Latest Buzz at the Apiary 

John Crist, our beekeeper and Conservancy Board Member, maintains the hives

The 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.


With 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. Honey extractor


In an effort to add to our knowledge of beekeeping, several of our board members attended beekeeping workshops this spring at their own expense.



John 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.


John Crist, our beekeeper and Conservancy Board Member, maintaining the hives



In 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.


Honey extractor - top view


This 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 pollination.


What is a swarm? 



  Honeybee 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. While working at the Apiary last summer, we came upon a swarm that is pictured above. 



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:, 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.

Contact: Keith Breitenstein 

Wednesday, 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.

Bring 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. 

Eastern Coyote: Can we co-exist?

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.

Twenty-five people attended the program and were able to ask questions at the conclusion of the program:

Coyote program facts:

When 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.

Keep your pets close.

VERY 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 just meat.

Coyotes help keep the rodent and rabbit population under control.

Coyotes 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.

Call the PA Game Commission 724-238-9523 if you are having issues with a coyote.


2016 Wish Book Wishes Funded    

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 year.  

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 community non-profits.

Honey Label for Scott Conservancy Honey

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.

Pittsburgh Magazine Kane Woods Article

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 newsstands.

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Sometimes I Wonder

Sometimes I wonder whether,
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

  Itís 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 Area.

Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program

EVENT: Annual Picnic
August 16, 2017
TIME:  5:30 pm
PLACE:  Whiskey Point Trailhead

EVENT: Annual Meeting
November TBA
PLACE:  Scoff Park Lodge







  • Jane Sorcan, President

  • Bob Gamble, Vice-President

  • Sarantos Patrinos, Secretary

  • Greg Anderson, Treasurer

Board Members & Chairpersons

  • John Crist, Apiary

  • Bill Luxner, Trails

  • Don McGuirk, Trails 

  • Kevin Russell, Trails

  • Robin Anthony, Website

  • Mary Pitzer, Traffic Island

  • Jean Miewald, Membership

  • Sarantos Patrinos, Newsletter Editor









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