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Why should you keep Beekeeping Records with James Wilkes from Hive Tracks – KM106

This week we are talking to James Wilkes from North Carolina all about Bees and Hive Tracks. We discuss why keeping records of your inspections is a vital skill. This is Episode One Hundred and six of our beekeeping podcast.

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Hi, it's Gary and Margaret here, We are beekeepers from the hills of the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, New Zealand. Our podcast is about beekeeping, Gardening and bit of politics about environmental issues. We also have been known to go off on tangents about other issues.

This interview with James was recorded in March 2016


James Wilkes is a professor at Appalachian State University and a backyard beekeeper. Along with Mark Henson he developed the Hive Track software that help beekeepers keeps records of their hive inspections. James lives in North Carolina with his wife and eight children.

Here is what you will discover

  • What Motivated James and Mark to create Hive Tracks
  • Why is keeping good hive records so important?
  • How you can use Hive Tracks together with your club members
  • How you can use Hive Tracks to introduce younger people into Beekeeping
  • How to setup reminders to inspect Beehives
  • A new Commercial Version of Hive Tracks is coming
  • What are the future plans for Hive Tracks

Resources mentioned in the show

  • Hive Tracks can be located HERE
  • Hilary’s – Girl Next Door Honey article on how she uses HiveTracks HERE
  • The Hive Track Twitter Feed
  • Hive Tracks Facebook Page is HERE
  • Hive Tracks Youtube Channel is located HERE
  • James Family Farm can be found HERE

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Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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1 thought on “Why should you keep Beekeeping Records with James Wilkes from Hive Tracks – KM106

  1. Love my little buddies they just wanna work when the sun shines, they never complain, they don’t ask for pay rises.

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