McCartney Taylor is the name and I plan to change the world. Or at least a small part of it. I’m targeting about 30 square km of North Central Tanzania. But I’m getting ahead of myself.


I’m an engineer by training. Electrical engineering undergrad, masters in Petroleum Engineering. However, I didn’t practice long as an engineer, I went into business for myself pretty early. Database warehousing for oil and gas.  But I’m also an author, forecaster, amateur mycologist, beekeeper and citizen scientist.

13 Responses to “About”

  1. Krista says:

    Hi there, are you still on your quest to improve Tanzanian beekeeping? I’m interested!
    get in touch!

  2. mccartney says:

    Yes! Improving the world, 1 hive at a time.

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  6. Ken Graham says:

    Taylor, you have an awesome website and I have thoroughly enjoyed your videos on YouTube. I am Ken Graham, Video Engineer, Coffee Roaster and budding beekeeper. I am lucky to be under the guidance of a 3’rd generation beekeeper here in the Napa Valley. I have family in Texas and my grandmother was born in Sherman. I lived in Oklahoma City for 4 years (hope you won’t hold that against me..lol) and have been around beekeeping all of my life and now am taking the plunge..at 49!

    Thank you for a great and informative website and if you ever want to try my Air Roasted Coffee’s, as they say in Texas, “Give me a Hollar.” -Ken Graham

  7. Tony Gant says:

    McCartney, I found you on youtube. Built two Top Bar hives I thought would be good for plants around my house. Their painted up and ready for bees, I am going to try to trap a swarm. Today is July 10th. I am thinking this will get me ready for spring 2014. I should probably plan on feeding them in winter assuming I am fortunate enough to get a swarm…?

    BTW, you are very entertaining on your videos. I need to figure out where to get shirts like you. TFBM hasn’t got a clue on how to dress. Anyway, thanks for the lessons on youtube.

    One more thing…why am I doing this besides my plants…I want healthy bees, the satisfaction of caring for a hive that produces local honey, and a mark on my mancard that says I’m cool courageous bee guys too!

    Tony – Katy, Texas

  8. Great information!

    I am impressed with your site and helpful hints regarding bees. I own a ranch in far western oklahoma, where the south canadian river borders us to the north and east. I have stumbled on bee hives out there by first hearing them, then looking up, generally spotting them in various trees… Now I want to build a bee trap, or traps…20? Then hopefully I can begin the harvest of some of the best locust, sand plum, wild grape, persimmon powered honey on this planet…I have been told that they do good pollination on these plants and I was wondering if the sage, black jack, alfalfa, vetch, etc…..was useful to the bees also? I cant wait to start building traps (thanks to your information), and trying my luck at this sport…..I think I am already hooked….

    Thanks again..


  9. Chris Barnes says:

    Hello from Aggieland (yeah, I’m one of those).

    I’m a brand new beekeeper (just did my first swarm capture tonight). I love your videos – which brings out a question. In your video titled “How to build a Bait Hive / Swarm Trap and get Free Bees ” (uploaded Jan 2010 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na3owKhF9m4), you give the dimensions for a swarm trap.

    My (maybe) stupid question is: I built some 5 frame (deep) Nucs from the plans on the Central Texas Beekeepers facebook page. Assuming I made the opening the correct size – is the box itself the right size (to be honest, I don’t know how big “30 liters” is)?

  10. Katrin says:

    Hi Taylor,
    as I am beekeeping in Europe/Germany I would like to share some experiences with you down in Africa – Tansania. Are you still in this subject? I have a friend in Kenya who is very much interested in keeping bees …
    Please contact me if you are interested in sharing experiences.


  11. Arnaud says:

    Great site, I worked in west coast of Africa for 3 years love it there. My non profit http://www.ffiusa.org (check it out) does work in kenya. One question for you how do you feel about painting the beehive ?? good or not good or not necessary ?? let me know.
    Arnaud Bourgeois from CT, grew up in Corsica!!!

  12. Mohsin Jessa says:

    Hi Taylor,

    I’m originally from Tanzania, currently living in Canada. Would love to work with you as I too have recently been bee(ten) by the bee bug…I too have a hitech (IT) and Aerospace background but want to now work with bees and nature/wildlife photography.

    Would you please give me an opportunity to work with you? I have done some humanitarian work in TZ at some orphanages and eye camps.

    On Jan 5, 2014, Katrin from Germany commented and offered to share her experiences of bee keeping. Can you please put me in touch with her. Coincidentally, I just watched a video on bee keeping in Germany and would love to work with someone in this field in Germany.


    Thanks and kind regards,

  13. Bob Giasi says:

    Over this horrible New England winter I read your superb book, Swarm Traps and Bait Hives. I built two eight frame traps and am about to deploy them. We had a very late start and bees are just beginning to collect pollen ( about one month late!). I could not find any info about how far from where the bees will end up and where you should put trap. I always thought that once the bees orient to a spot you need to move them at least two miles from that spot or the foragers will just return to the original place where they oriented whether or not the hive is still at that spot. If I hang a trap say 300 ft from my bee farm will the swarm just return to where they were “trapped” once I put them in their New home? My question is how far from my bee yard should I place the trap?

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