The park added 4 new honey beehives near the park office in the southeast corner. The hives chosen are the Langstroth hive which was patented in 1853. In modern beekeeping, a Langstroth hive is any vertically modular beehive that has the key features of:
- Vertically hung frames
- Bottom board with entrance for the bees
- Boxes containing frames for brood and honey: the lowest box of the hive for the queen to lay eggs, and boxes above where honey may be stored.
- Inner cover and top cap to provide weather protection.
The standard beehive used in many parts of the world for beekeeping is based on the Langstroth hive. The advantage of this type of hive is that the bees build honeycomb into frames, which can be moved with ease. The frames are designed to prevent bees from attaching honeycombs where they would either connect adjacent frames, or connect frames to the walls of the hive. The movable frames allow the beekeeper to manage the bees in a way which was formerly impossible.
Stop by and chat with the park educators to learn more about the bees and the critical need to protect them from pesticides and the dangers of climate change and the overall changing environment.