Bee People and the Bugs They Love
by Mortimer, Frank







1 How I Started In Beekeeping
1(19)
2 Bee Cops
20(16)
3 Bee First
36(13)
4 All Hail The Queen
49(18)
5 Bee Club
67(14)
6 One-Eyed Bee Guy
81(14)
7 Smoke A Little Smoke
95(14)
8 That Stings
109(15)
9 Death And An Autopsy
124(15)
10 Varroa The Destructor
139(15)
11 Welcome To The World Of Bee
154(18)
12 Bees Bees Bees
172(16)
13 Laying Workers And The Night Shift
188(15)
14 To Have Is Not To Keep
203(16)
15 Honey Honey
219(19)
16 Bee Mistakes
238(19)
17 In And Otters
257(12)
18 Hiving The Bee Club
269(13)
19 Bee Are Family
282(15)
Glossary297(6)
Suggestions for Further Bee Reading303(3)
Beekeeping Resources and Websites306(4)
Acknowledgments310


A fascinating foray into the obsessions, friendships, scientific curiosity, misfortunes and rewards of suburban beekeeping-through the eyes of a Master Beekeeper.





Frank Mortimer is an adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, and a certified master beekeeper. As president of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association since 2011, he has significantly grown his club&;s membership; aligned the Northeast NJ Beekeepers with Ramapo College; founded the &;Honey Cup,&; an annual honey tasting competition, and promoted beekeeping throughout the Northeast. Frank has published multiple articles in Bee Culture Magazine and has led beekeeping seminars across New Jersey and at The New York Botanical Garden. In addition, he successfully campaigned for his hometown of Ridgewood to become New Jersey&;s first &;Bee City USA.&; Frank is married, has three children, and beekeeping is something the whole family enjoys doing together.





*Starred Review* Beekeeping has become popular worldwide, especially in urban areas. There, budding ecologists nurture the insects that pollinate crops and generate the liquid gold of honey. Mortimer installed some beehives in his suburban New Jersey backyard, and rapidly discovered an entire subculture of apiarists whom he finds more than simply idiosyncratic. There's the elderly beekeeper who drives a yellow and black Cadillac and removes bee swarms from trees and suburban house walls. There are the purists who think the smoke beekeepers use to calm bee colonies constitutes cruelty to animals but end up killing their charges. Mortimer learns how to maintain his bees and their hives by a lot of trial and error and by enduring a few stings. He also discovers that swarms of what passes for bee lore on the internet are simply false, and rectifies much misinformation. Joining a regional beekeeping club, he ends up president and expands the club's membership rolls. Mortimer's enthusiasm bursts forth on every page, and his storytelling skills make this a practical handbook for novice beekeepers and a delightful read even for those who can't imagine ever managing a buzzing hive. Photographs of the author's hiving efforts and a bibliography conclude the book. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





*Starred Review* Beekeeping has become popular worldwide, especially in urban areas. There, budding ecologists nurture the insects that pollinate crops and generate the liquid gold of honey. Mortimer installed some beehives in his suburban New Jersey backyard, and rapidly discovered an entire subculture of apiarists whom he finds more than simply idiosyncratic. There's the elderly beekeeper who drives a yellow and black Cadillac and removes bee swarms from trees and suburban house walls. There are the purists who think the smoke beekeepers use to calm bee colonies constitutes cruelty to animals but end up killing their charges. Mortimer learns how to maintain his bees and their hives by a lot of trial and error and by enduring a few stings. He also discovers that swarms of what passes for bee lore on the internet are simply false, and rectifies much misinformation. Joining a regional beekeeping club, he ends up president and expands the club's membership rolls. Mortimer's enthusiasm bursts forth on every page, and his storytelling skills make this a practical handbook for novice beekeepers and a delightful read even for those who can't imagine ever managing a buzzing hive. Photographs of the author's hiving efforts and a bibliography conclude the book. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.






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