Bees are big business right now. Every day, or so it would seem, there are more concerns about the bee population – their health, their decline, colony collapse, the use of chemicals. That much information can get to be really confusing. To help understand the bees themselves, DK Books presents The Bee Book. Straightforward title I know, but then again, so is the information it contains.
Like any issue, you can’t really effectively help if you don’t understand the inner workings of those affected. The first third of The Bee Book is for anyone trying to understand bees and the issues that surround their survival. How colonies work, different species of bees, ideal habitats for them. This is great information to have at your fingertips when planning your garden this year.
What if you’d like to take bees to the next level? The largest section of the book is dedicated to the raising and care of bees and beehives. ‘There’s more to keeping bees than putting on a suit and veil’ The most vital piece of advice The Bee Book dishes out is to find a local beekeeping group and gain the trust of an experienced beekeeper. No one will better understand how beekeeping works in your area better than a local.
The last portion of the book recipes for everything from hair rinse to furniture polish. If you choose to raise your own bees, there would be no end of uses for any portion of the product.
I think what I appreciate most about this book is the unbiased approach to the possible causes behind the honey bee decline. Truth be told – no one knows for sure what has caused the drastic decline in these pollinators. The finger is quickly pointed at pesticides – most often neonicotinoids or neonics for short. Intensive study, however, has shown that they are unlikely to be the culprit. Humans, however, are not off the hook. Migratory beekeeping (moving bee colonies thousands of miles to pollinate nut and fruit trees), genetic over breeding, monoculture farming – these factors play a huge role in bee health, but are rarely discussed in the media.
DK Canada has a wide selection of animal-tastic books it is featuring right now in the Creatures Great & Small Boutique. Be sure to check it out
The Bee Book – Giveaway!
There is so much to be learned from this book that my friends over at DK Canada are helping me to host a giveaway so that one of my Canadian readers can have a copy of their very own. Odds of winning this fantastic book will depend on how much buzz surrounds this book, enticing people to enter this giveaway. The Bee Book has an approximate retail value of $29 CDN. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Contest closes May 6, 2016 11:59 PM ET.
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