July 2019: I don’t think this online mapping tool works anymore. I should delete this post, but I’ll keep it up because I’m sure there are other mapping tools like this available online or through mobile phone apps. It can be fun to map out the bees’ foraging area. I’ll keep this post up as a reminder.
Do you ever wonder where your honey bees go to collect nectar and pollen? I do. I spend hours watching my bees come and go from my beeyard. I still don’t know where they go, but I know what direction they head when they leave and what direction they come back from. My hives are surrounded by trees. I can look up at a certain tree top at a certain time of day and see hundreds of bees a minute whizzing past one another like cars on a freeway. That particular tree, which happens to be a single dog berry tree in a thick ring of spruce trees, seems to be a visual marker for the bees that says, “This is home.” It’s a hub of honey bee traffic. But I digress.
I don’t know exactly where my bees go to get nectar and pollen, but a free online tool, that came to my attention via Happy Hour at the Top Bar, allows me to map out the potential forage area of my bees. Let’s cut to the chase:
Go to FreeMapTools.com and click the link for “Radius Around Point,” or the map underneath it that looks like this: