Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bee Refueled

We started this week with a little bee action - participating in a friendly nationwide campaign to get Lowe's and Home Depot to stop selling neonicotinoid pesticides and plants treated with them. Didn't have a ton of turn-out in person, but we delivered valentines to the local Home Depot that were signed by ~50 people in total. The campaign has reached a lot of people and already made a difference - Home Depot has announced they are working on making positive changes. 

Just in time, too, the weather turned warmer and I saw activity in both hives today. I decided to offer sugar syrup, it being 'Love your Pet' day today, and all. I put a ball jar with a quart of syrup upsidown on a milk crate. The metal lid has a few small holes, so the bees can drink a drop at a time of syrup. I am hopeful that they'll make it through that last stretch of winter, but it's really a hunger game at this point: They either do have enough food (and can reach it inside the hive) or they don't, depending how long and how cold this winter decides to turn out....

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