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Mar 14

Protecting the public pollinators

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm by Clay Curtin

City crews are in the process of relocating a honey bee hive that has been living about 15’ off the ground in an extensive cavity in the old oak tree along the first base line in Burgess Park. With an increase in the number of recreational activities in the park, there has also been an increase in the number of bee stings. Unable to vacuum all the bees out of the tree, crews are performing a “trap out.” The cavity has been covered with mesh which allows bees to exit the tree, but not return. Instead, they are lured to a temporary box in the tree that contains honey and brood from the Corporation Yard apiary. Once the temporary box is full, they will be relocated to the Corporation Yard. This innovative process protects the City’s pollinators while maintaining a safe play environment at Burgess Park.

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