Article published in Jefferson Jimplecute, by Carla Bass
Collin’s Academy, Port Jefferson History and Nature Center, along with wildlife biologist Robert “Bob” Haynes and Marnie Erin, scientist and plant ecologist, have been “busy as bees” getting the first of several planned Bee Stations off the ground. The initial one has now been prepared for public viewing.
The installation is near where many of the wildflower beds have been planted. It is located near the first curve of the nature trail. The bees are located in an enclosure behind the protective barrier, but there is passageway connecting it to the see-through viewing station.
There is an open front, covered by protective plexi-glass which enables the viewer to see exactly what is taking place inside of the hive.
Ten frames of synthetic “starter comb” were moved from the hive to the enclosure, covered with the bees after being “smoked” to keep them calm. They were moved by Bob and Marnie around to the viewable portion of the hive.
There, visitors can watch the bees actively producing the waxy substance called honeycomb where the honey is stored they produce. It will be harvested from the hive on a regular basis.
Inside the hive is an Italian Queen, which is a less aggressive type of honeybee.
Later there will be a placard with a square QR Code on the front. A program can be downloaded to your smart phone that will read the code and give the visitor all types of information about the honeybee and the installation located there for educational purposed.
As many have been made aware through media reports and an article in the Jimplecute last month, it is of the utmost importance that we do everything we can to promote the safety of the habitat for honeybees and for the safety of the honeybees themselves.
Remember that if you come upon a hive, or a colony seeks out your property to establish a hive, call someone trained in the removal and rehoming of such bees. Do not get out your can of flying insect killer and “take care of them”. Take proper care of them by calling a beekeeper who will safely remove them to a more welcoming home.