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A Helping Hand for the Honeybees

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Bayview Glen is buzzzzzing with excitement over a new initiative we will be taking on this spring. Together with an urban beekeeping company called Alveole, Bayview Glen will be installing and making a home for several honeybee hives in our rooftop garden. Urban beekeeping is an important method of attracting honeybees to the city and providing an ideal home for them to set up their hives. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating plants involved in the vast majority of the foods we eat and due to pesticide use, viruses and other factors, their numbers have been on the decline. (Read more here.) The location of our school is a perfect spot to help maintain a robust bee population.

 The rooftop garden is three floors above ground and will not be accessible to children. Unlike wasps, honeybees are vegans and non aggressive.Throughout the summer, beekeepers from Alveole will be coming in to maintain the hives and we will have all of the action available for you to see on our live stream camera which will show on the school’s website. Come September, we will enjoy the fruits of our honeybees’ labour as we extract and jar honey produced by our very own bees. 

Our Upper School BioBuilders team championed the plight of the honey bee two years ago as a part of their research project.BioBuilders is the brain child of MIT and offers free curricula to provide hands-on experiences that foster exploration, innovation, and interest in emerging areas of science.

Installation of our Honeybee hive took place May 31, 2017.

The webcam went live on June 15, 2017.

Global TV covered the story on the June 9 broadcast. Watch it here.

 

From Alveole:

Why You Won’t Get Stung This Year!

Bee stings are one of the main concerns when beginning this project. Of course, that’s completely understandable, nobody likes to get stung by insects, at any age!  

 

Wasps have a ravenous appetite and love adventure. As you might have guessed, they are probably the ones who are lingering around and disturbing you, your colleagues and your students on lunch break.

However, bees are docile insects, who only sting when they believe their colony is under threat. They are also strictly vegan and seek only nectar and pollen. 

Learn 7 surprising things about Bee stings.