The bees are here! Marist now has its first ever colony of honey bees located cross creek somewhat near the sand volleyball court where the sheep were last year. Below is a picture of what the actual hive looks like. We are getting this colony for our community because the population of honey bees has been rapidly decreasing due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use and disease. Bees are a huge part of our everyday lives as they are responsible for pollinating more than 80% of the food we eat. Something you might find interesting is that the only bees you likely see are female because they make up the majority of “worker bees” that collect nectar for their hive. In order to create just 1 teaspoon of honey, it takes about 12 worker bees their whole lives (6 weeks) to make. Next time you are eating an apple or enjoying a cup of tea with some honey, remember the bees and how vital they are to our environment. If you would like to help this issue, think about planting some lavender or bluebells in your yard…the bees love them!
If you are concerned about having honey bees on campus, please know that they are extremely gentle creatures who won’t bother you as long as you don’t bother them. It has been explained to me that “honey bees are to cows as yellow jackets and wasps are to wolves.” Informational signs about honey bees will be going up around campus next week to inform the student body more about the bees and the hive. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Hopefully you will be able to have a taste of Marist-grown honey in the near future!