Collins Academy consultants Robert Haynes and Dr. Marnie Erin relieved our Park bee hive of about twelve pounds of honey last week. Summer Intern Cameron Gentile donned a beekeeper suit to help remove three frames from the active hive located along the Port Jefferson History & Nature Center trail in the area of the historic wharves of Jefferson.
Robert Haynes, a master beekeeper with B.M. Dooney Farms, led the operation to make repairs to the “live hive” and to remove honey. Dooney Farms is located in Grand Saline and provides beekeeping education, conservation, and outreach services across East Texas. Haynes can be reached at (903) 286-5254 to help with any bee issues.
Honey from the ‘live hive” is made by our bees from the nectar of crimson clover, wisteria, and native wildflowers located in the Park and maintained by Collins Academy. The “live hive” is provided to the public for educational purposes by Collins Academy and it is maintained by B.M. Dooney Farms. The hive has double doors whereby the visiting public may look inside to see exactly what the queen, worker bees, and the drones are doing at any given time.