Hampden- “The Bee Whisperer name came from a lady when I was helping her out. She had bees arrive to her house and she got on the phone to me and she said, ‘Are you the bee whisperer?’ And I said, ‘Yeah! I’m the Bee Whisperer. I like that name,’” said Peter Cowin.
Peter Cowin is Maine’s own bee whisperer. He assists people with unwanted hives, maintains his own hives, and even distributes cases of bees to other Maine beekeepers.
“Right now I’m helping with the supply of the bees so what we have today is three million bees have been brought up in 250 packages and those are starter packages to start up new beehives,” Cowin said.
All types of customers, old and young, male and female, and even some who were allergic to bees lined the streets waiting for peter and the bees to come. And they were just buzzing with excitement.
“My son and i took a class with peter and ordered a box of bees from him. We can’t wait to put them in the hive we built so hopefully it will get warm out pretty soon. We’ve been excited for months,” said Will Dacey, a local beekeeper.
These beekeepers are so passionate about what they do that they won’t let anything, not even an allergy, get in the way.
“It got to the point where, actually, I would just pass out when I got stung. And it scared my wife a lot, so I just figured I would have to wear my gear and be careful,” said Dave Bartlett, another local beekeeper.
Bees are not only important to the environment, but also to humans because we need honey bee pollination for one third of the foods we eat. And with more and more bees dying due to pesticides, their survival is a concern.
“Don’t kill bees if you don’t have to, there are alternatives by relocating colonies. Consider being a beekeeper, and if that’s not your thing, plant plants which are going to help bees and other pollinators,” Cowin said.