Update: the open-air colony in Maupin
Many of you have wondered how the colony hanging in a tree in Maupin, Oregon is doing. Well, here is some good news: I just received word that on sunny days when the temperature rises into the 60s, the bees are very busy. They have lined their entrance with propolis and are bringing in fresh supplies of white and light yellow pollen. The colony seems to be healthy and vibrant.
If you missed the fascinating story of how a group of beekeepers prepared this open-air colony for an Oregon high desert winter, be sure to check out the story and see some great pictures of an ingenious project.