On Tuesday May 27th, approximately 28,000 new inhabitants came to Grouse Mountain! We picked up our four brand new hives of Honey Bees that we will be raising on the mountain this year and for years to come.
Each box contained approximately 7,000 bees in a nucleus colony (or Nuc for short) that we then transferred to our hive boxes on the hillside. We provided sugar syrup solution to help the new bees out and also gave them some pollen patties as a food source. This lowers the stress of having to both grow the colony and forage for food.
Our goal is to allow these guys to settle in this season and build their hive. They will then overwinter up here and next season we are hoping to have some honey production going on!
Stay tuned for further updates on how the hives are doing along with more explanation and photos!