In December 2013, motivated by a concern for the dwindling number of beekeepers in the United States over the past 20 years and the resulting impact on our environment, Cadbury resident Bill Gehron pondered a plan of action. Bill invited three other residents, Tom Lord, Jim Bazzoli and Dean Hoover, to a meeting to consider the possibility of a hive of bees at Cadbury. The group decided an observation hive would be best. The purpose was three-fold:
In February 2014, Dean began construction of the hive in the Cadbury woodshop and by May 19th of the same year, the bees were shipped in from Kentucky and placed in the hive as a full house of spectators anxiously watched.
Currently, there are more than 10,000 bees in the Cadbury hive!
Did you know…
- Bees must fly up to 55,000 miles and visit up to 2,000,000 flowers to make 1 pound of honey
- Bees live about six weeks in summer
- The queen bee has a white spot on her back. She lives for about five years and lays up to 1,000 eggs per day in the summer.
- When the worker bees return from a good pollen source, they do a “waggle dance.” Moving back and forth, the dance communicates information about the source. The direction of the dance indicates the direction to the flowers. The length of the “waggle” indicates the distance to the source.