Latest Buzz at the Apiary 

A nice crowd turned out for a tour of our apiary, led by beekeeper John Crist, on our 30th Anniversary celebration.  The bees behaved too -- except for one curious bee that wanted to check out a visitor's hearing aid. 

  

Our expanded Apiary has made a much better home for our bees. We now have room to add hives, make splits in hives, and even relocate hives within the Apiary as needed. 

 

At the present time there are eight hives in the Apiary. The suspected culprit in the demise of the one hive that didn't survive last winter is Varroa Destructor, a parasitic mite that is raising havoc in apiaries across the country. Overall, our treatments for this parasite have been fairly successful; however, there are losses. An effort is being made to utilize the open area around the Apiary to build pollinator gardens that would provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen for the bees throughout the growing season. 

 

The bees were growing fast in the spring with several hives swarming. Attempts to capture the swarms proved unsuccessful as the swarms quickly found new homes, most likely in the 75 acres of woodlands in the Kane Woods.  Several hives were in need of new queens this spring, which were easily provided. 

 

The Apiary Pollinator Garden is developing very nicely. Bee Balm plants were planted in June and grew well. Wild Bee Balm, the Purple Coneflower, and the Black Eyed Susan plants were planted in four-by-eight foot beds ready with certified organic soil.  Bees were fed as needed during the summer dearth, which was a drop in nectar sources for them. The bees were busy bringing in nectar from the fall blooming flowers: Goldenrod, Japanese Knotweed, and Aster to name a few.

   

Conservancy Honey for Sale

   

Raw honey is honey that hasn't been heated or pasteurized, and it contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other important nutrients. 

  

Raw, local honey also contains a blend of local pollen, which may strengthen a person's immune system, and reduce pollen allergy symptoms. Contact Jane Sorcan to purchase our local, raw honey from Conservancy beehives.

   

Apiary tours are available to anyone interested in viewing the apiary and learning more about the culture of honeybees. Please call or email the Conservancy to make arrangements.

  

Honeybee swarm

  

What is a swarm ? 

      

A swarm is a collection of bees that contains at least one queen that has split from the mother colony to establish a new one. A swarm is a natural method of propagation of honeybees. 

      

Why are bees important? 

      

Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination - they need pollinators. Honeybees are pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy, and honeybees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from sever weather, and support other wildlife.

    
(Source: Pollinator.org, Accessed May 31, 2016)

   

  

Tree Pittsburgh

The Scott Conservancy is partnering with Tree Pittsburgh by offering native species trees for sale at a very favorable cost. Tree Pittsburgh's mission is to protect and restore Pittsburgh's urban forest through community tree planting and care, education, and advocacy. Tree Pittsburgh's Heritage Nursery seeks to revitalize local forests, and the important services they provide, by growing a diverse range of native and heritage trees for planting efforts. The trees available for sale have proved both hardy in our local climates and resilient in modern conditions. The nursery stock is curated with pride to withstand vegetative competition and thrive after planting, even in the toughest conditions. These trees have resisted weather extremes, soil changes, and pollution over decades, making them ideal candidates. 

Scott Conservancy volunteers will be able to help with pickup, delivery, and planting of these reasonably priced trees. We hope you will consider planting a tree or two on your own property or on Conservancy property. 

www.treepittsburgh.org 

www.treenursery.org

Contact: Keith Breitenstein 

 

This spring is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Stay tuned for our spring events that embue environmental awareness as we focus on trail maintenance in the Kane Woods, cleanups, plantings, our apiary...and more.  

 

Mother Nature Smiles on Scott Conservancy's Celebration

Citation from the State Legislature highlighting our achievements in the past 30 years 

The Scott Conservancy didn't own any land when we had our first organizational meeting in the late summer of 1989. All we had were a handful of people "dedicated to active pursuit of the appropriate use, preservation and development of both the natural and manmade environment." 

Thirty years later we have acquired 77 acres of land and built out more than two miles of trails.

We maintain another small patch of nature on the traffic island at Cochran and Greentree Roads.

We have an apiary that produces delicious, ultra-local honey. 

We have a lot to celebrate. And that's exactly what we did on September 14th.

Right up front we want to give a big round of applause to the United States Coast Guard. They showed up a week before the event to help us get ready by mowing, trimming, clearing trails and generally sprucing up the place. The Whiskey Point and Scrubgrass trailheads haven't looked so sharp in a long time. We were a little anxious in the days leading up to September, as the weather had included a lot of rain. But the skies remained dry on Saturday morning, and by afternoon we even had sunshine. 

We kicked it off at 10 a.m. with two special guests, Representative Anita Astorino Kulik (45th District/Allegheny County) and Representative Dan Miller (42nd District/Allegheny County). Together they presented us with a citation from the State Legislature highlighting some of our achievements in the past 30 years. 

It was easy to tell that something big was going on next to the Scrubgrass parking lot. We had four pop-up tents, hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, jars of our own honey for sale, and several display boards. The boards showed how the Conservancy has progressed over the years: acquiring developing mine-drainage mitigation ponds, acquiring Kane Woods, adding an apiary, and more. 

The apiary was a big attraction We had four canine visitors for our dog walk.

Some of the children grabbed our scavenger-hunt lists to see what they could spot as they and their parents walked some of our trails. Those who reported back with their successes went home with some small jars of honey as a prize. We gave away a few balloons too. 

All through the day we saw some familiar faces of members and friends, and a few faces we hadn't seen for a while. 

Our event surprised a few people who had just come to walk the trails on a nice Saturday afternoon. We hope they learned a bit about the work we do, and how we rely on members and volunteers to keep all the wheels turning. 

So that put a wrap on our first 30 years. Now let's make the next 30 even better.



 
United States Coast Guard volunteers 
 

U.S. Coast Guard "Steps Up" for the Community!

The Scott Conservancy would like to thank the seven United States Coast Guard volunteers based in Bridgeville for their help on Tuesday, June 11th in the Kane Woods Nature Area located in Scott Township. 

The volunteers worked very hard in the mud constructing a much-needed set of stairs with 8 steps that goes up a hill at the end of one of the bridges. 

The hill has often been difficult for hikers to climb due to the trails clay surface. It was especially difficult to walk this spring due to the exceptionally rainy weather. 

 

 

They also lined a portion of a nearby stream bank with flat rocks to reduce erosion affecting the trail above. Volunteers needed to climb into the stream bank, clear debris, and move rocks from the streambed to stabilize the bank. Visitors to the trails located in the Kane Woods will find walking the trails in the Kane Woods Nature Area safer and easier because of their efforts. 

The trails are open free of charge for community use but are in constant need of improvement. The wet weather the last few years has made it even harder to keep them walkable. The Scott Conservancy is a non-profit group who depends on public support and volunteer help to maintain the property. 

The volunteers worked very hard making the much-needed improvements. We greatly appreciate the support the Coast Guard provided us.


Plant Milkweeds to Help Monarch Butterflies Survive 

Conservancy member, Bob Podurgiel found several milkweed plants growing along the roadway on Kane Blvd. In an effort to protect the plant, he recently transplanted a few of the smaller plants in the field by our apiary near Providence Point. We hope they will grow and spread in our open field. 

According to The National Wildlife Federation, the North American population of Monarch butterflies has declined over 90% over the last two decades. Monarchs breed in our area in the summer and autumn. The autumn generation then migrates to California and Mexico. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on Milkweed plants found in our area. Since the habitats for milkweed is decreasing, the Monarch population is declining. 

Commercial breeders, hobbyists, and schoolchildren often raise Monarchs and release them. Studies have shown, however, that these butterflies do not migrate so do not contribute to the migratory population. If you have a sunny area on your property, you are encouraged to grow and protect milkweed. Hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones and see beautiful Monarchs flitting around your home. Just do not take them indoors. Leaving them in the wild to insure they will migrate. 


Thank you for Ducky Race Support!

Due to the wonderful generosity of our members and support from the public, the Conservancy's Ducky Race has again been a very successful yearly fundraiser. Ticket sales totaled $1,435. The conservancy raised $717.50. This year's winner, Jennifer Leya from South Fayette, was given a check for $700 at the Scott Pool on July 4th. Her total winnings were $717.50 and she generously donated the $17.50 back to the Conservancy. Jennifer bought her ticket at the pool on the 4th and was there to see the Ducky Race and watch her Ducky hit the finish line. Thank you to all who supported our event.

Come Out To Whiskey Point For Our Next Campfire 

If you haven't been to one of our campfire events at Whiskey Point, you've been missing out on some fun. Everyone brings some good things to eat and drink, and we have a chance to kick back and relax around the fire pit. It's a chance to meet new people and renew old acquaintances. You never know who might show up. At our most recent campfire we had a couple of visitors from Woodville Plantation, complete in period costume from the 18th century. They even brought along some samples of Cherry Bounce, a spiced cordial that was a favorite of Gen. George Washington. What will the next campfire be like? That's partly up to you. Mark it on your calendar when we send out the notice, and help make it a memorable evening. 

Folks from Woodville plantation came in colonial dress for one of our campfires last winter


Renew your Conservancy Membership

We hope we can count on your continued support. By making a yearly donation to The Scott Conservancy you will help us continue our work in the community.  You will help us conserve and maintain greenspace for habitat, pollinators and passive recreation.  

 


The CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) savings for each ton of recycled paper is four tons of CO2 because less energy is needed to make paper from recycled fiber as opposed to virgin wood pulp. The savings does not even take into account the CO2 absorbed by the trees that are not cut down to make new paper. Keep Recycling!

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EVENT: Annual Meeting

DATE:  THURSDAY
November 14, 2019
TIME:  7:30 pm
PLACE:  Scott Park Lodge

INFO/DIRECTIONS: Jane Sorcan


EVENT: Holiday Lunch

DATE:  THURSDAY
December 12, 2019
TIME:  11:30 am
PLACE:  DeBlasio's
1717 Cochran Rd


 

   

 

 

   

 


  

 


Officers

  • Robert Celaschi, President

  • Bob Gamble, Vice-President

  • Sarantos Patrinos, Secretary

  • Jane Sorcan, Treasurer

Board Members & Chairpersons

  • John Crist

  • Bill Luxner

  • Kim Imler

  • Kevin Russell

  • Don McGuirk

 Chairpersons

  • Robin Anthony

  • Mary Pitzer

  • Jean Miewald, 

Connect with Us

The Scott Conservancy
PO Box 13067
Pittsburgh, PA  15243

Whiskey Run Trailhead
1461 Scrubgrass Road

Scrubgrass Run Trailhead
1459 Scrubgrass Road


 

  

   

  

  

  

 

 

  

 

  

  

 


TWO HAIKU

Where did the mountain go? 
It was pushed into the stream below. 
Mountaintop removal. 

Where did the fish all go? 
They died because the stream can't flow.
 Mountaintop removal.

Hazel Cope

 

Haiku are a short, Japanese form of poetry. Thank you to Hazel Cope for her poetry.  Hazel is a Scott Conservancy member


 

 

 

 

 

 



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