Seventy-one million. That’s the number of bees Max Nikolaychuk tends in the rolling hills east of Fresno, Calif. Each is worth a fraction of a cent, but together, they make up a large part of his livelihood.
Nikolaychuk makes most of his money during almond pollination season, renting out the bees to California’s almond orchards. This year, a thief stole four stacks of his hives.
“He knew about the bees, because he went through every bee colony I had and only took the good ones,” he says. “But, you know, the bee yards — I don’t have no security there, no fences.”
That lack of security means his bees have been stolen more than once. And it’s a type of theft that’s been playing out all over the state’s orchards.
Literally billions of bees are needed to pollinate California’s almond crop. Not enough bees live in California year-round to do that. So they are trucked in from across the country, from places like Colorado, Arizona and Montana. Earlier this year, around a million dollars’ worth of stolen bees were found in a field in Fresno County. Sgt. Arley Terrence with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department says it was a “beehive chop shop.”
Hello friends! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.
There will be no shop update this weekend. Instead, we will be hosting a big mineral lots / auction sale here on tumblr! It will have mostly older items that are in the store for a super great discount, but also we will be getting some new items to include, as well! This is the schedule:
Friday (06/30): Mineral lots starting at 5:30 PM Pacific time
Saturday (07/01): Mineral lots starting at 4 PM Pacific time
Sunday (07/02): Auctions starting at 4 PM Pacific time
Please note that the shop will be closed during this time. If there’s anything you’ve been looking to purchase, please either make the purchase before Friday, or email me to arrange a reserve or payment plan, to ensure you get the item. (Otherwise it might sell in the lots)
If you’d like an explanation as to what these types of sales are, keep reading below!
Mineral lot are sets of minerals that get posted directly here on tumblr. They work on a first-come, first-served basis. As soon as a lot gets posted, it can be claimed. They’re claimed through the instant messenger here on tumblr. All the payments are handled through PayPal invoice. (It’s an invoice that gets sent you your email. You don’t need a PayPal account to pay, you can just use your credit or debit card if you don’t have one. The checkout works the same way as the checkout for my shop!)
And then the auctions work basically the same way, except they all start at $1 and the bids are placed in the comments of the post.
For each event, I will post the official rules and guidelines right before the sale starts.
This is usually a lot of fun, but it only happens once a month, so I hope you’ll join us! Thanks everyone :)