Thursday, August 02, 2007
The Trip - The Bees
There were stories in the news a few months ago about the bees. They were disappearing.
Pennsylvania beekeeper Dave Hackenberg was the first beekeeper to report to bee researchers what's become known as colony collapse disorder (CCD).
In October Hackenberg had delivered honeybees to a Florida farm to pollinate crops. The bees typically return to their boxed hives when their work is done. But this time was different.
"I came to pick up 400 bee colonies and the bees had just flat-out disappeared," Hackenberg said. "There were no dead bees, no bees on the ground, just empty boxes."
"In almost 50 years as a beekeeper, I've never seen anything like it."
CCD has spread throughout 24 states and ruined hundreds of thousands of bee colonies.
Global Warming alarmists were speculating that GW was the cause of the disappearance. But I have another theory.
They forgot to look for the bees in Montana.
When we crossed the border from Idaho into Montana, we stopped at a rest area just inside the Montana state line (a sign in the rest area shown above). There were bees everywhere. On the flowers. Around the visitor center. And, worst of all, trying their hardest to get inside our motorhome every time we opened the door.
It wasn't just at the rest area, though. There were bees in Kalispell when we were there for my Medical Terminology exam, there were bees in Missoula when we were there for some errands, and there are bees at the pastor's house where we've been staying. There's no shortage of bees up here.
I think the bees in the rest of the country heard that Montana was a great place to go, and they came here. That's what my mom and I did.