swarm on the left, me the bee-nerd on the right
How-day! My friends and family all me Nina, or J9. I recently obtained my Master’s degree in Environmental Science, and have been an active beekeeper since 2005. I was an apiculture research assistant at the University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre from the years of 2006 to 2010, and those years, without question, were some of the best in my life thus far. I was in my hay day learning, working, and teaching everything honey bees, doing presentations for beekeepers’ associations and kids’ groups alike.
Check out how “tall” the bee colonies are in the picture below. There’s 6-7 honey supers stacked on top! This photo was taken in 2009, and the people from left to right are: Miriam, Jessica, ME, Matt, and my bee sensei, Paul Kelly.