Nashville Zoo teaches the importance of honeybees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – While World Bee Day has passed, the Nashville Zoo is still working hard to teach people about the importance of bees for continuous pollination.

Together they put together a new exhibit that included a species of bee, a collection of beehives and colonies of bees raised to produce honey.

“Bees are extremely important to the food chain. They really have been around for millions of years. And the honey bees are doing their job, which is pollinating,” explains Olivia LaGrand, Nashville Zoo Beekeeper. “Pollinators are really the main reason we have so many food crops that we eat, as well as so many plants around us.”

Nashville Zoo’s new birds of prey and observations show us how honey bees make their honey. You can visit it at the zoo’s Historic Farm exhibit.

“We are still working on planting some wildflowers and making everything look nice. But it has been a working site for our trustee,” said LaGrand. “We already have a working hive. We’re really just splitting our hive in two because it’s doing so well it’s getting too big. “

“This weekend, we will receive our observation hive, in the historic warehouse that is actually set up. And so, it will all really be set this weekend. And then people can come and see them a little bit safer because they’ll be behind the glass. And you’ll go inside and be able to see the hive in action. And we’re going to have a lot of infographics in there for people to read and really learn about honey bees.”

This time of year they are really busy making honey, so they can stock up on a food supply for their hive during the winter. But after a year or so, they will make more honey. And that’s when you can harvest some to consume. The zoo has some future plans for that.

“The idea is that, in the future, if we catch these hives and they get through the first winter, maybe next year we’ll be able to harvest some honey and be able to sell it,” he said. LaGrand explains. “We named it Grassmere Gold!”

That has to do with it, and I bet it will be delicious.

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