Deep Ecology & Research

We integrate principles of Deep Ecology into our learning processes about the nature of honeybees. Deep Ecology states that “the well-being and flourishing of human and nonhuman life on Earth have value in themselves. These values are independent of the usefulness of the nonhuman world for human purposes”. We created a seven-year research project to further our understanding of wild, unmanaged, and naturalized honeybees. We are locating, evaluating, and monitoring wild honeybee populations in a remote Wildlands Preserve in California. Many indications and scientific studies point toward longevity and the elevated health of unmanaged honeybees in remote landscapes that are shielded from modern beekeeping practices.

  • The Craft of Beelining for locating wild Honeybees

We are following the wild bees by employing the ancient craft and science of beelining. Using simple equipment and sophisticated skills, we follow the flights of wild honeybees back to the trees they live in. Depending on the density of the forests and other factors, it may take between 15 minutes to over one year to find a particular tree nest. Beelining is an essential tool that is integral to our research project. Our staff is offering workshops regularly to train those who are interested and further promote a renaissance of this ancient craft and science.

  • Protecting Resilient Populations

We promote the conservation and protection of wild honeybees in the time of the 6th mass extinction event on earth. Our mission is to advance the scientific understanding of the life of wild honeybees and further develop regenerative strategies for sustainable pathways of apiculture.

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