Slideshow | Bee Keeping in Juneau

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Three carniolan honey bees, one coated will fresh pollen, gather at a hive owned by Alicia Gillis.
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Carniolan honey bees gather at the entrance to their hive at Alicia GillisÕ valley home on Tuesday.
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Alicia Gillis rescues one of her carniolan honey bees caught in Juneau Empire reporter Melissa Griffiths' hair on Tuesday.
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Alicia Gillis listens to her carniolan honey bees becoming more active at her valley home on Tuesday. Gillis is using two styles of boxes, a Langstroth beehive, left, and a WarrŽ beehive, right.
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Alicia Gillis's cat, PV, watches honey bees on Tuesday. The cat was stung after trying to catch a flying bee.
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A peice of brood comb made by the carniolan honey bees bought by Alicia Gillis.
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Three carniolan honey bees, one coated will fresh pollen, gather at a hive owned by Alicia Gillis.
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Alicia Gillis with her rabbit, Smash, one of the many animals she is raising along with honey bees in the backyard of her valley home.
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Smash, one of Alicia Gillis' many animals, wanders under boxes with honey bees in the backyard of Gillis' valley home.
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Alicia Gillis talks about raising carniolan honey bees at her valley home on Tuesday. Gillis is using two styles of boxes, a Langstroth beehive, left, and a WarrŽ beehive, right.
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Alicia Gillis opens the top of a WarrŽ beehive to show a quilt of wood shavings which provide warmth to the carniolan honey bees she is raising at her valley home on Tuesday.
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Alicia Gillis talks about raising carniolan honey bees at her valley home on Tuesday. Gillis is using two styles of boxes, a Langstroth beehive, right, and a WarrŽ beehive, left.
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Alicia Gillis watches as her carniolan honey bees become more active at her valley home on Tuesday. Gillis is using two styles of boxes, a Langstroth beehive, left, and a WarrŽ beehive, right.

Description

Alicia Gillis is unusual in Southeast. Where the Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association boasts 150 members and the Interior Alaska Beekepers Association counted about 200 members in 2010, there is no major organization promoting beekeeping in Southeast Alaska.

Photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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