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BCS Garden Club is Buzzing with Excitement

Terry Shanor of Butler, PA, a beekeeper and honey farmer with over 35 years of honey bee experience spoke to third and fourth grade students at Butler Catholic School during their January Garden Club meeting.  Shanor, a member of the Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association, shared lots of fun and interesting facts with the students about honey bees.  Students were amazed to learn that over 100,000 bees can live in a colony or hive together, and that the members of the hive are classified into three groups, queen bee, worker bee and drone. Shanor brought in pictures of the different types of bees, as well as a hive for students to view.  He also spoke of the work that goes into making honey.  To make one pound of honey, bees must visit over 2 million plants. A honeybee visits between 50 and 100 flowers during one collection flight from the hive, and an average bee colony produces 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. Shanor passed around beeswax, and honey comb and hive samples for the students to examine.  All students at the end of the meeting were given honey sticks to taste a few of the different flavor honey varieties from a light goldenrod honey to a dark buckwheat honey.  Recently bee colonies have been declining in number which is dangerous for farmers because honey bees are extremely important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. To help here at BCS we are planning to plant a pollinator garden in the spring and summer months to attract bees as well as butterflies and birds.