Hives thrive at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
The Stickney Family Honeybee Exhibit has always been a popular one at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. A highlight is a hive framed in glass found inside the halls of the Center. Guests of all ages can get up close and peer into the heart of an active beehive. Regular visitors have watched this hive grow and strengthen over the past several years.
The exhibit also includes another hive located in the interior courtyard. With the help of beekeeper Scott Danniger, these hives have become extremely active and are thriving. Mr. Danniger anticipates that this is the first year honey will be able to be extracted from these outdoor hives. While the bees produced honey last year, it remained in the hives to strengthen and encourage the growth of the community.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is offering a free event when the honey is removed from the hives. The event, Live from Our Hive, “is an opportunity to celebrate and educate,” says Catherine Timko, executive director. “We are so excited about the success of the hives and this is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the fascinating topic of honeybees.”
Live from Our Hive is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23. At 11 a.m., Mr. Danniger will give a brief presentation. Guests are invited to watch the extraction and spinning of honey from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wildlife specialists will also be on hand to talk further about the life of bees, their contribution to our local environment, the creation of honey and more. The program is completely free of charge and no registration is required. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the event will be moved to Aug. 30 at the same times.
The Stickney Family Honeybee Exhibit will remain at the Center. Ms. Timko is thankful to the Stickney family and Mr. Danniger for their support and dedication and she’s excited by the interest from the community. “There are children who come through our doors and race to this exhibit. There’s nothing better than seeing a whole family fascinated by what’s going on inside the hive.”
Wendy Hanna is a staff member with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center