Our Top 5: Bee-Saving, Inspirational Videos

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"Save the bees, save the planet!"

A phrase we have all probably heard once or twice.

But hearing these once in a while doesn't always spark inspiration to help. Especially when we aren't even fully aware of the problem.

Why do we need to save the bees?

How will it really help our planet? A call to action needs inspiration. Something to spark our interest, hit us right in the feels and make us genuinely care.

During my early stages of bee research this was a big question that came up: WHY?

In order to be truly dedicated, I needed to have a solid why-factor. Coming across these videos has helped educate me on why bees are so important. It also has solidified my desire to help and move forward to do better for ourselves, our community and our environment.

This first video was the first TED Talk I had ever watched.

I thought for some reason they were only really useful for college students and only had boring topics. I am not in school, so I didn't think I needed to bother checking them out. Even while researching, I was skeptical and kept mostly to YouTube for the first week. Watching Marla, however, changed my mind completely. This video is very informative and gives us great insight into the issues all bees are facing and how it is directly related to humans.

My next inspirational video also happens to be a TED Talk (I am addicted to them now).

The speakers name is Noah and he has an amazing dream of having hives in urban cities. Whether they are in parks or on rooftops, he shows that it is very doable and essential for our future.

The next video helps try to explain the issues surrounding colony collapse disorder. 

A recent phenomenon causing bee colonies all over the world to turn into ghost towns.

It includes many reasons all contributing to a perfect storm of issues harming and hindering our bees.

What would happen without our bees?

Do you like dairy, coffee or jeans? This next video shows just what life would be like without our precious pollinators.

This last video on the list is all about the symbiotic relationship between bees and flowers.

Without flowers, we wouldn't have bees - and vice versa.

This video has me motivated to plant all the flowers I can around both my parents home and my own. I hope after you watch it, you will want to go plant some in your backyard as well.

All these videos have got me itchin' to start helping the bees and get our hive started. There are so many inspirational videos out there to watch and these are just a few we liked. If anyone has a video that inspired them, please comment the link below! The more the merrier to get us all in the mood to help save our bees and spread the word.

I also wanted to leave you with this bonus video which is not very informational or totally accturate but it is hilarous and gets stuck in your head!

Now go out there and save some bees!

Honeybee or Honey Bee?

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Tomato - Tomato? Potato - Potato? Isn't it all in the same?

That's what I thought when it came to the word honeybee/honey bee.

In my research, I came across both terms and figured it was the writer's preference. Either way, it didn't distract me from my studying though it did leave me curious.

Which one is right? Is there one that is truly right? Is it maybe something that differs from culture? Like colour or color? I set out to find the truth and settle it once for all.

After a bit of digging, it turns out there is a term that is more "pollen-itically" correct.

Drum roll, please... "Honey Bee"!

The dyad takes the cake. And the reason why is actually quite interesting. As I searched for my answer a few articles quoted a book by Robert E. Snodgrass called Anatomy of the Honey Bee written way back in 1956!

The preface to the book is quoted here:

"First, it must be explained why the name of the bee appears in the title as two words, though "honeybee" is the customary form in the literature of apiculture. Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed.

It says: If the insect is what its name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is pre-eminently a bee; "honeybee" is equivalent to "Johnsmith"."  -Ananatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass (1956)

Now though that may be a bit hard to understand. My gathering from it is: if the second word is what it actually is, they go separately. Like his examples of house fly versus butterfly. A house fly is, in fact, a fly, where a butterfly is not. Makes sense when you think about all the examples.

Although Miriam-Webster's Dictionary states "honeybee" as the spelling with "honey bee" as a variant, I still think the science trumps everything.

Therefore, I am going to stick with Robert on this one and keep things scientific.

From now on (and I am going back to edit and make sure I am consistent) I will keep to the phrase "honey bee".

Now I am not saying anyone using the compound word as a whole is wrong. To each their own of course. I have just decided to make an educated choice considering I am starting out my journey in the beekeeping world, and want to be as informed as possible.

And so continues the journey to enlighten myself and others on the path to a better world for our honey bees.

Beekeeping: A Worthy Hob-bee?

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Annoying, pain-in-the-butt flying insects.

Buzzing around like they own the place. And the worst part? They sting you. And it really hurts.

90% of the population would run for the hills if one got too close. If flight wasn’t an option, swatting mercilessly until they were a smear on the bottom of a flip-flop is the only choice to avoid a painful throbbing sting.

And then there is that other 10%. A different breed of human who not only accepts these striped insects for who they are but hosts them and comes in contact with them FOR A LIVING.

My first thought was that the only explanation for this behaviour is psychosis.

As I am sure you have guessed, I am talking about bees. Up until recently, I was right there with the majority in the “run for the hills” category. Actually, let’s be honest, for now I still am.

So why in the world am I starting a beekeeping blog you may ask. Well, my interest was first sparked by the Cheerios wildflower campaign. I had never paid much attention to the welfare of honeybees until the campaign came out and shone a light on the influence of these pollinators and the struggles they are currently and rapidly facing.

Then my attention grew...

All of a sudden they went from vicious pests to innocent victims. They appeared to be invading our lives and homes when really it is the reverse. After the guilt set in, I thought to myself this might be an issue I could do something about. I tried to order the flowers online but they had sold out. Of course, I could've just gone to the store and bought some wildflower seeds, but a different idea came to my mind.

Could I become a beekeeper? Do people even keep bees as a hobby?

If I really wanted to make an impact, keeping some bees in the backyard as a hobby would definitely be a step in that direction. As far as I knew the only people who kept bees in my community were the few local honey companies from the farmers market. Isn't that something families passed down to one another? How do you decide to just "be a beekeeper".

As I delved in, the research I had deemed easy at first shot straight uphill until I had a mound of questions. These questions of course growing into sub-questions until I was deep in a YouTube rabbit hole watching a two hour long video on re-queening an aggressive hive and adding a package of bees to my Amazon cart.

I began to think "Okay, so there is ALOT more to this"

And, eventually, the doubt crept in. Did I almost bite off way more than I could chew and would inevitably choke on?

All the information I had tried to drink in and make sense of began swirling around in my head. This stuff seemed like it took years to master. And not only that but a lot of people I was reading about and gazing at clearly made beekeeping their life.  What if I didn't want it to be my life? I want to keep my day job and go on vacation and stay inside on miserable days and sleep in on weekends. I don't want a full-time bee life. 

Not to mention, could one person deal with all this workload? Thankfully, deciding to start everything up at my parent's house meant I could rely on their support and hopefully other family members or friends.

My first step was to rally a group of people (suckers?) to start out my venture with me. 

I figured having something thats "ours" rather than "mine" already seemed like less of a chore.

When my sister and I were young we used to clean each other's rooms together. We both did mine first (as I am the oldest which automatically makes me the boss) and hers after.

Inevitably we would get bored and hers would teeter between a 6/7 out of 10 on the tidy scale, but none the less it was much more fun to do together. By scrounging up some volunteers to help me on this project, I am convinced it will be much more fun and interesting. I just hope we don't start full tilt and finish with half-built hive pieces covered with snow on the back lawn. 

Some convincing commenced but after it was all done I had three people committed to help try to turn this dream into a reality.

Leah, Heather and Jodi set out to help me get started and at least learn more about honey bees. Help with research, planning and of course, the actual grunt work would be huge. 

This left me with a shimmering hope that not only would I be joined on this daunting venture, but it just might work out. Or it could flop horribly. Stay tuned.