Beeing a Beekeeper for the Day
I wanted to learn about bees based on a recent article that said approximately 50% of the bee population in Ontario did not survive the winter. It was a long cold season but now I understand how that could have happened a bit better. The good news is that the urban bees are still a buzz and we got a real treat hanging out with them for the day.
I was always frightened of bees as a child partly because I was constantly mistaking the bodies of bees with the raspberries I was trying to steal over the fence without beeing caught. I didn’t think I was that fond of them as an adult as well. Turns out though, it is wasps and hornets that are off my Christmas list. Bees are back on. I was, after all, pinching them with the intent to make them into jam. I’d be mad too.
What an incredible day we had at Fort York learning about bees and honey with Melissa and Shawn from Toronto Honeys. I could have spent another day there watching those bees work the hive. From their multi-coloured pollen laden bodies flying in the box and up the bee space to deposit their goodies, to the workers in the nursery, and even the fat cat boys just hanging back, we sure got an education.
I’m glad the boy bees don’t survive the mating though. #BeeToo is real. The video will make that make sense.
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