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#216539 - 02/27/12 01:53 AM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: jabber]
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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Agreed with regard to not overdoing. My mother's family owned a brewery.

So as a family we've been trained not to "overdo" all our lives.

It was always important for the family to show that one can enjoy beer without overindulging.

These days the lakeside land where the brewery once stood is home to condos, and my cousin is still selling beer, but it's no longer brewed in Madison.

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#216540 - 02/27/12 08:48 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: Anne Holmes]
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I have family who own a bar not far here, too. But it isn't a wild establishment or anything. It's in a nice part of town and they're like the backbone of the community. I still think that
wine tasting idea would be fun.
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#216545 - 02/28/12 08:37 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: jabber]
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I agree. I haven't done any of the local winery tours, but I have a fond memory of visiting the Wollersheim Winery south of Madison about 20 years ago.

I'm sure wineries could have some fun with the tours. Here's a Legend of the Old Soaked Oak that's apparently told at a winery in Napa Valley.

I swear I heard a similar story at a winery in Wisconsin. Not sure if it was at Wollersheim or one in Door County.

But in the story I heard, they showed us tourists a tree stump with red rings several inches in from the edge. Told us the red coloration came from the wine... LOL!
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#216617 - 03/09/12 05:19 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: Anne Holmes]
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Here's an interesting article from Wired magazine:
Bees have personalities


Edited by yonuh (03/09/12 05:20 PM)
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#216626 - 03/11/12 12:25 AM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: yonuh]
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Hi yonuh,
I tried reading that link you have there; but Bees are not my favorite thing. So I'm not hanging around to figure out if they have nice personalities. LOL...
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#216937 - 04/11/12 07:51 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: Dee]
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Dee, I just read about a toxin that's harmful for bees,

Specifically what I read said:
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A new class of pesticides that are nicotine-based: neonicotinoids ; also called: imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam can create lethal and sub-lethal effects on bees.

The EPA identifies two specific neonicotinoids, imidacloprid and clothianidin, as highly toxic to bees. Both chemicals cause symptoms in bees such as memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death.


So I wanted to know of you had heard of this, if the information is accurate, and share this article from the venerable ol' Mother Earth News.

Apparently there's a petition going around on change.org to get the pesticide banned. Thought you would like to know. Apparently they need 50,000 signatures to have the needed impact.
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#216938 - 04/11/12 09:58 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: Anne Holmes]
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I saw that somewhere else, too, Anne. I'll have to find it.
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#216939 - 04/11/12 10:06 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: yonuh]
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http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technolo...inoids-ban.html

The neonicotinoids were banned in Italy, which then had a resurgence in bees and a sharp decline in CCD.
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#216940 - 04/11/12 10:13 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: yonuh]
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Here's another article that suggests it has been known for a number of years that this class of pesticides is killing bees:

http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1958&category=Environment
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#217328 - 06/08/12 06:02 PM Re: Any Beekeepers? [Re: chatty lady]
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To all the beekeepers in this forum: I saw this article about beekeeping, and I just had to share. I was intrigued that the author got involved in beekeeping because the bees don't need daily attention - which meant she could go on vacation now and then!

Here's the link.

Also in the article is this link to the Metro Atlanta Beekeeper's Association which contains a whole "hive" worth of beekeeping stories from their members.
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