions about honey bees is that their lives are ruled by a queen— or perhaps by even some more fanciful system. But
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Manifesto – the Call to Action that inspired Bee Audacious

by Mark Winston (originally published at winstonhive.com, June 22, 2015.) We often support the value of bees with economic arguments, neglecting the dimension of values, the principles we hold important and the personal and environmental standards that should be at the heart of beekeeping rather than at its fringes. The current serious issues facing bees suggest
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It’s Time for Us to Bee Audacious!

Why must we Bee Audacious? by Bonnie Morse I have worked with animals and plants in one capacity or another for much of my life, though my introduction to bees and beekeeping was somewhat accidental and happened when we discovered that our neighbor was keeping bees. The thought of multiple boxes full of stinging insects
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