After leaving the 5th Annual Teachers Night held at the US Botanical Gardens on Thursday, I was pleased to receive a poster that celebrated bees! Well, native bees.
Too bad the honey bee wasn’t listed, as it isn’t actually native to the US.
The common honey bee, Apis mellifera, has roots in Africa. About two million years ago, a branch of honey bees moved their hives indoors to the Winnie the Pooh-style, hole-in-the-tree type of shelter.These bees slowly made their way up to Europe and further evolved to adapt to winter.
My challenge today was to make about a dozen 5 year olds embrace bees — which wasn’t easy at first.
First of all, I’m behind the hives, lighting paper on fire — a definite kindergarten no-no. Then I’m telling them to come and look closely at the frame covered in bees…
But once we settled the screams and panic attacks about stingers, they slowly started to come around.
Would you climb this ladder, in the rain …in a skirt?
That’s what I did today, so that our hives in Mount Vernon Triangle wouldn’t go hungry. As it’s just about my second week as executive director, I haven’t visited all of our hives, yet, but I’m working on it. Today, I set off to feed the two hives on the rooftop of this building. Granted it’s a one-story building, but I had to lug my milk jug full of sugar water and beehive smoker.