Two things inspired this edition of Wild About. The first is Laline Paull's excellent novel titled The Bees. The second is a Your Wild Life blog post about urban native bee research at North Carolina State. If you need to expand your summer reading list, I strongly recommend The Bees. Emma Straub reviewed the book for the New York Times.
I was browsing issues of Edible East Bay for photographs of iced tea (!) and came across two bee-related essays, one about native bee habitat restoration and the other about backyard bee keeping. Edible Austin profiled Brandon Fehrenkamp, owner of Eastside Honey Company.
|Image: Rococo Bee Bar, screen capture from Candy Blog (source)|
In addition to my love of iced tea, I like candy. I have not eaten the Rococo Bee Bar, but Candy Blog gave it high marks: 7 out of 10, or "worth it."
Did you know that there is a bee box in Union Square Park?! And that you can buy NYC rooftop honey at the Union Square Greenmarket?
|Image: Nomia species|
This Wild About would not be completed without a nod to children. An adventure with Ms. Frizzle and her students is a great way to learn about the natural world and scientific concepts. The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive does not disappoint.
Finally, Design*Sponge has a nice round-up of objects inspired by bees.
Would you like to read more Wild Abouts? Check out other posts in the series: Horses, Snowy owls, Squirrels, Eating insects, Chipmunks, Pigeons, Ginkgo.
P.S. Want to raise bees in the city? Listen to this hands-on guide by beekeeper James Fischer on WNYC.
* I discovered the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr via Legal Nomad's Tutorials on the Art of Photographing Wildlife.
Wild About was inspired by the Animal Love series at Design*Sponge.