Bee KEEPING, Not Bee having by Anastasia Powell

Bee KEEPING, not bee Having.


            Welcome to an instalment of Bee Haven’s bee blog. This one is a motivated little message regarding the descision to “get bees”.


            Let me start by saying I LOVE MY BEES!!They are a constant source of satisfaction and wonder for me on a regular basis. But they are work also. This post isn’t meant to scare you or intimidate you, only to pass on a very important message!


 Recently accompanying my posts about my bees and the videos, along with the outcry to help save the bees that is a publicly heard message around the world, I have been getting a lot of messages about people “getting” bees or wanting to.   


            Now, where I whole heartedly support people taking an interest in bees and helping them, nature and society out, I also feel I need to stress that it isn’t just GETTING bees but Being a Bee KEEPER. This means that you care for and help protect the colony from the many elements in this world that can harm them, along with helping them thrive!


The BEST way to become a Bee Keeper- “protector and helper to the bees” is GET EDUCATED!!There are many different ways to do that but one of the smartest to start is to take a registered course from an experienced keeper and instructor. Here in Edmonton, you CAN NOT have bees without taking several steps, and this is the first. The second and very important thing is to GET A QUALIFIED MENTOR (the city will also not allow you to have them your first year without one). I have been keeping bees for a year now, this does not make me a good choice for a mentor. My mentor, which I will continue to work with, so I can continue to learn from experience has been keeping bees for 15years both personally and commercially so has a wide range of knowledge and techniques. 


            Getting a hive but not being aware or able to care for issues such as Varroa mites or Nosema (to name a few more common issues), makes you not only irresponsible to your own hive as a keeper, but a danger to other hives within the area (bees can travel veeryyyy far and come into contact with others regularily).  How are you going to be helping “save the bees” if you didn’t treat for a disease within your own hive and then spread it to others?? Or shared it with the native pollinator bees??


            There are also a lot of other things to be aware of. Season change hive maintenance, feed for dearth times, queen issues… the list can go on and on. You need to be aware of the time and effort you SHOULD be willing to put in to care for the little animals. You feed and walk your dog/cat. Well, these little animals need you too. 


 Pesticides aren’t the only thing causing bee death out there, and it’s best not to be a part of the problem when a solution of Proper education is so simple. I have listed a few places to look for courses around Edmonton area (there are more also, you can check with the city for other registered courses). 


Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope you are inspired to get educated and become a BEE KEEPER!!




Three Local Course sources:


ABC Bees


EDBA – Edmonton beekeeping association





Bee Facts numero 4 by Anastasia Powell

Sorry its been a while since the last fact, in the mean time The Haven has its Course completes, licence to carry (bees that is) and hive itself. Now its time ot paint the hive and on that note, BEE Fact number 4!!

Did you know that bees recognize shapes?? During navigation to and from their hive bees recognize the landscape itself and also specific shapes. If you have four hives next to each other and need to help the bees recognize the specific hive they belong to, painting them differently can actually help them out!! (although facing the entrances different directions helps too!)

Looking forward to posting pictures of the bees soon so stay tuned!

Bee fact of the day 2 by Anastasia Powell

Did you know... that bees have 3 EXTRA eyes on top of their heads!

These extra eyes are used to gather information that helps them with orientation and triangulation, helping them in their journey to and from their nests.

hope you enjoyed this little bit of learning!

BEE well!


Random BEE FACT of the day! March 6, 2018 by Anastasia Powell

Welcome to the first entry in what is hopefully a fun way to learn and become more educated about our incredible and fascinating little friends.

So, with no further ado, bee fact of the day!:

Did you know, that out of the currently recognized 20,000 species of bees worldwide (estimated that there are up to 30,000 with the undiscovered ones), that 70% OF BEES LIVE UNDER GROUND!!

In North America, the two hive bees are Honey Bees and Bumble bees, and even these bees don't hive in dangling nests like in cartoons, but prefer to build in crevices and hollows (this keeps them protected from the elements and unexpected visitors).

I hope that you have found this little tid-bit interesting! Keep checking for new and fun facts!

BEE well!