About a block from the house there is a P-Patch and there are several plots where gardeners have let cover crops grow over winter and flower. Winter crops are not only good for the soil but can offer some food for the pollinators as well. I've heard of bee-lining (finding a bee hive by watching their flight patch), but I've never heard of finding a hive by smell, but was clearly able to pick up the sweet bee-hive scent between the house and the park in several places when I crossed the bee-line. It is amazing to think that all those bee trips back and forth can actually leave a scent in the air along the flight path.
Some issues were found that will need to be addressed: spotty brood comb, deformed wing virus (DWV) and visible varroa on bees. Varroa can spread DWV and can be the result of spotty brood since these bees have hygienic traits that help them remove infected cells. Not sure what method to use yet to address the issues. I will need to do another inspection to find out how bad the mites are and determine what can be done.
This week they expect warmer temps than what we have been having so they should be able to make a lot of progress. Good weather for maples can make huge differences in how the year will go.