Bee populations are plummeting. The solution? Give them what they need to live naturally, and they'll handle the rest.
Susan Knilans and Jacqueline Freeman are in love with bees. So in love that they observe their bees—their work, communication, seasonal activity, and more—for hours each day. And with observation came realization: when bees are allowed to live as they would in nature (with smaller hives, no chemicals, freedom to swarm, and little-to-no human interference), they will thrive. Accordingly, Knilans and Freeman have spent decades perfecting the revolutionary practice of preservation beekeeping, guided by the simple question, "What do the bees want?"
A must-listen, this instructional book tells the story of their successes and failures, demonstrating what was learned along the way. Sharing preservation beekeeping's key tenets, the authors provide concrete, simple ways to implement their approach, from finding the right hive location to honing observation skills. This preservation manifesto is a vital addition to any beekeeper's library, imparting all the joys of a beekeeper's life.
Petrea Burchard grew up in northern Illinois, where farm meets university, making her a townie with a love for animals, nature, and books. She started reading as soon as she figured out how and has been an actor since she could get anyone to pay attention.
Petrea's stage experience covers everything from Second City comedy to Shakespeare, and her resume includes television, film, and voice-over work. Petrea earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing with a double minor in theater and French. Along with numerous articles and short stories she has published a time-slip novel, Camelot & Vine, and a book of comic essays, Act As If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand, about being a journeyman actor in Hollywood. When she's not narrating audiobooks in her Los Angeles home studio, Petrea loves to travel. But a hike in the mountains with her husband and their pit bull, Melly, is as good as a weekend in Paris.