Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers We provide students an opportunity to be active beekeepers as undergrads and to learn about the role and importance of bees in our local ecosystem.
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HUB has taken a three-pronged approach to inspire bee activities on campus: 1. Cooperative Community Events: Bee’ducation Initiative ● Film screenings: hosted in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History, ex. More than Honey, Queen of the Sun, The Vanishing of the Bees ● Bee banquets: pollinator importance awareness food events hosted with the FLP 2. Experiential Apiculture: HUB Hive Project ● Installing and maintaining a beehive on the roof Pforzheimer House, with the approval of Environmental Health & Safety, and Harvard FAS Office of Planning & Physical Resources, the Harvard Center for the Environment, and the Pforzheimer House Masters 3. Community Training, Individual Skill-building: Campus outreach workshop series: ● Community speaker and event alerts through HUB mailing list: [email protected] ● Organizing visits by local beekeepers and beekeeping instructors: ex. Wintersession 2014: "The Art, Science, and Craft of Beekeeping"

Mission: To our knowledge, currently there are no other directly honeybee-related, insect-related, or experiential apiculture education-related Harvard student organizations. We started with an idea in the Harvard Community Garden, but have since become an independent club. We have partnered in the past with the Food Literacy Project to bring bees into the important farm to table picture, and the Health Advocacy Project with a small honey tasting event. Since 2006, honeybee colonies in the US have seen collapse rates of up to 90%. As key pollinators, honeybees are directly responsible for cultivation of over 30% of the most important food crops. HUB seeks to stimulate active discussion on campus about not only the plight of the honeybee, but also to educate about the incredible world of apiculture. We would seek to bring together groups with important stakes in the fate of beekeeping. From all parts of the Harvard community, from the RoboBees Laboratory designing robots that mimic hive behavior at the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, to the Environmental Exposure biologists working to link between declining bee health and pesticides at the School of Public Health. Please email below to request to be on the HUB mailing list, a low volume announcement email chain for interested community members to stay in touch with relevant bee’vents on campus.

The early reports are that the bees of Notre Dame survived...
04/17/2019

The early reports are that the bees of Notre Dame survived...

A little good news from Notre Dame. The hives were out of the burn zone, and current reports are they survived!! Luckily the overall damage is less than they thought as well.

News from our friend Tom Seeley at Cornell
04/17/2019

News from our friend Tom Seeley at Cornell

Many of you have seen the news on the Notre Dame cathedral fire which is truly a tragedy. Unknown to many was that there were bee hives placed on the roof back in 2013 to protect biodiversity and help prevent the bee die off.
Although the artifacts and artworks were saved, sadly the bees may have perished in the fire.
The news reports the efforts to rebuild the cathedral and we can all hope that they bring back the bee hives as well!

Photo credit to the New York Times

I couldn't resist! Spring flowers are on the way!!! May we all have a magical bee year!
04/11/2019

I couldn't resist! Spring flowers are on the way!!! May we all have a magical bee year!

FOCACCE PRIMAVERA 🌾🍅⚘🌻🥀

03/30/2019
Beekeepers World

Odd film...does anyone know if the Roma were beekeepers? What an odd film! I can't decide what we are supposed to believe...

Beekeeping ...

Magnificent!
03/26/2019

Magnificent!

This is so beautiful 😍 Big Swarm.

03/24/2019
Little Green Bees

Get ready fellow hive mates, spring is almost here!!!! Hey wait!....I'm a drone. I forgot, drones can't write or talk!

Beautiful and slightly enormous orientation flight this afternoon. #beeflight #honeybees #littlegreenbees #pensacolahoney #orientationflight #gulfcoastbeekeeping

Soozeezbeez -Bingham's Bee Farm
03/15/2019

Soozeezbeez -Bingham's Bee Farm

🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

03/10/2019

If cool bee facts aren't enough to convince you to come tomorrow, there will also be HUB's own honey, crackers, and bread starting at 2:00pm! Sever 202, bee there or bee square!!

Blue Sky Bee Supply
03/07/2019

Blue Sky Bee Supply

03/06/2019

BIG NEWS:
Tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 7 a.m, the bee club will be moving the hive to Pfoho. If you'd like to join, meet at Hoffman Lab! 😃

REMINDER:
The next Bee Class is going to be this Sunday at 2pm in Sever 202! We hope to see you all there! 🐝😄

What a clever little bug!!! Fooled me!
03/03/2019

What a clever little bug!!! Fooled me!

I still get blown away every time I come across this American Hornet moth I found. It really is a moth and an amazing hornet mimic. It made the cover of American Entomologist too. Moth-dreaming in advance of another March snowstorm coming in tonight. That’ll be snow falling on each of the first three days of March.

Winter is almost over!!!!
03/01/2019

Winter is almost over!!!!

A Turkish shepherd girl carries a newborn goat and its mother with her dog.

Enjoying St. Anne's Park
02/28/2019

Enjoying St. Anne's Park

How Bees Fly in Cold Weather
02/26/2019
How Bees Fly in Cold Weather

How Bees Fly in Cold Weather

Honey bees are not cold-weather flyers. Their muscles seize up if they get too cool. When this happens, the result is the stuff of nightmares--a bee may be alive and otherwise healthy while she lays on the cold ground unable to move herself to warmer climes. (Gen X'ers may recall Metallica's horrify

Today!!!!
02/24/2019

Today!!!!

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!

This week's topics are basic honeybee biology and behavior!

Come on out to learn more about bees and spend some time with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Society!

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers
02/23/2019

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!

This week's topics are basic honeybee biology and behavior!

Come on out to learn more about bees and spend some time with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Society!

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!This week's topics are basi...
02/23/2019

The first in a series of bee classes will begin THIS Sunday, 2/24 from 2-3:30pm in Sever 103!

This week's topics are basic honeybee biology and behavior!

Come on out to learn more about bees and spend some time with the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Society!

World's biggest bee found alive
02/21/2019
World's biggest bee found alive

World's biggest bee found alive

A giant bee, thought lost to science decades ago, has been re-discovered on an Indonesian island.

I can't wait until this book becomes available! All of Tom Seeley's book are incredible reads!!!!
02/16/2019
Following the Wild Bees by Tom Seeley

I can't wait until this book becomes available! All of Tom Seeley's book are incredible reads!!!!

🐝🐝NEWS! 🐝🐝
Tom's new book will be published in May! (You can pre-order now.) https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13517.html

"The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild"
➡️➡️How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world’s managed bee colonies

Princeton University Press.
@Princeton Birds and Natural History

Natural Beekeeping Trust
02/14/2019

Natural Beekeeping Trust

We wish you a happy St. Valentine's Day 🐝💛🐝

Spring will be here soon!!!!
02/12/2019

Spring will be here soon!!!!

A trip to Boston Common to catch and track some bees!
05/05/2018

A trip to Boston Common to catch and track some bees!

2018 HUB honey extraction, round 1. Thanks for a great event to all those who came, we really appreciate it! We'll try t...
03/09/2018

2018 HUB honey extraction, round 1. Thanks for a great event to all those who came, we really appreciate it! We'll try to let you know about the next one.

08/31/2017

Hi everyone,

I'm told we had a very successful Green Fair at Harvard yesterday, with about fifty freshmen students interested in joining the club! I am delighted that so many people are interested in the gentle craft and science of beekeeping. I am so honored to be the advisor to such a wonderful group of people!

We are always interested in any local beekeeping activities, lectures, etc. Also, stay tuned for upcoming events that we will be hosting... Greg

08/22/2017

Just a tiny update, the observation hive in the Harvard Museum of Natural History is doing super. I've been spending the odd lunchtime visiting the hive and answering questions by the children who are in awe of so many bees. They love the queen and they love to watch tail-waggle dances. Cambridge, Mass is in a bit of a drought now. Thankfully, The Busch-Reisinger Museum has a little garden pool, which serves both the bees and a resident hawk!

Timeline Photos
07/11/2017

Timeline Photos

07/11/2017

Hi everybody! Just a quick little update...The club observation hive in the Harvard Museum of Natural History swarmed over the weekend. The remaining bees are without a queen, and the hive lacks any queen cells. This coming Saturday, I'm hoping to bring down one of my little nuc-box hives and introduce a new queen into the observation hive. The hive is a very popular attraction at the museum, so we want to keep the hive in brilliant condition. If anyone in the area of Cambridge, Mass., wants to help out, let me know.

The swarm that took off over the weekend likely found a big old tree on the grounds of Harvard. One tree in particular, in front of the Law School library, hosted a swarm in the past. If you're ever interested in finding wild bees, either in an urban setting, or out in the countryside, Tom Seeley's latest book, "Following the Wild Bees, The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting" is an amazing jewel of a book. All of Tom's books are brilliant, but his latest books invites anyone with an interest in honey bees to discover the joys of bee-hunting.

Greg

07/06/2017

Hi everybody, Li Murphy has handed me the torch for keeping the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeper's page up to date! (Thank you Li!) I'm hoping to offer some new and exciting updates and news about the adventures of the bee club. As the advisor to the club, I can tell you that I've been truly humbled by the character and dedication of the club members. We have strong interests in the health and hygiene of our bees, the biology of all bees, and the brotherhood and sisterhood of all beekeepers throughout the world! Our bees are alive and well! It's swarming season, which is always good fun! Stay tuned for lots more updates!...Greg Morrow

If you haven't stopped by yet, the Harvard Museum of Natural History Observation Hive is !!Live!! and !!Uncensored!!, an...
06/10/2015
Honeybees in Action

If you haven't stopped by yet, the Harvard Museum of Natural History Observation Hive is !!Live!! and !!Uncensored!!, an opportunity to be face-to-face (through a plexiglass window of course) with the daily dramas of a beehive.

http://hmnh.harvard.edu/honeybees-action

Free entrance for HUID holders (+1 guest) and Harvard Museum Members always. Free admission for Massachusetts State residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (September through May). Proof of residency required.

From a human perspective, honeybees are certainly one of the most important insects in the world. In addition to pollinating one-third of the food crops consumed by humans, bees have also helped people satisfy their sweet tooth cravings through honey production for centuries. Honeybees are highly so…

This morning, the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers heard from Kirk Webster in Vermont, the beekeeper featured in the boo...
04/13/2015

This morning, the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers heard from Kirk Webster in Vermont, the beekeeper featured in the book "Oil and Honey" by climate activist Bill McKibben. Meanwhile, Mr. McKibben was on his way to Cambridge for the Kickoff of #HarvardHeatWeek.

Beekeepers

It is not too late to sign-up for the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Wintersession! Jan 21-24, Click Here: http://tiny...
01/19/2015

It is not too late to sign-up for the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeeping Wintersession! Jan 21-24, Click Here: http://tinyurl.com/hubwintersesh

Honeys! @ Follow The Honey

Candles and Chapstick! @Center for High Energy Metaphysics AKA The Dudley Co-operative House

Hammers! @Pfoho Rooftop Gardens

Cupcakes! @ The Holistic

Bee Collections! @ Harvard Museum of Natural History

Greg is back! Check out the photos from yesterday's hive check. BigBlue is looking pretty strong -- we have high hopes f...
11/24/2014

Greg is back! Check out the photos from yesterday's hive check. BigBlue is looking pretty strong -- we have high hopes for this hive as the winter approaches! #greenharvard

You know things are serious when people have headlamps on.Here are some (bad) pictures from the nocturnal hive rescue mi...
10/01/2014

You know things are serious when people have headlamps on.
Here are some (bad) pictures from the nocturnal hive rescue mission, but proof nonetheless!

10/01/2014

In the spirit of #foodbetter week, tomorrow the Beekeepers and Food Literacy Project are teaming up to put on HIVES & HONEY For Beeginners!

Meet us TOMORROW at Pforzheimer House at 3:30pm-5pm to taste some exotic/local honeys, learn about bees, and see a live hive check (from the safety of an enclosed area of course!)

Hope to see you there!!

If you're interested in joining Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers:TODAY... at 2PM on the patio of Pforzheimer House....  ...
09/14/2014

If you're interested in joining Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers:

TODAY... at 2PM on the patio of Pforzheimer House....

We would like to introduce you to 150,000 of the hardest working members of the Harvard community, and their 12-15 legends who have braved hailstorms and beestings to care for them throughout the years. Festivities should end by 3:30PM.

(THIS COULD BEE YOU!!)

Chimps, Sarah, and Science! #goingbananasforbees#butdonotactuallyeatbananaswhenyoucheckyourbees
08/12/2014

Chimps, Sarah, and Science!

#goingbananasforbees
#butdonotactuallyeatbananaswhenyoucheckyourbees

1pm 8/16 National Honey Bee Day Massachusetts @ Follow The Honey, Inc. Sarah Callan, Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers [HUB] founding member shares of her upcoming journey to Uganda's Kibale National Park on post-graduate grant to work with robust chimpanzee population on farmers’ land at Kasisi Project with Professor Jerry Lwanga of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, where beehive fence project got started through Zarin Machanda, a researcher at Harvard involved in Kibale Chimpanzee Project. SWEET! :-)

05/14/2014

The bees have arrived! Pfoho at 5:30pm for the hiving of the new Harvard honeybees. Please come watch if you'd like. The Breezeway on the second floor between Comstock and Moors.

Than you very much to BeeWeaver Apiaries for shipping us our new baby Buckfast bees

Untitled Album
04/20/2014

Untitled Album

If you want to find out what we'll be up to this semester then there's no better time than 5-6pm tomorrow afternoon in S...
02/05/2014

If you want to find out what we'll be up to this semester then there's no better time than 5-6pm tomorrow afternoon in Sever 110, when we'll be revealing all our exciting plans for the spring semester! Anyone is welcome, tea and honey will be served.

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers's cover photo
02/01/2014

Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers's cover photo

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