Our current featured guest is extraordinary for her many talents, her journey with bees, and her generous spirit! She is the owner of Zia Queenbees based out of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment which is also my home state. But the most recent twist in her journey brought her to the Iberian Peninsula for her Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. I am so happy to share the first of many visits with Melanie Kirby! To learn more about Melanie and her work, visit her online at ziaqueenbees.com! Check out our website at www.beekeeperconfidential.com and join our community forum! You can also find Beekeeper Confidential on Facebook and Instagram.
Episode #41, Bee Breeding and Cutting Edge Honeybee Research with Melanie Kirby
Get In My Garden
Today we have the much anticipated episode with Melanie Kirby who you may have seen on instagram TV or in any of the short videos I shared on social media recently. We met at her land up in the mountain village called Truchas, New Mexico where she and her partner have their mother breeder colonies and sells queens bees from their business Zia Queenbees. She is a bee researcher testing out bees in different bioregions, while working on her graduate degree at the famed Washington State University Honeybee Research Laboratory.She talks about the modern business of pollinator bees we depend on to pollinate our food crops.Then we learn about her queen breeding program, nicknamed ‘Bees as Seeds’ with the purpose of breeding more resilient honeybees. She mentions the different subspecies of American bees and much much more.Melanie talks about how she uses a non-intrusive tracking system technology she helped create to document and understand the adaptations of honeybees.She will be taking her work to Spain for 10 months from November 2019 through July 2020 as winner of the Fulbright National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. You can reach Melanie directly at email@example.com, and if you’d like to support the show, share your favorite episodes on social media and please follow me on instagram @getinmygarden.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/get-in-my-garden-podcast/message