As you can tell, it's dandelion season again. Bees gather part of their medicines for the hive from dandelions, other herbs and wild medicinal plants (weeds).
Soon, beekeepers everywhere will be seeing more dead bees around their hives than usual.
Please spread the word that if you must use sprays to kill dandelions, do so after mowing so the concentrated poison won't rise into the life-giving blossoms.
Honey bees, practically as they are now, have been found preserved in amber from the times of dinosaurs. Beekeeping is now an effort to preserve them in live form as best we can.
Linda Sue Buehler,
member, Walla Walla