Buzz at the Apiary
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.
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.
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.
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
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
bringing in nectar from the fall blooming flowers:
Goldenrod, Japanese Knotweed, and Aster to name a
Honey for Sale
honey is honey that hasn't been heated or
pasteurized, and it contains natural vitamins,
enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other
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
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.
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.
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
|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
Nature Smiles on Scott Conservancy's Celebration
from the State Legislature highlighting
our achievements in the past 30 years
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
Thirty years later
we have acquired 77 acres of land and built out more than
two miles of trails.
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
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.
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.
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.
apiary was a big attraction
had four canine visitors for our dog walk.
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
the day we saw some familiar faces of members and friends, and a few
faces we hadn't seen for a while.
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
that put a wrap on our first 30 years. Now let's make the next 30
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
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.
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.
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.
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
from Woodville plantation came in colonial dress for one
of our campfires last winter
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!
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!
November 14, 2019
TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: Scott Park Lodge
EVENT: Holiday Lunch
December 12, 2019
TIME: 11:30 am
1717 Cochran Rd
Members & Chairpersons
PO Box 13067
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
1461 Scrubgrass Road
1459 Scrubgrass Road
did the mountain go?
It was pushed into the stream below.
did the fish all go?
They died because the stream can't flow.
are a short, Japanese form of poetry. Thank you to Hazel
Cope for her poetry. Hazel is a Scott Conservancy