The Buzz on the Busy Bees at Capitol Bee CARE
In DC beekeeper Sean McKenzie, President of President of Capital Bee Care LLC has been witness to the bees’ struggles for many years. His academic research has been ongoing since 2010 and his research has been published in the proceedings of the 2012 conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the 2013 conference of the National Institute of Science, and the 2013 conference of the National Scientific Honors Society.
Sean McKenzie explaining bee facts to visitors at the USDA farmers market.
This year’s data was dramatic. The 30 packages of bees McKenzie ordered from a breeder in Georgia last year did not overwinter very well – 28 out of them did not make it through the cold. By contrast, 95% of his locally-raised queens flourished and are going strong in their hives all around DC.
His goal is to create a sort of Consumer Reports or “Angie’s List” report for beekeepers. “I take the losses for everyone,” Sean told me with a smile.
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