Hive Scales

Hive Scales

Jonathan and his graduate students at Grand Valley State University have been working with the Bee Informed Partnership to automate the monitoring of live honeybee colonies via electronic sensor platforms. In particular we are interested in automatically capturing the...
What Bees Do in the Winter

What Bees Do in the Winter

We often get asked “what do your bees do in the winter?”.  Given the rather brutal winters we experience here in the West Michigan area, these questions are often prompted by concern for the bees’ welfare.  The quick answer to the question is that bees eat lots of...
Tutorial (4) – Buying Bees

Tutorial (4) – Buying Bees

Our previous article provided some guidance on the essential equipment you will need to keep bees. Now it’s time to talk about the bees themselves. As a new beekeeper you have a number of options available to you when it comes to getting honeybees for your new hive....
Tutorial (3): Beekeeping Equipment

Tutorial (3): Beekeeping Equipment

There is no end to the various types of beekeeping you can purchase for your beekeeping hobby.  Beekeepers are constantly inventing new gadgets to simplify beekeeping, and the bee supply companies are more than happy to peddle them.  In this article we will take a...