Honeybees at the COC

 

The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to be part of the ever-growing support of honeybees, Currently we host seven hives onthe roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Follow the honeybees' progress on Parlando, with visits and posts from beekeeper Fred Davis!

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3/8/2011

Anticipating Spring

With spring surely not too far away, it's time to check in with our honeybees! Beekeeper Fred Davis is waiting for a nice, warm day to open the hives and see how our bees are doing. He’d like to add four more hives this season but will wait till a later time in late spring/early summer to make sure he gets well-established hives. The cold winds of late spring can be a bit fierce for a new hive.

In the meantime, it's good to know that our honeybees are helping diversify the types of species of pollinators and plants in the vicinity of the opera house. It’s another way to be a - literally - vital part of our community.

Come back and visit soon to get all the buzz on the bees!

Posted by Gianna Wichelow / in Bee Update / comments (3) / permalink

HotFlash (4/28/2011 7:17:00 PM)
Can't wait to hear the buzz! Spring opening has gotten to be scary with hive collapse disorder, so there is a bit of drama here. And Varroa destructor -- lots to worry about. But it's coming to blossom time, my maple is already in bloom and hey, you bees, wakey wakey!
Adrianna (5/5/2011 1:51:55 PM)
Where would one purchase your honey? So many friends are talking about how if you eat local honey you experience less allergies! I would love that... adriannasemail at gmail.com to send any info you might have please!
Gianna Wichelow (5/24/2011 1:57:12 PM)
The bees are awake, as late as our spring has been. Adrianna: We don't sell our honey as, as an opera company, we're not at all set up to meet the requirements for being a producer of food for sale. If this changes, we'll be sure to let everyone know!