In May 2018, I became a newly-minted beekeeper (see my first entry – a good place to start if you are new to this blog!) and I’m still learning how this all works. I’m sharing my experiences in the hopes that it will encourage others who want to enter the world of honeybees and provide fresh perspective for seasoned apiarists who serve as mentors. I’m also creating a record of my work so that I can review it later – hopefully as I manage hives for many years to come.

Besides, I’m bound to make some pretty hilarious mistakes along the way. Maybe I can help someone else avoid the same pitfalls. At the very least, we should all get a good laugh out of them… right?

All opinions are my own those of other people who know more than me. Hopefully that will change, with time! Please be aware that while I’m going to convey what I believe I understand to the best of my ability, some of that may turn out to be incorrect or incomplete later. (So don’t throw down with an experienced beekeeper on my authority just yet.) This is a learning process. Let’s learn together!

The author

I’m a Ph.D. biologist, currently employed in the field of STEM education research. My background includes work as a zookeeper, water quality specialist, and botanist. I have specialized research experience in exotic animal husbandry, invasive species biology, and plant community ecology. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council and promote ecological conservation through public speaking engagements, interviews, and social media.

I’m also a triathlete, a musician, and an enormous sci-fi/fantasy geek. Ask me about my T-rex costume.