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 A-Z Beekeeping with the Slovenian hive

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Author: Janko Bozic 
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing 2017, 65 pages

This hive has a long history in Eastern Europe and involved  beekeeping experts currently involved in the main spread of the well-known Carniolan bee. The original hive design was developed during direct experience with the American way of beekeeping at the end of 19th century, but was slowly introduced at the beginning of 20th century. It overrode all other concepts and with some new innovations is alive and well among Slovenian professional beekeepers. The book is a result of an old wish to describe the Slovenian way of beekeeping. Two beekeepers from USA, Suzanne and Mark, started with our hives. One had previous experience in Slovenia, the other with ancestors in Slovenia. Both fell in love with Slovenia first, and later recognized the special beauty of the Slovenian way of beekeeping. Mark had the idea that the early adopters of the AZ hive will need some kind of user guide. We developed this book to provide basic help for beekeepers that want to use a hive that gives enjoyment regardless of obstacles that arrive with aging or other reasons. 

ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture

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Author: Roger A. Morse, Kim Flottum 
Publisher: A.I. Root Company 1990, 830 pages

An Encyclopedia pertaining to the scientific and practical culture of honey bees. ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture is a comprehensive resource guide for beekeepers at any skill level. ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture is organized like an encyclopedia of beekeeping. Topics are listed in alphabetical order and cover every topic related to beekeeping. 

ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture


Author: Ernest R. Root
Publisher: A. I. Root Company, 1945, 720 pages

An Encyclopedia pertaining to the scientific and practical culture of honey bees. ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture is a comprehensive resource guide for beekeepers at any skill level. ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture is organized like an encyclopedia of beekeeping. Topics are listed in alphabetical order and cover every topic related to beekeeping. 

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American Bee Journal, September 2016

The Beekeeper’s Companion since 1861

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Dadent Publications 

Features: Protecting Colonies from Varroa Mites, Practical research on drawing foundation, making creamed honey, anarchists in the hive.

Analytical Lab Directory for Beekeepers

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Author: Project Apis m. (PAm) 
Publisher: Project Apis m. 22 pages


The Art & Adventure of Beekeeping

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Authors: Ormond & Harry Aebi
Publisher: Rodale Press 1983, 184 pages

Explaining not only the “how” but “when” of beekeeping to guarantee the greatest honey yield. Authors Ormond and Harry Aebi share their lifetime of experience to offer amazing insight into the inner life of the hive, the language of the bees, gathering and gentling wild swarms, as well as methods of preparing and maintaining healthy hives.

Articles, Tips, Information Compilation

Author: Walt Weilbicki 
Publisher: Walt Weilbicki 

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At the Hive Entrance

Author: H. Storch 
Publisher: European Apiculture 

At the Hive Entrance by H. Storch; An Observation Handbook. "How to know what happens inside the hive by observation on the outside" English Version.

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The Autobiography of A. I. Root

An Eyewitness Account of Early American Beekeeping

Author: Amos Ives Root 
Publisher: A. I. Root Company, 1984

At the age of 84, A.I. Root began to work on his autobiography. He prepared a series of articles, giving his own story of his life, to be published after his death. These installments were published monthly in, Gleanings in Bee Culture, under the title of "A.I. Root's Story of His Own Life" from June 1923 until November 1928. 

Back Yard Hive (DVD)

Alternative Beekeeping Using the Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Methods

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Author: Corwin Bell 
Publisher: BackYardHive.com 

The BackYardHive DVD demonstrates how to care for bees in your backyard. The DVD demonstrates step-by-step how-to sections on where to place your hive, how to find bees for your hive, how to install your bees, how to work in your hive and how to process your honey. We teach you how a beehive works together, how it’s organized, how to tell different kinds of comb apart and how to know if your hive is sick or queen-less. Chapters include (1) Features of the Top Bar Hive (2) The Location of the Hive (3) Setting up Your Hive (4) Finding Bees for your Hive (5) How to Capture a Swarm (6) Introducing Bees into the Hive (7) About the Bee Colony (8) How the colony is Organized (9) Working with the Bees (10) Adventuring into the Hive (11) Single Comb Harvest (12) Processing Honey (13) Fall Preparations (14) Fall Preparations (15) The Future

The Backyard Beekeeper

An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in your Yard and Garden

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Author: Kim Flottum 
Publisher: Quarry Books 

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on "greening" your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook--all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference. This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You'll learn the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you'll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats, and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included."Makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere.

The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook

A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys

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Author: Kim Flottum 
Publisher: Quayside Publishing Group, 168 pages

A truly lush, radiant enthusiast’s guide, The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook goes beyond the scope of a cookbook to introduce to readers the literal cornucopia of honey varieties available. An intuitive follow-up to The Backyard Beekeeper, this book will presume beekeeping experience but reintroduce the basics. It is an insight into the practical, back-to-the-earth beekeeping lifestyle and well as the artisan cultivation of honey varieties.

Bee Culture Magazine

With your North Olympic Library System Card, you can access Bee Culture Magazine as far back as 1998 to the current issue.  Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Go to the NOLS website. (nols.org)

  2. Look under Online Resources.

  3. Select A-Z All Online Resources

  4. Select the letter Pin the row of alphabet letters.

  5. Select ProQuest

  6. Sign in with your library card number and your password. 

  7. Select Publications.

  8. Type Bee Culture in the Search field, and click the Search button

  9. You have arrived at Bee Culture, Medina

  10. At this point you can search by topic (e.g. Varroa Mites) or simply browse specific issues by selecting your chosen link.

 Just a heads up: Not all the publications offer full text articles.  Some show only the abstract or summary.

Bee Culture Magazine, May 2014

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Treatment Free Beekeeping, All About Drones, About Honey

Bee Culture Magazine, June 2014

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Beeswax, Mother Earth, Elderflower Mead, Summer Nucs and Varroa

Bee Culture Magazine, July 2014

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Beeswax, Bee Trees, Top-Bar Hives, Veterans and Warriors Project.

Bee Culture Magazine, August 2014

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Queen Quality, Hive Tool Care, Overwintering, Build a Top Bar

Bee Culture Magazine, September 2014

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Handling Honey, The Russians are coming, Chili Mead

Bee Culture Magazine, September 2016

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Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Bear stories; Milkweeds; National Honey Month; Successful beekeeping; watching winter cluster

Bee Culture Magazine, October 2016

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: The Bee’s Knees, Beeswax Basics, Observation Hive How-To

Bee Culture Magazine, December 2016

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Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Kelley Beekeeping, Ribbon Cutting, Inters with Comfort, Kelley, Brandts, Bennett, Reisdorph, Riopelle, Oliver, Goulson, Tarpy, Strachan, Russian Honeybee Program.

Bee Culture Magazine, April 2017

Author: Contributers 
Publisher: Root Publications 

Features: Good bugs, bad bugs; The Queen’s court; Royal Jelly; searching for pollen

 Bee Equipment Essentials

Author: Ed Simon 
Publisher: Wicwas Press 2011, 144 Pages

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 This How-to-do-it approach to building bee equipment provides a clear plan to make your own bee equipment. Even if you never build bee equipment, this book will help you understand how to assemble and use many useful beekeeping tools. Build your own hive stands, bottom boards, entrance reducers, hive bodies, inner covers, telescoping covers and feeders. Build a variety of nucleus hives. Or build your own top bar hive. Build frames and bars for queen production, and make a Cloake Board. Make your own honey extractor and tools to help you process honey. Capture swarms with devices you build from inexpensive equipment. Build these items from materials you 'recycle' in a dumpster dive; enjoy building things you never dreamed you needed, like jigs, that hold equipment together during assembly. Build a solar wax extractor and harvest the wax found in wax scraps and old combs.

The Bee Hunter

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Author: Georg Harold Edgell
Kessinger Publishing® LLC (Original Publication 1949) 49 Pages

Originally published in 1949, this amusing and informative little book gives a charming account of an avocation seriously pursued by the author for fifty summers. It provides as well, with clarity and wit, a manual for lovers of nature (and wild honey) who might wish to undertake this ingenious sport. George Harold Edgell sticks his neck out on the first page and says no other book describing the proper approach to wild bees exists. “It is time,” he says, “for someone who has hunted bees and found bee trees to write the facts.”

The Bee Movie (DVD)

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Author: Jerry Seinfeld 
Publisher: DreamWorks 

Ambitious young worker bee Barry B. Benson soars out into the world with the high-flying pollen jocks in search of nectar and adventure. But when he breaks one of the cardinal rules of bee-dom and speaks to humans, Barry sets off an un-bee-lievable chain of events that proves even a little bee can make a big difference!

 Bee Removal (DVD)

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Author: Bill Owens 
Publisher: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm 

We tag along with Bill Owens, designer of the Owen's Bee Vac, as he goes on a bee removal. Bill is a Master Beekeeper that has done hundreds of removals throughout Georgia. In this DVD he is removing a colony from a building before it is demolished, but the techniques are applicable to any removal. 1 hour duration.

Bee Sex Essentials

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Author: Lawrence John Connor 
Publisher: Wicwas Press, LLC 2008, 152 Pages

Preface by Dr. David Tarpy, North Carolina State University, Releigh, NC. The fate of the queen and the drones she mates with ultimately determines the fate of your colony. This book covers the development and colony regulation of drone and queen production, how they mate and influence the hive. A section on introductory bee genetics explains sex determination, the role of drone diversity, and other concepts beekeepers must understand. Look at model breeding programs using survivor and mite-resistant stocks (yours and others) to develop a miticide free management plan. This book features all full color photographs.

The Bee-Man of Orn

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Author: Frank Richard Stockton 
Publisher: Candlewick Press

In the ancient country of Orn lived an old man called the Bee-man, because he spent his life in the company of bees. All seemed well and fine in the life of the Bee-man until an unexpected visit from a Junior Sorcerer sends him on a mission to examine himself. You see, the Junior Sorcerer told the Bee-man that he has been transformed into something else. "If you will find out what you have been transformed from, I will see that you are made all right again," the young Sorcerer tells him. Could it have been a giant, or a powerful prince, or some gorgeous being whom the magicians or the fairies wish to punish? The Bee-man sets out to discover just what his original form might be.

The Beekeeper's Handbook, 2011

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Author: Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile 
Publisher: Cornell University Press 2011, 308 pages

This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites. The book explains not only how but also why each step is part of the transformative process that results in the magnificent creation of honey. This essential guide is a beekeeper's most valuable resource.

Colony Collapse Disorder has renewed our recognition of the importance of small-scale beekeeping and the critical role of bees in the production of our food supply. For the growing number of beekeepers looking to set up hives for either a rewarding hobby or a profitable commercial enterprise, this updated and revised essential how-to guide includes:

  • Step-by-step directions for all stages from setting up an apiary to harvesting honey;

  • Approximately 100 illustrations featuring techniques, equipment, and bee biology;

  • Information about how to manage new pests and diseases including Colony Collapse Disorder;

  • Coverage of new trends and changes in beekeeping including green IPM techniques and new laws for urban beekeeping;

  • The most up-to-date bibliography and list of resources on the topic; and

  • A new user-friendly book design that clearly highlights instructions and other important features.

The Beekeeper's Handbook, 1998

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Author: Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile 
Publisher: Cornell University Press 1998, 190 pages 

Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, Varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. The new edition of The Beekeeper's Handbook covers mite detection and control as well as the selection and testing of bees that may have some tolerance to mites.*Serves as a comprehensive well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper.*Outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.*Provides easy-to-follow directions and diagrams. Includes glossary and updated bibliography suggesting more detailed information on the topics discussed.

Beekeeping for All

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Author: Abbé ´Emile Warré 
Translated by Patricia and David Heaf
Publisher: Northern Bee Books 2007, 162 pages 

This book describes the development, construction and operation of the 'People's Hive' of Abbé Émile Warré (d. 1951). Responding to the obvious decline in beekeeping in France since his youth, Warré experimented with some three hundred and fifty hives of various designs with the aim of producing a hive that was simple, economical, bee-friendly and assured a surplus for the beekeeper. Warré's hive can be easily made by anyone with basic woodworking skills or is available from suppliers in the UK, USA or continental Europe.

About the author: L'Abbé Eloi François Émile Warré was born on 9 March 1867 at Grébault-Mesnil in the Somme département. He was ordained a priest on 19 September 1891 -- Amiens diocese -- and became the parish priest of Mérélessart (Somme) in 1897 then of Martainneville (Somme) in 1904. He disappeared from the records in 1916 subsequently to reappear at Saint-Symphorien (Indre-et-Loire) to devote himself exclusively to beekeeping. He died at Tours on 20 April 1951. Abbé Warré developed The People's Hive based on his studies of 350 hives of different systems that existed at his time as well as of the natural habits of the bee. To publish his findings, he wrote several books: La santé ou les Meilleurs traitements de toutes les maladies (Health or better treatments for all illnesses), Le Miel, ses propriétés et ses usages (Honey its properties and applications), La Santé, manuel-guide des malades et des bien-portants(Health, a manual for the ill and the well) --1912 -- and by far the most important L'Apiculture pour Tous (Beekeeping for All) whose twelfth and last edition is dated 1948.

Beekeeping for Dummies

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Author: Howland Blackiston 
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons 

This practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy.

Beekeeping: Exploring a Unique Industry,
Companion Outline to the Videos

Author: James Tew 
Publisher: Ohio State University 

Course outline for a lecture series

Beekeeping: Exploring a Unique Industry (1-7) VHS

Author: James Tew 
Publisher: Ohio State University 

Parts 1 through 7

Beekeeping: Exploring a Unique Industry (8-14) VHS

Author: James Tew 
Publisher: Ohio State University, 1996 

Parts 8 through 14

Beekeeping: The Gentle Craft

An Introduction To One Of The Oldest Most Beguiling Cultures Of Man

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Author: John F. Adams 
Publisher: Wynwood Press, 182 pages 

Industrious, indefatigable, socially complex and totally dedicated, the honey bee is one of nature's most fascinating and productive creatures. And if you've ever felt the urge to have your own colony of those intrepid insects--to say nothing of your own personal supply of honey--you'll find all the basic information you need in this book. John Adams offers a happy combination of fact, instruction, and reassurance for the amateur beekeeper: where, when and how to get bees; how to cope with disease, bad weather and other common problems; how to harvest and store honey; what you can and cannot expect from your apiary. He mixes dry with and bee lore with common sense and practical advice in a book that's a useful guide for the beginning beekeeper and delightful reading for anyone who wants to know more about this uniquely rewarding hobby.

Bees: Tales from the Hive (NOVA video)

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Author: Wolfgang Thaler, Herbert Habersack 
Publisher: WGBH NOVA, 1998 

Amazingly up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses brings you the most intimate and most spectacular portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed. Its not frightening- its fascinating. See things you never imagined. Hear things only bees hear. Discover new found facts about the strange and complex life of bees in Bees: Tales from the Hive.

Bees, Hives, Honey! Beekeeping for Children

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Author: Tim Rowe 
Publisher: Green Hat Books, 88 pages

Children can be beekeepers! All they need is the right hive, a good suit and some help to get them started.. This is a really practical guide to beekeepers of any age, but especially designed for children and teenagers. It is full of color photos showing how to build a hive, how to catch a swarm, how to look after the bees, and harvest the honey. There's a section for parents, too, with advise on how to guide a beekeeping group and keep everyone safe. There are plans included for two sorts of hives - both suitable for children because they have no heavy parts. All in all a truly inspiring book that encourages everyone to look at their natural environment and get to know one of the most amazing species on the planet. 

Bees in America

How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

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Author: Tammy Horn
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky, 2015, 333 Pages

Bees in America is an enlightened cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. Tammy Horn, herself a beekeeper, offers a varied social and technological history from the colonial period, when the British first introduced bees to the New World, to the present, when bees are being used by the American military to detect bombs. The legacy of early European colonists provided sustenance and livelihood for immigrants, making the honey bee a sign of colonization.

Beeswax Molding and Candle Making

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Author: Richard Taylor 
Publisher: Linden Books, 38 pages

Our library has two copies of this publication. This small booklet was taken from the How-To-Do-It Book of Beekeeping, revised edition. A completely illustrated guide to the refinement and use of beeswax in candle making.

The Biggle Bee Book

A Swarm of Facts on Practical Beekeeping, Carefully Hived

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Author: Jacob Biggle 
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. 144 pages

As long as I can remember, even as a boy, there were bees kept on our farm,” wrote Jacob Biggle in his preface to The Biggle Bee Book. “If for no other reason than to insure the proper fertilization of fruit and other blossoms, every farmer, fruit grower, or gardener should keep a few bees upon his grounds.” Biggle’s fifty colonies of bees, though requiring just a small part of his time, paid Biggle a larger return than any other animal on his farm. Not only did he take pleasure in caring for these wonderful insects and enjoying the honey they produced, he also recognized that their presence on his farm meant that his orchards and crops would flourish.

If there are any so-called secrets to the art of beekeeping, Jacob Biggle does his best to expose them all in this delightful little volume: The benefits of keeping bees. How to care for bees through the winter. The marketing and selling of wax and honey-based products. What bee-friendly plants to raise in the garden. How to introduce a new queen to the hive.

A Book of Bees

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Author: Sue Hubbell 
Publisher: Ballatine Books, 193 pages

A New York Times Notable Book: “A melodious mix of memoir, nature journal, and beekeeping manual” (Kirkus Reviews).

Weaving a vivid portrait of her own life and her bees’ lives, author Sue Hubbell lovingly describes the ins and outs of beekeeping on her small Missouri farm, where the end of one honey season is the start of the next. With three hundred hives, Hubbell stays busy year-round tending to the bees and harvesting their honey, a process that is as personally demanding as it is rewarding. Exploring the progression of both the author and the hive through the seasons, this is “a book about bees to be sure, but it is also about other things: the important difference between loneliness and solitude; the seasonal rhythms inherent in rural living; the achievement of independence; the accommodating of oneself to nature” —The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Beautifully written and full of exquisitely rendered details, it is a tribute to Hubbell’s wild hilltop in the Ozarks and of the joys of living a complex life in a simple place.

Breeding Super Bees

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Author: Steve Taber 
Publisher: The A. I. Root Company 1987, 174 pages

Breeding Super Bees covers all aspects of selectively breeding better bees in a very readable form and aimed at both hobby and commercial beekeepers.