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"Life With the Hives -- Not Always the Bees' Knees!"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:30 PM
Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston

Did you know:

--That beekeeping goes back 7000 years?
--That to stay warm in winter, bees cluster together in the top of the hive, where it's the warmest, near their food stores? They keep warm by rotating positions in the cluster, the outsiders flexing their muscles to create heat for the insiders, while they all slowly rotate positions.
--That honey has antibiotic properties, unlike sugar, which provides food for decay-causing microbes?
--That a queen bee lays 1500 to 2000 eggs a day?
--That if a queen bee dies or is removed from a hive, worker bees create a new queen?
--That bees perform buzz pollination, also called sonification, in about 8% of flowering plants—including blueberries, eggplants, and chilies?
--That in the US and around the globe, bees are threatened by loss of foraging habitat and by the use of pesticides, especially those called neonicotinoids?

Learn more about the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping from Dennis Rittenhouse, the Small Bee Steward, at our annual meeting. The meeting is open to all, and refreshments will be served.

The Small Bee Steward, Photo by Lee Muenzen

Dennis Rittenhouse began his joyous, non-profit career in about 1975, when his two young children were learning about vegetable gardening and pollination. He has been dabbling in both gardening and honey bees for the last 45 years, until about 8 years ago, when he jumped in with both feet. At that time, beekeeping became a passion for him, with lots of highs and lows. He practices chemical-free honey bee husbandry, and will describe what that means in his presentation. His affiliations include the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, the Central Jersey Beekeepers Association, and the Eastern Apiculture Society.

For more about the Small Bee Steward, visit: http://www.thesmallbeesteward.com/



Saturday, June 7, 2014

To celebrate National Trails Day, volunteers cleared away a tree and other debris blocking the flow of Heathcote Brook under the old stone bridge in the Cook Natural Area.

It was a cool way to spend a warm day! Many thanks to our industrious crew.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Clifford Zink, award-winning historian, preservation consultant, and author, gave a presentation on the subject of his latest book, NATURAL BEAUTY: SOMERSET COUNTY PARKS. He traced the development of Somerset County’s park system from its roots in the County’s agricultural past through its evolution over nearly six decades into an organization utilizing creative public-private partnerships to preserve open space and serve more than 2,000,000 visitors and program participants annually.

Businessmen and political leaders worked tirelessly to establish the Somerset County Park Commission in 1956 by public referendum, and they adopted a visionary plan to preserve prime open space and provide excellent recreational opportunities for the public. Since that time, inspired public officials and professional staff have implemented and expanded the plan into a countywide network of 26 parks encompassing more than 13,500 acres.

Somerset County parks today include award-winning facilities like the Environmental Education and Equestrian Centers at Lord Stirling Park, the horticultural centers at Colonial Park and Leonard J. Buck Garden, the Torpey Athletic Center, and the Neshanic Valley Golf Course. The Parks also contain exceptional landscapes and natural areas like Natirar and Sourland Mountain Preserve, the largest county park in New Jersey.

To obtain a copy of NATURAL BEAUTY, please call 908 722-1200 ext. 236, or visit Somerset County Parks Commission


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