Today we checked hives with Albuquerque beekeeper, Jerry Anderson. These bees are located on protected parts of City Open Space lands in the North Valley and West side of the city. The idea is that the girls dutifully gather nectar off these lush and well-watered spots and the good folks at Open Space can sell tasty honey at the visitor’s center.
Only one hive, already weak last fall, failed to make it through the winter. The others were building up well this spring and one — the colony sited under the ancient cottonwood tree — was flourishing like a well-fed princess.