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.

Operating as usual

Apis Florea?
09/17/2019

Apis Florea?

Spettacolare opera degli eroi del pianeta. 🐝,

Photos from Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers's post
08/19/2019

Photos from Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers's post

NYC Beekeeping
08/15/2019

NYC Beekeeping

London (UK) beekeepers made a giant backlit pyramid of honey to show off all the different pretty shades. Very nice.

The origin of the expression, bottoms-up!
08/11/2019

The origin of the expression, bottoms-up!

Mel ~

A little bit of fun!!!!
07/23/2019

A little bit of fun!!!!

How to Deal with Common Hive Pests
06/27/2019
How to Deal with Common Hive Pests

How to Deal with Common Hive Pests

While others in the beekeeping industry are being bought out by large investment groups, Dadant remains family owned and operated. We are focused on providing the same high-quality products that have kept us going strong for over 150 years.

I shouldn't be sending product links on the club page, but just in case anyone needs a phone case, this is prob...
06/24/2019
Limited Edition Honey Bee Cases– Pela Case

I shouldn't be sending product links on the club page, but just in case anyone needs a phone case, this is probably as good as the rest!!!!

We're excited to introduce the newest addition to our animal collection, Bee Engraved cases! A unique design in our new color, Honey, this case was created in collaboration with artist Sarah Mitchell. As part of our mission to create a waste free future, Pela is a proud member of 1% for the Planet s...

06/07/2019
Macro Bees

All bees matter!

Happy world bee day! Sending some love to all the hard working pollinators. Did you know that there are over 19,000 species of bees in the world 🌎🐝😄 #socool #beesarecool #worldbeeday #pollinators #pollination #bee #shotoniphone #savethebees #worldbeeday2019 #ilovebees

Hi everyone,I am thrilled to report that the queen in the Harvard Museum of Natural History observation hive has been re...
05/20/2019
The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild

Hi everyone,

I am thrilled to report that the queen in the Harvard Museum of Natural History observation hive has been released and accepted by the bees. She is unmarked and unnamed, but she does indeed have a royal court attending to her. I have every reason to believe that the hive will start to flourish, now that the Harvard campus is green and filled with flowers.

A huge thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to make this all happen. In my wildest, wildest dreams, I never imagined that Harvard would have such an amazing community of beekeepers!

On another note, Tom Seeley’s latest book, “The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild” is about to be released on May 28th! No matter what kind of summer you’re planning to have, you’ll definitely want to take the time to sit under a shade of an old oak tree and read Tom’s new book!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691166765/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vamf_taft_p1_i1

Thank you again,

Greg

How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world’s managed bee coloniesHumans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. The Lives of Bees is Thomas Seeley’s...

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 🌾🍅⚘🌻🥀

03/24/2019
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
03/15/2019

Soozeezbeez

🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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.

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!

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!

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