Buzz at the Apiary
Scott Conservancy has three healthy beehives in
our apiary located on our property near Providence
Point. One of the four beehives we started
with last year did not make it. We hope to
increase our beehives to four again as the weather
warms, and the bees naturally increase in number.
the generosity of a few donors through the
Pittsburgh Foundation, we will be able to purchase
a honey extractor and some other tools to help
with the maintenance of the beehives and the
harvest of honey.
an effort to add to our knowledge of beekeeping,
several of our board members attended beekeeping
workshops this spring at their own expense.
Crist, our beekeeper, pictured below, attended a
conference in Monroeville, PA. Sarantos
Patrinos and Jane Sorcan attended the Tri-County
Beekeepers Spring Beekeepers Workshop in Wooster,
OH on March 3-4.
addition to attending classes and getting updated
information, John, Sarantos and Jane purchased
items needed to maintain the apiary and harvest
the honey. Funds from the Wish Book grants
we received this past December were used to
purchase these items.
year also brings a new experience to the
Conservancy apiary. Our three hives will be
used to pollinate the apple orchards of a nearby
farm. John Crist helped coordinate the
project where we will deliver our hives to the
apple orchard for a few weeks this spring when the
trees are ready to be pollinated. We are
very proud to help with this important job of
is a swarm?
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. While
working at the Apiary last summer, we came
upon a swarm that is pictured above.
are bees important?
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
Accessed May 31, 2016)
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
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
August 16th @ 5:30 pm
Please plan to join
us for a the annual Scott Conservancy Member's Picnic at the Whiskey
Point Trailhead at 1461 Scrubgrass Road.
a dish to share. Last year we had a wonderful variety of
foods. Hot dogs, burgers, soft drinks and water will be
provided. Bring a chair for each person coming and feel free
to invite friends and family.
Wildlife Control Officer
Tom Kline from the PA Game Commission provided an informational
program about coyotes fount in our area. The Conservancy
sponsored the program on June 8th.
attended the program and were able to ask questions at the
conclusion of the program:
Coyote program facts:
encountering a coyote, make yourself large; wave your arms; make
noise; do not run away; walk away slowly. Do not try to feed
or interact with coyotes. It is important that they continue
to avoid people.
your pets close.
IMPORTANT: Remove all food sources from your property. Keep
trashcans covered; do not leave pet food dishes outside; do not
ground feed wild animals. Coyotes eat a variety of food, not
help keep the rodent and rabbit population under control.
are most active at night and early morning but that does not mean
you will not see them during the day. If you see them in the
day, that does not mean they are sick.
the PA Game Commission 724-238-9523 if you are having issues with
The holiday season was a bright
one for the Scott Conservancy. We were honored to be included in
the 2016 Wish Book sent out by the Pittsburgh Foundation this
Each year the Pittsburgh
Foundation accepts grant proposals from non-profit organizations
to be included in the Wish Book published during the holiday
season. This year's Wish Book featured 73 organizations from
all avenues of the non-profit sector. The Wish Book Project
is a unique opportuntiy to connect donors to the needs of
Our grant request was for
equipment for our apiary. Thanks to the generosity of three
donors, our wish was granted. We want to thank the Sherman
Evans Fund for donating $580 and the 1409 Fund for donating $500
to us this year. Then, much to our surprise and delight, we
recently received an additional $750 in funding from the Dr.
Jeanne Cooper/Ault Fund.
These funds will be used to
purchase an electric honey extractor, an electric knife, and a
variety of other materials to allow us to maintain our apiary.
Many thanks to these funders for
their donations to our project.
An upcoming issue
of the Pittsburgh Magazine will have an article on local trails
and nature areas. The Kane Woods are included. Be on
the lookout for the Pittsburgh Magazine when visiting the
Did you know that
you could support The Scott Conservancy just by making purchases
on Amazon? Go to smile.amazon.com and set The Scott Conservancy as
your supporting charity. Thank you for your support!
Sometimes I wonder
in all the world,
there is a monarch so magnificent
an athlete so awesome
a politician so powerful
a lover so lovely
that he has, like my little mongrel dog,
a person who walks behind
and picks up his poop in a plastic bag.
by Hazel Cope, a
Scott Conservancy supporter
time to renew your
Scott Conservancy Membership
By making a
yearly donation to The Scott Conservancy you will help us continue
our work in the community. If you are already a member,
please check the mailing label on your newsletter for the date of
your last donation. If you are not currently a member,
consider joining, attend an event and visit our Kane Woods Nature
TIME: 5:30 pm
PLACE: Whiskey Point Trailhead
PLACE: Scoff Park Lodge
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