This book is sort of a biography of migratory beekeepers and a timeline story of some of the bigger names like the Card Family,Wilbanks,Charnock Apiairies to name a couple.
It gives brief histories and an interesting look into the lives of migratory keepers. It was not meant to be a book for education. It is just a good read on migratory beekeeping.
There is quite a bit of history on the Card family dating back into the 60's if I remember correctly.
Whynott interweaves lively vignettes that personalize the story of migratory beekeepers with the hard facts of an industry that could well be pushed into extinction. Challenged by the logistics of transporting thousands of living hives by truck to follow seasonal nectar flows, apiculturists must also contend with mechanical breakdowns, deteriorating environments, pesticides, bee parasites, and government inspectors gassing diseased hives. Of special concern is the threat from Africanized (killer) bees. As rented honeybees are used in agricultural pollination, an invasion of their hives by the killer bees could affect the food economy. This unique book should appeal to a wide lay readership and is recommended for general collections.
- Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N . Y .