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Bees take up residence in Small hives

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Justin Fyffe gives a tour of the new bee hives.

Justin Fyffe gives a tour of the new bee hives.

Brian B.

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Justin Fyffe gives a tour of the new bee hives.

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There’s a new hum in the air in the gardens of Small lately– and that new hum comes from the new bee colony housed next to the greenhouse.

The bee colony comes as a Green Tech capstone headed by 8th-grader Clark Hendricks. Hendricks and others created a bee colony near the greenhouse outside. Those bees can be seen going flower-to-flower in the Small gardens, then back to their hives– which are situated so the bees’ flight path is moving away from student foot paths.

Green Tech is excited to bring the bees here as part of an effort to help boost bee populations.

“This is important because bee colonies are on the brink of extinction, and they happen to be the guys that pollinate the plants on this planet,” Hendricks said. “The main causes of this mass extinction is the fact that people always kill them off out of fear, or by using pesticides to wipe them out.”
Bees are essential to our environment because things evolve with bees and they just so happen to be the biggest pollinator on Earth, without bees we would not have a lot of the food sources and plants we currently have today, Hendricks said.

“To help save the bee environment we could lay off the pesticides and let the bees do their own thing,” he said.

While many students fear the bees, Hendricks advises, “Wear a bee suit and don’t do anything stupid towards them.” 

As for those of us at Small that aren’t working with the hives, Green Tech students and teachers say we should just let them be.

“If any bees ever so happen to go near you they are just checking you out and examining you,” Hendricks said.

Green Tech hopes to collect and sell honey in the near future.

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