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Miscellaneous articles

Bear Fence

Updated parts list: May 23, 2014. In my area, our apiaries need to be protected from black bears.  Over the years, I’ve developed a simple and effective electric fence design.  You can download a pdf of plans and photos here: Bear Fence PDF Updates to add to the PDF Update Nov 2017–after seeing an excellent […]

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Queens For Pennies

First published in: American Bee Journal, March 2014

Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com I’ve been encouraged in recent years by the number of beekeepers who appear to be successfully keeping locally-adapted stocks of bees without treatment for varroa.  I am a strong supporter of their efforts, and see them as the wave of the future. But First A Rant Unfortunately, there is also a great […]

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A California Beekeeper Reports from Down Under

Randy Oliver ABJ September 2008 Australia is in a unique situation—long-term drought, a massive feral bee population, honey flows every month of the year, a burgeoning demand for almond pollination, and the varroa mite knocking at the door. I’m freshly returned from an all-too-brief visit to the Land Down Under. Australia is a long, long […]

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A California Beekeeper Returns Down Under

ABJ October 2009 I’ve never had the means to travel to faraway places. Recently, however, I find myself in the fortuitous situation of having beekeepers actually pay my way to speak at conferences, so I am taking advantage of what is likely my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit exotic lands and meet the locals. In June […]

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