R - S Listing of Books and Other Media
Requeening & Colony Division (DVD)
Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Publisher: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Visit five commercial beekeepers and learn their methods and tricks for requeening and making splits. Almost a full hour of great tips!
Robbing The Bees
A Biography Of Honey
Author: Holley Bishop
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 326 pages
Essential to the food, drink, religion, economics, medicine and arts of every civilization since the Egyptians, honey - and the bees that make it - have been a vital part of the human record for millennia, appearing on cave paintings, wax tablets and papyrus scrolls. From the temples of the Nile to the hives behind the author's house, men and women have had a long, rapturous love affair with the beehive.
Robbing The Bees is a biography, history, celebration and love letter to bees and their magical produce. Holley Bishop follows beekeeper Donald Smiley on his daily tasks then explores the lively science, culture and lore that surround each step of the process and each stage of lives of the bees and their honey. Throughout are the author's lyrical reflections on her own beekeeping experiences, the business and gastronomical world of honey, the myriad varieties of honey (as distinct as the provenance of wine), as well as recipes, illustrations and historical quotes. Combining passionate research, rich detail, and fascinating anecdote, Robbing The Bees is a sumptuous look at the oldest, most delectable food in the world.
Silence of the Bees (VHS)
Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee. The filmmakers of Bees take viewers around the world to the sites of fallen hives, to high-tech labs, where scientists race to uncover clues, and even deep inside honeybee colonies. Silence of the Bees is the story of a riveting, ongoing investigation to save honeybees from dying out. The film goes beyond the unsolved mystery to tell the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our diets and takes a look at what’s at stake if honeybees disappear. Silence of the Bees explores the complex world of the honeybee in crisis and instills in viewers a sense of urgency to learn ways to help these extraordinary animals.
Silence of the Bees (DVD)
Narrated by F. Murray Abraham. Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee. The filmmakers of Bees take viewers around the world to uncover clues, and even deep inside honeybee colonies. Silence of the Bees is the story of an ongoing investigation to save honeybees from dying out. The film tells the story of the honeybee itself, its invaluable impact on our diets and takes a look at what’s at stake if honeybees disappear. Silence of the Bees explores the complex world of the honeybee in crisis and instills in viewers a sense of urgency to learn ways to help these extraordinary animals.
The Song of Increase
Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World
Author: Jacqueline Freeman
Publisher: Sounds True, 189 pages
The most joyful emanation produced by a colony of bees is known as the “song of increase”—declaring that the hive is flourishing and the bees are happy in its abundance. "Song of Increase" takes us inside the world of the honeybee to glean the wisdom of these fascinating creatures with whom humanity has shared a sacred bond for millennia.
Within these pages is a bee-centric approach to living with honeybees, rather than advice for simply maximizing the products they provide. Jacqueline Freeman takes us beyond traditional beekeeping and offers a way to work in harmony with honeybees for both their good and ours. “Our way is one of kind observation,” she explains, “where we create supportive homes and fields for bees to live in, as well as tend the heartfelt relationships we form by being together.”
"Song of Increase" focuses on hidden aspects of apiculture that lead us naturally to more sustainable practices. Freeman illuminates the unity consciousness that guides every action in the colony and how this profound awareness can influence the way we see both the natural world and ourselves. Each chapter presents a wealth of information about the life of bees, including Freeman’s personal insights and direct teachings received from the bees themselves.
A Sting in the Tale
My Adventures with Bumblebees
Author: Dave Goulson
Publisher: Picador, New York 2014, 256 pages
One man's quest to save the bumblebee. Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee now only exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson's passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes exclusive research into these curious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee and advice on how to protect it for all time. One of the UK's most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines Gerald Durrell-esque tales of a child's growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee. He details the minutiae of life in their nests, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and on the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition
Authors: Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney
Publisher: Storey Publishing, 212 pages
This trusted handbook is a must-have for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Now totally redesigned and featuring color photos and graphics, the second edition also includes up-to-date information on honey bee health. The go-to reference presents comprehensive yet accessible information on everything from planning hives and installing a colony to preventing disease and managing productive hives that will bear bountiful honey harvests year after year.
This book is part of the online Apprentice-Level Beekeeping Course curriculum at the the University of Montana Division of Biological Sciences as BIOB 191 Apprentice Level Beekeeping.
Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford is professor emeritus at the University of Florida. His work has appeared in numerous apicultural publications, including the journals, Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. For more than 20 years he has written an apiculture newsletter featuring beekeeping information from around the world. Sandford is also the developer of the Apis Information Resource Center: beekeep.info
The late Richard E. Bonney was a master beekeeper in Massachusetts and author of the classic book Hive Management and Beekeeping.
How to Make More Than 360 Useful Products that Contain Honey and Beeswax
Author: Elaine C. White
Publisher: Valley Hills Press, 114 pages
There are 360 formulas (recipes) for making products that contain honey and beeswax. A good reference book for beekeepers, herb enthusiasts and anyone who wants to know the ingredients in the products they use.
Swarm Boxes (DVD)
Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Publisher: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Just like fishing you can catch your own bees. Nothing better than free bees! All you need to know are the tricks and this 50-minute presentation will show them all!
Swarm Traps and Bait Hives
The Easy Way to Get Bees for Free
Author: McCartney Taylor
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
The definitive guide to catching free bees using swarm traps and bait hives. A comprehensive how-to for beekeepers. Based on the fact that bees will occupy a cavity of about 40 liters, a swarm trap is made to create the ideal space for a wild swarm to occupy. Thereby, the bees come to the beekeeper so that the beekeeper doesn't have to go hunt swarms.
Sweetened with Honey the Natural Way
Author: National Honey Board
Publisher: Publications International, 95 pages
Beyond taste, honey has a multitude of functional benefits for both cooking and baking. Honey attracts and holds moisture, enhancing freshness and shelf life, and it acts as a binder and thickener for sauces, dressings and marinades. Honey adds a rich golden or amber touch to finished recipes, can be used as a substitution for granulated sweeteners, or can serve as a simple syrup in cocktails or beverages.