A marine biologist by trade, Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow, is a beekeeper in the North Fork of Eastern Long Island. During August 2016, she was kind enough to enlighten my team and I on the lives of bees. After having a dream in 1997 that she was a beekeeper, she started beekeeping with one beehive, which eventually grew to 100 beehives.
Listen to my podcast with Laura by clicking below. In addition, watch my visit to her home and get a close look into her beehives by watching the videos below.
Below are are notes and videos from my visit to Blossom Meadow.
In the video below, you can take a close look into a beehive.
The populations of bees and other pollinators have been declining at alarming rates in recent years. More of us should become engaged in the issue because pollinators are essential for food production. You can read more about this in my blog post, "What we should learn from the immunity of bees."
In the meantime, below is a summary of recommendations from Laura on what we can do to help. Laura notes that every small action can make a difference. At the global level, to preserve our bees we have to improve the environments in which they collect food. Below are steps you can pursue this spring/summer.
Beekeeper, Laura Klahre of Blossom Meadow, recommended the books in the picture below.
In the video below, you can listen more to Laura Klahre discuss the queen bee, and the female-dominated interactions of bees.
Honey bees get a lot of attention because they make honey. Taste of honey is dependent on flowers that the bees visit; color of honey varies by season (spring produces lighter-colored honey; and fall honey is darker in color).
Sophia had a dynamic colony of underground wasps during the summer of 2016. During Sophia's visit with beekeeper, Laura Klahre, founder of Blossom Meadow, Sophia learned of an important first step in determining a nontoxic approach with handling Sophia's underground wasps: Identify the species at WhatsThatBug.com.
Interested in seeing one way honey is collected from bee hives? Click on the video below to watch.
Click on the video below to see the diversity of plants that Laura Klahre has in her yard. It creates a "food smorgasbord" or "food buffet" for pollinators.
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