Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thinking about honey bees

My latest happy obsession--honey bees. I never thought such a little humble insect could change my life completely but they have. And I don't think they even know it yet.

While researching bees and beekeeping in preparation to take a Beekeepers' Course at the University of Guelph, Ontario, I found myself becoming more and more anamoured of this little insect. It was the biology--absolutely fascinating. Then it was their inate intelligence and then it was their ability to all work together without fighting and bickering.... more than any human can do. I applaud the lowly honey bee.

And they're in trouble. CCD which hasn't been competely defined yet (lots of argument going on over that) but that doesn't negate the fact that bees are in trouble. They're dying and weak and sick and struggling. We must do something. We must help. I will do what I can to help.