The Basswood Bees are doing very well at the Eastman Nature Center! Thanks to Queen Beelinda’s excellent egg laying skills, the population quickly grew from about 7,500 bees in the spring to approximately 60,000 bees now. On September 18th, we will remove the honey supers and then extract the honey!
Cub Scout Pack 532- Den 5 visited the Eastman Nature Center on Saturday, May 10th. The Scouts learned about beekeeping, observed the beekeeper checking on the Basswood Beehive, and had fun looking for the queen bee in Eastman’s observation hive.
The Basswood Bees have taken to their new home at Eastman Nature Center. They ate the marshmallow that blocked the opening of the queen cage and the queen bee is now free to move around the hive and lay eggs!
Beekeeper, Dave Schroeder, of Champlin is holding packages of honey bees. The bees started their journey to Minnesota from CF Koehnen & Sons in Glenn, California. Each package contains 2 pounds of bees (approx. 7,500 bees), 1 queen bee, and 1 can of sugar water.