Lyons said beekeeping is not particularly hard work because bees only need attention on a weekly to biweekly basis. According to the Dino-Bee website, which has copious amounts of information about the hobby, it costs roughly $350 to buy a hive and get started beekeeping. With all the necessary equipment purchased, beekeepers typically manage colonies of 30,000 to 60,000 buzzing honey bees.
But even with thousands of bees finding homes in the backyards of Dino-Bee club members, the bee population is in great danger and has been declining. According to a press release, the BeeAction campaign is raising money to help American bee populations. Furthermore, the campaign warns about many pesticides found on plants and in bottles at stores claiming to be "bee-friendly," are instead causing the black and gold insects to drop like flies. BeeAction hopes to put pressure on corporate chains to alleviate damage to the struggling bee community.
As for locals aspiring to be beekeepers, Lyons said joining a beekeepers association is the best place to start. He said Dino-Bee in Glen Rose is the most convenient one to Mineral Wells and the rest of Palo Pinto County.
"You can learn a lot from being in a beekeepers association," he said. "I've learned a lot."
For more information about Dino-Bee or becoming a beekeeper, visit their website at www.dinobee.com. Anyone interested in the Gordon Center can visit their website as well at www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or by calling 254-968-1886.
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