From the Founder - Protecting your bees

From the Founder - Protecting your bees

Dear reader,

Spring has arrived in SeattleLike you, I’m concerned about how one virus can have such an impact to the world. I hope that you are able to stay safe and get outside to your yard to relax or exercise. I find watching nature in action around me energizing!

Spring has sprung in Seattle! We have our bees in our growing fields and hope each bee is able to safely “do their thing” while gathering her pollen/nectar.

Pollinator Health Task ForceHere’s good news from Washington State: In 2019, the state funded a “Pollinator Health Task Force” where I’m fortunate to be on the executive committee as well as its 5 subcommittees (Habitat, Pesticides, Education, Managed Pollinators, and Research).

It’s encouraging to network with 50-60 professionals with a common purpose; ensure that our state’s bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are protected in our state’s bylaws. I hope more states are considering such action! (If they are, please reach out to me.)

Healthy nesting materialsLastly, consider your hole-nesting bees from today’s COVID-19 awareness perspective. When you have your bees use last year’s nesting-holes, the diseases, virus, mites, flies, and spores are still there. Your bees place their gathered pollen and lay eggs in nesting-holes with the pests already in place, which sadly feed the hungry pests. The freshly laid eggs die which leaves you with fewer bees the following year.

Your bees need nesting holes that can be opened to remove pests in the fall. It’s not too late to shift away from bamboo to healthy nesting holes!

Bee well,

Dave Hunter Founder & Owner, Crown Bees