Honey bee on a dandelion. Courtesy/Dorothy Brown
Honey bees swarming above a hive. Courtesy/Dorothy Brown
Ever wondered what goes on in the life of a busy bee? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offers a workshop 1:30-3:30 p.m., April 9 with Dorothy Brown at the Los Alamos Nature Center about the biology and colony dynamics of honey bees. This is a great introduction for anyone curious about these non-native pollinators.
What is happening inside the seemingly crowded honey bee colonies? Brown will discuss the three castes of honey bee and how they contribute to the super-organism called the colony. Participants will take a journey through the hive and learn all about the complexities that make a colony work. This workshop is perfect for those considering starting to keep bees.
Brown started Langstroth beekeeping in 1974 in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. She later kept some colonies in the Bay Area of Northern California. In 2006, she and Kate Whealen both took the Ecoversity class in topbar beekeeping taught by Les Crowder. She has a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University and keeps a topbar colony on her carport roof in Los Alamos.
Registration is required for this program, and is available at peecnature.org or by calling 505.662.0460. The cost is $8 for PEEC members and $10 for non-members.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.