Greetings Everyone from an upcoming Newbee! I'd like to be starting next spring with a couple maybe three hives. I want to prepare an area for my small yard this fall so it's ready to go in the spring. The area I'm thinking about has a great windbreak on pretty much all sides, not much wind. It has a southern exposure for early morning sun with a tree line on northwest side for some afternoon shade. Fairly easy year round access, hidden from the two legged skunks, good piece away from neighbors. There's a small pond a couple hundred yards away. I think it's an decent location particularly after seeing several other bee yard locations in my area (and of course from what I have read). I'm about an hour drive south of Ottawa, Ontario. One issue that I'm wondering about... We heat our home with wood. Usually starting in mid-January and on to the start of the spring thaw I'm skidding logs out of the woods with my tractor for processing into firewood in early to late spring. My main path for this skidding would bring me past my proposed bee yard. I'd likely pass about 30 or 40 feet (maybe a bit more) to the front of it, several trips per day, a few days per week, for a few weeks... It would only take maybe 1/2 a minute to completely pass by the hives... All the log processing gets done a couple hundred yards away or more. What I'm wondering about is how disturbing would this be to the colonies through the cold winter months? The temperatures that I normally do this work in range from probably -15 C to +5 C (around 0 F to maybe +40 F or so). Edit: My concern is not about getting stung only for the welfare / effects on the colonies if any. I appreciate your comments and thoughts... Cheers!