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The Bad Beekeeping Blog website is produced in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by beekeeper Ron Miksha. His day job is as a geophysicist, working for Lynx Information Systems Ltd. of Calgary. Lynx produces and supplies gravity, mag, landsat, and digital elevations, prepped and geo-rectified for exploration work.

Ron Miksha has kept bees for 50 years. He’s enamoured by the diverse range of lessons offered by a hive of bees: 
   - Be tranquil, but work quickly and deliberately. 
   - Remember that bees are wild, not domesticated, so work with them – you are never in control. 
   - Every hive of bees has a story.
Equally fascinating are the range of personalities he finds among beekeepers – from serious scientific hobbyists to granola-eating homesteaders to hard-nosed businessmen. Leftists and libertarians share their bee passion equally.  

All of this is fodder for his popular beekeeping website, badbeekeepingblog.com, which Ron began in 1995. The name is largely autobiographical, coming from Ron’s admitted history of bumbling mistakes with bees – something he frequently writes about.  “The world has enough ‘be a better beekeeper’ books and blogs,” says Ron.  “I wanted to offer reality.” Ron grew up among bees on a farm in Pennsylvania. At 16, he managed the family's 300 hives. Soon after, Ron moved to Florida and started raising queens. In Florida, a beekeeper talked him into buying 400 hives in the badlands of south Saskatchewan. It was no money down and a place in cowboy country – how could a 20-year-old resist?  Within a few more years, that Canadian farm had a thousand hives. After ten years, Ron sold his farm and went to university, keeping 300 hives while earning a geophysics degree. He then moved to Calgary and a kept a few hobby hives - which expanded to 500. 

Over the years, Ron has written for British Bee QuarterlyAmerican Bee JournalBee Culture Magazine, BC's BeeScene, and the Canadian Honey Council’s Hivelights. He is author of the 2004 book Bad Beekeeping. Ron is a honey judge, apiary economics teacher, bee mentor, and a past president of the 300-member Calgary Beekeepers Association.

The Bad Beekeeping Blog website will progressively have added to it the content of Ron Miksha's previous website: Beekeeper's Home Pages. The content of that website was organized into the following main sections: Books, Meetings, Beekeeping Beginners, Beekeeping Web Links, Beekeeping News & Rants, Email Answers, Famous Beekeepers, Benny the Bee, Photos, Honey Pages, Queen Bees, and Just Joking about Bees.

The Email Answers section contained answers to frequently asked questions about beekeeping. Topics include: Honey Bee Trivia, Honey Bee Mites, Problems with Bad Bees, The Honey Bee Dance, and Starting a Honey Farm. The Famous Beekeepers listed in that section included: Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Benjamin Franklin, Brigham Young, E B White, Henry Fonda, Leo Tolstoy, Lord Baden Powell, Maria von Trapp, and Napoleon. Also Sir Edmund Hillary, the Everest pioneer, who was a commercial beekeeper.

Click here for the Bad Beekeeping Blog website: http://www.badbeekeepingblog.com