Kathy, (aka "Bessie"), and I began our beekeeping experience in the fall of 2008, when we began a year-long course in beekeeping through the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We got our first package of bees in April of 2009. At the suggestion of our daughter, Jessica, we are logging our beekeeping experience. Hope you find it interesting. It has been interesting, rewarding and entertaining for us as well.
Listen to Marla Spivak, who developed the Minnesota Hygenic queen, with her latest thoughts about bees and how we as humans interact with them and can benefit from them. From NPR's "The Promised Land", the episode is called "Think Like a Bee".