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Toward Saving the Honeybee

Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition

Gunther Hauk

144 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Illustrations: 57 Color


Published:  March 2017


"In times of crisis our consciousness soars to new heights, enabling us to rise up to challenges, to take action previously not possible. An impending threat to our wellbeing wakes us up from a comfortable sleep into the reality of potential danger." —Gunther Hauk, cofounder and director of Spikenard Farm honeybee sanctuary

Toward Saving the Honeybee was first published in 2002, four years before the term “Colony collapse disorder” was coined to describe the widespread and growing crisis of honeybee population loss. Yet this decrease in the honeybee population has been ongoing from at least the mid-twentieth century; and as we approach the third decade of the twenty-first century, with each passing year the situation becomes more dire.

With this book Gunther Hauk does not offer a “magic bullet” solution (there is and can be none), but instead provides the straightforward basis for thinking of the honeybee crisis in a different way, which then provides the ground for taking action appropriately.

The sound, holistic approach outlined here is needed now more than ever. Written out of a deep love and concern for the earth and all of creation, Gunther Hauk’s Toward Saving the Honeybee is a light that shows the way forward for farmers, gardeners, hobbyist beekeepers, and anyone concerned about the future of our planet.

This new edition is richly illustrated with color photography and has been revised and expanded by the author.



1. The Hive: Form and Substance
2. Wax
3. Queen, Workers, Drones
4. Swarming
5. Making a Split
6. Honey and Pollen
7. Health, Parasites, Diseases, and Treatments
8. Warmth and Hive Scent
9. Bee Forage
10. Outlook

Appendix A: Formic and Oxalic Acid Treatments
Appendix B: Foulbrood

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