The Bee Cam is LIVE in the Honeybee Alley! View it at http://cams.ypsi.com. I’m working with my son–in-law to get it up on this site along with the Twitter Feed that will accompany it. So many thanks to Dave Strenski of Solar Ypsi and Steve Pierce from Wireless Ypsi for making the Bee Cam happen!
Last year, Ypsilanti/Ypsi Township became the 11th & 12th municipalities in the nation to become Bee City USA designees. We’re so proud! Our committee has already met a couple of times in 2016 — we’re brooding on plans for the coming year. Watch this space.
Germaine Smith & I visited Spikenard Sanctuary in April to learn at the feet of Gunther and Vivian Hauk. It was a long trek to Floyd, Virginia but so well worth it. Some pix of this gorgeous honeybee paradise follow.
Also in April, two new colonies were installed in the Honeybee Alley. These are the two hives seen on the Bee Cam. They seem to be thriving. Volunteer Brennah Cavanaugh installed the colonies along with Ypsi Melissa‘s Jamie Berlin and first lieutenant Jean Cavanaugh.
Changes are happening with the Local Honey Project. While Ypsi Food Co-op will still be hosting urban bees in the Honeybee Alley, after 5 years, the outreach component is moving from a training program to a wider educational effort. Our Bee Cam project will bring together many different pollinator efforts throughout the county: from new apiary happenings to the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council’s Pollinator Team; from Bee City USA outreach to Bee Safe Neighborhoods canvassing; from community events to honor Pollinator Week (June 18-25) to big celebrations like Ypsi Melissa’s Festival of the Honeybee (first weekend in September). Through the lens of the camera, as we watch what the bees do, we’ll relate what’s happening in the hive to our busy efforts in the community to “save the bees.” The plan at this moment is to have Germaine, Jamie and myself all commenting via Twitter and explaining what we see on the landing board and relating it to the wider community.
Other exciting stuff in the works: the Keep The Hives Alive Tour will be stopping in Ypsi on Thursday June 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Senior/Community Center, 1015 N Congress Street in the Normal Park Neighborhood.
Organized by Friends of the Earth, Pollinator Stewardship Council, and Center for Food Safety, the Keep the Hives Alive Tour will be traveling across the country to raise awareness around pollinators and pesticides and get signatures for their petition to take to Congress during National Pollinator Week. WFPC and the Ecology Center are co-sponsoring the Michigan stops. It’s going to be a great event that will highlight both Ypsilanti and Detroit.
We envision this to be a rally/press conference type of event that we’d like as many beekeepers, farmers, organizations, politicians, activists, and citizens to attend/participate and show support for the FOE petition to urge Congress and the EPA to take more action toward pesticide regulation. Please plan to be there!
Additionally, there will be a huge truck carrying donated empty hives by beekeepers around the country with their name and story on it to show the devastating losses beekeepers have been experiencing.
The Ypsi District Library and Fly Art Center will be coordinating some children’s activities, we’ll have a costume contest, and Go! Ice cream will be creating a special honey ice cream for this event!
Lots more is planned — watch this space!