Listening to Bees in Winter

Bee listening!


Last winter was my first winter, as a new bee keeper, trying to bring bees through to spring.  We had many nights with temperatures well below zero, and while I had tucked them in that fall for the winter as best I could (the methods for which will be in another post), the anticipation and worry of them surviving or dying was such that there were times that I would strap on snow shoes and walk out to the hive, lean down and put my ear to the top entrance, and then hold my breath while I listened for signs of bee life.  I could never hear anything in daylight, but at night the world seemed quieter, and I often heard the sound of clustered bees within the hive, giving off a hum or buzz when I leaned in and listened.  It seemed like a miracle, every time, to hear…

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