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5/19/2011

Spring Buzz on the COC's Honeybees

Last year the Canadian Opera Company was delighted to welcome two hives of honeybees on the roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. On May 7, beekeeper Fred Davis brought in new hives, to replace the bees that didn't survive the winter, upping our hive numbers to seven!

Fred tells us more, below:

On Saturday May 7 we introduced a number of new hives to the rooftop of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. I usually give hives about a week to get acclimatized to their new surroundings but had to extend that a while due to the poor weather. This week I starting champing at the bit to see how they

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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!

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11/22/2010

Fred Preps the Honeybees for Winter

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees' progress:

As the weather turns cooler and after all the honey has been removed, my attention turns to fighting the varrao mites that plague honeybees throughout North America. I applied the medication approved for use by OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) to combat varrao mites and have been

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001

 

 

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