Dr Manuel Montaño
Working with honeybees was a thrilling and fascinating experience. I got to learn about the complex and somewhat fragile lives of honeybees. These small yet sophisticated creatures provide a service for our agriculture system that makes it impossible to sustain without them. Rob Rienstra was a great mentor and was very generous to share his knowledge of beekeeping with me. He has been beekeeping for over 12 years and is very passionate about raising strong and healthy honeybees. Over 10 weeks I learned a lot about the anatomy of a beehive, the different social castes of bees, and the biggest threats that honeybees face. We used smokers to calm the bees while we were moving the frames around, I was told it has no effect on the bees’ wellbeing. Our bee suits were effective at keeping the bees out, but I endured many stings and I quickly learned that the pain is minimal.
Kayler, Delta, "Beeworks Farm Intern" (2022). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 38.
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