Springtime at the Lodge is all about THE BIRDS AND THE BEES…
Every March 15 or so, we hear the distinctive call of the Mexican Black Tailed Hawks (mates for life), returning to Oak Creek Canyon, where they nest their young on scags of Cottonwood trees along the banks of the creek.
The fruit trees... peach, apple, and wild plum... rely on our friends, the bees, to pollinate their blossoms. Our local bee whisperer, Patrick Pines, brings us hives to make this happen.
Last year we watched as he gently replaced the Queen, a docile and harmonious gal from New Mexico, with her former "evil", less diplomatic, predecessor.
The succession worked; the next dramatic episode included an intrusive black bear, curious and hungry after his long winter's nap. We were "hip" to his interest, called Patrick, who removed the hive in the nick of time…our neighbor's garden was ravaged by the bear nearby.
So this winter's project included the erection of a secure enclosure for our busy friends. Join us in hoping for organic fruit this Summer and Fall.
"Honeybee Democracy" by Thomas D Seeley is a great read, or for those of you short on time you can visit the Integral Options Cafe blog.