Friday, May 8, 2020

Not looking forward to anything with the first name "Murder" /#giveaway

Hi all, Wren Johnson here from the Oregon Honeycomb Series by Nancy Coco.

I'm the owner of a shop that sells everything bee and bee related. I don't know about you, but the news that Murder Hornets have entered the US is making me very nervous. Anything with the first name of Murder has me worried, especially for my bees.

I own an active hive that is in my shop with shatter-proof glass covering the inner working so that customers can stand and stare at the wonder of a working beehive. First it was the news that Oregon was on lock down for the deadly pandemic and now, we have to worry about our bees. You see the hornets have been found in Washington State which is not more than 50 miles from me. Farmers are worried beekeepers won't rent out their hives in fear of losing them. I don't rent out my hive, but my beekeeper friends do and the debate is crazy over whether or not to issue a warning about renting bees in that state.

As a small business owner, the lock down hit me hard, now this. If I could hug my bees, I would. My cat, Everett, tells me not to worry so much. I do have an online shop and that is keeping me busy fulfilling orders and shipping them. But he agrees, nothing should have the first name of murder. But the good news is that we are seeing more wildlife now that people aren't on the beaches.

My author is giving away a copy of Death Bee Comes Her. Leave a comment below telling us about the wildlife in your area and how it's coping in these interesting times.

38 comments:

  1. I would love the chance to read a series featuring bees. We learned a bit about them last year when a swarm stopped over in our yard. We called a local beekeeper and they came and captured the swarm to move it to a new hive. In other wildlife coping during the lockdown, we had a moose running down the Main Street of our town of 6000 people!
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  2. We have possums and every kind of bird imaginable.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. Jamie GillespieMay 8, 2020 at 3:38 AM

    I live in the South and we have a horrible time with mosquitoes and bees this time of year. It is almost impossible to sit outside because of the mosquitoes. BUT, we have some beautiful flowers blooming because of the bees. Thank you for the chance to win! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  4. I live in Washington. We are seeing so much more green this year than ever. My allergies are definitely present. The wildlife is also responding. I am seeing tons of insects especially. Yesterday there was a lovely spider on my front porch, it was an albino and glowed silver in the rays of the sun. The rose bush is out of hand and already blooming. Plus, I have already seen bees, yay!
    I am pretty worried about these Asian giant hornets though. I mean they are HUGE, like 2 inches long. How the heck did they even get here? So I am on the lookout.
    It has been interesting to be sheltering in place. I do not really venture out that far. I am close enough to water, wetlands, forest, and more though. So I can just sit outside at 5am and hear all these noises and not just the birds either!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    - lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I live in a town of 15,000 in the Midwest. We see deer, a variety of birds, racooons, opossums and even a cougar or two. Unfortunately, we also have gophers in our yard and I'm trying to get rid of them. They make too many holes! Overall, I think the wildlife is coping quite well. People aren't bothering them as much, since we are all staying in doors. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  6. Every night we have a herd of deer come through our neighborhood and we live in the suburbs. It is nice to see them walking through everyone’s backyard. Thank you for the chance
    Jess
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

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  7. I love the wild life. I enjoy seeing all the birds, especially the Sand Hill Cranes.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  8. I love out in the country and see a great deal of wildlife. Deer, shucks, armadillos, hawks, and the A casual raccoon are the main ones I see. Just the yesterday on my way to work I say a possum sitting on the side of the road.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  9. We live on a farm. Because we have fruit trees, deer love us. Our pond has geese and herons. Plus there are fox, beaver and other critters who appear from time to time. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  10. I just heard about the killer hornets this morning. I live in the city and haven't noticed a difference with the wild life.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  11. Because we live in the foothills we see deer, hawks, bobcats and lizards. They are doing well and are fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. We have a greenbelt behind our house that is a home to many deer. We buy deer corn to feed them, and they show up like clockwork in the early mornings and early evenings. This morning there were 15 doe and bucks. The bucks are regrowing their shedded antlers and sort of look like they are wearing Mickey Mouse ears. We also have cardinals and hummingbirds. Nature is amazing ~ bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  13. Each day on my walk I spy bunnies, numerous birds, hummingbirds, and deer sometimes walking along the street. Captivating. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. We live in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas on a small acreage outside of town. We have many critter visitors ranging from the small like the chipmunk and squirrel to the large ones like the bobcat and deer. Of course there are a wide array of birds, including those here now as they migrate through. Hubby and I love the critters and photography so nothing makes up happier than sitting on the front porch taking photos of our visitors. We feel if we are so happy, then we need to spread that happiness around. We have one huge feeder that's on a time to spread corn in back yard. The side yard and front yard have big bird feed feeders plus we spread some on the ground too for the ground feeding birds. We even added extra limbs to the feeders poles for mor sitting room for the birds. After all, it has to be tiring to fly and eat at the same time. We also have thistle feeders our for our little migrating goldfinches and two suet feeders out with a variety of berry flavor or peanut butter flavor. Oh yes and there's an orange out in case an oriole happens to come through. So I would say our critters "pantry" is well stocked and they are fairing better than a lot of folks during this trying time. :)

    I would LOVE the opportunity to read "Death Bee Comes Her". I am always happy to leave an honest review. Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected. Thanks for the chance! <3
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  15. We have possums, ugly little creatures.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. We’ve been seeing a lot of rabbits lately. We also have fox, deer and possums
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  17. We are in North Portland, OR so the wildlife hasn't changed much. The hummingbirds are still coming to the feeder and the crows are still out and about. Thank you for the chance to win Death Beecomes Her. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. So far here in our California suburbs haven't noticed much difference, except for the wild turkeys. We see them in the neighborhood often but lately they have been visiting us specifically - and not much social distancing! I would love to see a beehive in action - but I like the idea of the shatterproof glass, and you can keep the hornets. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. thank you for the giveaway. I would love to read this book, interesting cover. Our wildlife here is southern TN has not changed much. I have several birds in yard, a robin made nest above a motion light outside, two babies getting ready to leave the nest. A Cardinal mad a nest on a lower branch of tree, I peeked in when momma was gone yesterday, two babies wobbling in the nest. queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. Thanks for the chance. We have lots of birds and squirrels this spring. We also have two lizards in our backyard that come out and sun. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Birds and squirrels are the extent of my wildlife right now. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)om

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  22. I live in the country about 30 miles inland from the Texas coastline. I see all kinds of wildlife - deer, rabbits, birds, turtles, etc

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  23. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and we have all sort of wildlife in our area. Opossums, raccoons, coyotes are frequently seen in our yards. Occasionally we'll see foxes.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Plenty of birds & squirrels in my area. There are also a lot of frogs. Or at least I assume it's a lot. I can hear them, but not see them.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  25. We live on 5 acres. We have a pretty big sized shed in the back of the house. Usually every year some animal takes up their residence there. One year it was a cat that had her kittens underneath it. Last year it was a rabbit and her babies. This year we have a fox and she has 6 babies. So much fun looking out every day and watching them play and getting bigger. tWarner419@aol.com

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  26. I haven't seen them, but coyotes have been spotted. Otherwise, rabbits, squirrels, oppossums, and such.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. We back up to a stretch of trees, and we have lots of deer that run up and down the area. It's so cute. We even had two baby deer in our backyard a few years ago. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  28. We live in northern CA, just across the bridge north of San Francisco in the rural town of Mill Valley. We have way too many deer (who consider my garden their buffet), as well as raccoons, possums, coyotes, and bees! Would love to read your "bee book" phyllis(at)evanspr(dot)net.

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  29. Living in west central Texas with population of about 100,000 there is a wide variety outside the city limits. Unfortunately, we live in the city so about 5 different types of birds, squirrels, and cats (who should NOT be out but are everyday) are the extent of our "wildlife!"

    I'm pretty sure there are bees here but since we, personally, do not have any flowers I haven't seen any this year. I would love to read Death Bee Comes Her! Thank you for your generosity!

    teddi1961 (at) arcemont (dot) com

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  30. Taylor R WilliamsMay 8, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    The wild life here in NW Montana hasn't been affected much by our current situation - they are always around. Thanks for the chance to own this book - trwilliams69 (at) msn (dot) com

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  31. Really. The corona virus, then the hornets, and now a freeze in May?!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  32. We have a lot of deer. They are not out during the day as much, because more people are out and about in the neighborhood taking walks. They are still coming out at night though, because my plants are being eaten. jjs121(at)verizon(dot)net

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  33. We used to have possums and raccoons come on our back deck to visit. There were also many deer that I would see a few miles down the road. These days, I only see birds. Even the squirrels have gone away. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. We live somewhat near the Mississippi River so we get a variety of wildlife. We've seen deer, fox, possum, racoons, ducks, turkeys, and coyote in addition to birds and squirrels. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  35. We have squirrels, birds, geese, and butterflies. They are alive and well! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. The Phoenix zoo is encouraging people to drive through the zoo and have their children talk with the animals. Especially the chimps since they seem to be missing the daily visitors.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. Birds and squirrels my daughter has ducks and swans and bears and foxes their doing ok in Wisconsin thank you for the chance

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