Some people use the calendar to know when spring arrives. Others look for robins.
At Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon we pay attention to our honeybees.
Honeybees won’t leave the hive unless it’s 50°F or warmer. During winter they spend most of their days huddled inside their hives. But when they start coming out on a regular schedule, that’s when we know spring is almost here.
In the past week, we’ve seen the bees out and about foraging for food on most days. They return loaded with pollen from the Kirk Family Filberts hazelnut orchard. Other than that, there’s not much for them to find.
Looking ahead, daytime highs will hover about 50°F. Maybe the bees will fly out part of the day, maybe they won’t. But soon the Big Leaf Maple Trees will blossom and our honeybees won’t be able to resist the high quality nectar and pollen. Spring is closer than you think.