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Our Bee Inspector is the Lorax of Honeybees – Save His Funding!

Mark Creighton, the Connecticut Apiary Inspector, performs a crucial function: he protects a vital piece of our ecosystem by speaking for it and ensuring that as many bees as possible are not poisoned by neonicotinoids, mites, nosema, and any other threat. He is the state’s Lorax of bees, and we need him! He speaks for our food supply through his advocacy of bee health, and we must both listen to and protect him.

I know this because I have met him. He graciously invited me to tour his hives at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden when I was writing my book about honeybee colony collapse disorder, The Bear Guarding the Beehive.
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Who will check apiaries around the state and make sure that their bees are healthy without him? No one. Our ecosystem in crashing around us, and our politicians are not being sufficiently vigilant about safeguarding its advocates.

It is a travesty that the MDC director makes over twice what the governor makes, yet funding can’t be found for the Connecticut Apiary Inspector.

With Bees In Crisis, Democrats Cut State Bee Inspector

Mark H. Creighton, the Connecticut Apiary Inspector. He manages his own beehives at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, and travels around the state to visit and inspect the efforts of other bee caregivers. The funding that enables him to do this is threatened.

Mark H. Creighton, the Connecticut Apiary Inspector. He manages his own beehives at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, and travels around the state to visit and inspect the efforts of other bee caregivers. The funding that enables him to do this is threatened. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

Here are some images showing the work that our state Apiary Inspector does, so that we may better appreciate it – and him:

Mark H. Creighton burning infested frames of brood from a Langstroth beehive. (Photo courtesy of Mark Creighton)

Mark H. Creighton burning infested frames of brood from a Langstroth beehive. (Photo courtesy of Mark Creighton)

 

Mark H. Creighton with a Langstroth frame of health bee brood. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

Mark H. Creighton with a Langstroth frame of healthy bee brood. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

 

Beehives at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, Connecticut. These are Langstroth hives, created by Lorenzo Langstroth in the 19th century. Connecticut's Apiary Inspector, Mark H. Creighton, maintains them. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

Beehives at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, Connecticut. These are Langstroth hives, created by Lorenzo Langstroth in the 19th century. Connecticut’s Apiary Inspector, Mark H. Creighton, maintains them. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

 

The view leading away from the apiary maintained by Connecticut's Apiary Inspector at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, showing an orchard, which benefits from Inspector Creighton's bees. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

The view leading away from the apiary maintained by Connecticut’s Apiary Inspector at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Hamden, showing an orchard, which benefits from Inspector Creighton’s bees. (Photo by Stephanie C. Fox)

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