Madison my oldest son completed his Eagle Scout Project this past weekend at the Effingham County Animal Shelter where many boys and their parents participated in renovations to make the center more attractive for visitors to increase awareness of the need for animal adoption and animal sterilization to prevent euthanasia requirements for the thousands of animals abandon by residents annually. It was there we learned from another parent that Madison had been named most valuable player for his high school band. Way to go son!
The first week of May has brought construction of the official business sign at the gates of Beefield. The ten foot tall six foot by five foot sign should offer a landmark more easily identified by visitors and travelers. It was nice to see the Christian Motorcyclists Association #621 passing by and wave on Sunday afternoon. And the sign will add a charm of its own to Beefield.
Construction of bee boxes is in full gear here as our own hives need split and those beekeepers around begin to stop by to restock their own bee supplies for Spring. We took delivery of five nucs from Bobby Colson this week and added them to the bee yard as we prepared fully assembled and painted boxes for the "new bees" who are just entering into the wonderful world of beekeeping.
We have filed an investigation request with the Georgia Department of Agriculture into the possible misuse of labeled farm chemicals in the area. We have experienced a high attrition rate in our hives so far this Spring and bees kept away from Beefield have not seen the same failure rate as here at Beefield. Attempts at reaching the farmers who rent the nearby fields have been in vain. We see men working the fields, stop them and provide a business card asking if they can have the farmer call us, but alas after six months no calls. So, let's try another approach at identifying potential violators. Lab results on bees submitted for testing have shown poisoning, but where from? Bees can fly up to two miles to find nectar and pollen. That's a big area.
Look for us at the UGA Young Harris Beekeeping Institute this week. We will encamp at site #63 at the fairgrounds where the Friday night meal is held.