Naomi - “ Dad, how much do you know about bees?”
Don - “not much!”
I learned to keep bees in a very different way than most, through hands-on experience and very little research. My dad always impressed upon me the importance of continuing to read and learn about bees throughout my life as there is so much to learn. There is constantly new information being discovered about the complex and fascinating world of honeybees and it feels almost impossible to keep up.
Throughout my Dad’s beekeeping career he was constantly approached by new beekeepers seeking tips and tricks on how to best manage their new hives. But the one thing he would constantly say is ‘ start by reading a book about it.’
Beekeeping In Western Canada has been the reference bible for my beekeeping education. Published by the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Information services, the book acknowledges in the foreword that it should be used as supplemental material to more in-depth reference books ( a few of which are listed below), however for beginner beekeepers, especially in Canada, I feel like this book provides an excellent starting point for aspiring beekeepers.
- Naomi Mark
My “Go-To“ Book: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex38
While working on How To Bee from 2015 – 2019 I witnessed incredible growth in the Yukon beekeeping community, mostly through observing the development of a Yukon created Facebook group Beekeeping North of 60 whose founding members have also created an incredible resource for Northern beekeepers in the form of a companion website, for an amazing variety of information on beekeeping in the North. The website is an awesome new resource for beekeepers in the North. https://www.northof60beekeeping.com/
Other excellent reference material:
ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. 1974. Ed. A.L Root Co., Medina, Ohio.
The Hive and The Honey Bee. 1975. Ed. Dadant and Sons, Hamilton Illinois
Honey 1975. Ed. Eva Crane. William Heinemann Ltd., London
Honeybee Pests, Predators and Diseases. 1978. Ed. Roger A. Morse. Cornell University Press. Ithica, N.Y.