Buzz at the Apiary
the process of selecting the best location for our
apiary, several considerations were considered. Is
the location sunny or in the shade? Is the
location protected from strong winds? Is there an
ample water source near by? Will the bees be
disturbed by pedestrian or car traffic close by?
And, will there be any loud noises, such as
constant machinery or construction noises, close
of these considerations were processed when a
location for the Scott Conservancy Apiary was
decided upon. Unfortunately, not all of them
received as thorough a review as was needed. In
particular, a nice, sunny location behind
Providence Point was picked since it was sunny and
away from traffic. A privacy fence also protected
the hives from pedestrian traffic and offered
protection from the wind.
it was thought facing the hives toward the forest
would be an advantage to the bees. This turned out
to be incorrect because the woods, being north of
the apiary, meant the hives would not receive sun
at the entrance of the hives, which is really
important in winter months. Also, the privacy
fence close to the hives meant that very little
sun hit the hives in wintertime at all. This lack
of winter sun was determined to be the reason
several hives did not survive the winter
a plan to extend the privacy fence toward the road
was decided upon. This plan will enable us to turn
the hives so the entrances face south, and will
receive much more sun than is currently possible.
This change should greatly increase the health of
our hives. Work on this project will most likely
begin in June.
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. While
working at the Apiary last year, 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
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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
smaller of the two traffic islands at the corner of Greentree and
Cochran Roads is one of the contributions the Conservancy makes to
the community. After the long winter, a little "Tender Loving
Care" is needed. In the spirit of volunteerism, please help
with the spring island cleanup and planting.
traffic island we maintain at the corner of Greentree and Cochran
Roads is in bloom, or soon will be, due to the hard work and
commitment of Mary Pitzer. The early spring flowers on the island
are a joyful reminder that the long winter is over.
year the spring planting will be done in two phases: a cleanup
phase, which may appeal to the non-gardeners, and a planting phase
on the later date.
12 - Cleanup - bring cleanup tools such as rakes, large buckets,
cutters, saws, and shovels.
26 - Planting - bring planting tools.
We will meet at the traffic
island at 9:00 am on both dates.
Following the work on both days, plan to join us for coffee at
Starbucks on Greentree Road. Depending on the number of volunteers,
the cleanups take about an hour.
Join us on Saturday, June
9th at 1:00 pm for a self-guided
Nature Hike at the Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens located in
Oakdale, PA. We expect the hike to last about 1.5 hours.
Open since April 2015,
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has transformed 60 acres of land once
mined, logged, and farmed into a flourishing garden for all to
enjoy. Three miles of groomed trails take visitors through
gardens, woodlands, and attractions including the award winning
Lotus Pond and the peaceful Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood
Meadow. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is pet-friendly.
A Pain When It Gouges Trails Again
retention pond before sediment is removed
We love it when fresh
rainwater fills the stream in Kane Woods. But we don't love it
when the water cuts across our trails to reach the stream. That's
what happened when a big downpour hit the area earlier this year.
Hillside runoff has long
been a particular challenge along the Tom the Tinker Trail. Five
years ago we had a small retention pond dug next to the trail,
with a pipe running under the trail to the stream. Most of the
time it does a great job of protecting the trail, but when a storm
is strong enough the system can get overwhelmed.
In late February, board
member Kevin Russell checked on the pond after an especially heavy
storm and discovered that leaves and other debris had blocked the
pipe intake. The pond filled to overflowing, and the water escaped
by running down the bank and across the trail. Ken was able to
limit the trail damage by unblocking the pipe, which emptied the
pond within about 20 minutes.
When the weather warms up
and we get some dry days, we'll need to put the trail back in
shape, and remove sediment from the pond. As with most Conservancy
projects, we rely heavily on volunteers. If you enjoy our trails
and want them to stay safe and beautiful, please pitch in with a
few extra hours, a few extra dollars, or both.
The Scott Conservancy is a
non-profit organization that maintains two miles of trails in the
Kane Woods Nature Area for community use. It depends on donations
and volunteers to keep the area maintained.
Outlet into stream
from end of pipe at retention pond
receives donation from Pittsburgh Foundation
Much to our surprise, the Scott Conservancy
received a grant from the Dr. Jeanne A. Cooper/Ault Fund of The
Pittsburgh Foundation in January 2018. We were given a grant of $600
at the recommendation of the grants coordinator at The Pittsburgh
Foundation. We cannot thank them enough for their generosity.
The use of the funds is limited to the
maintenance of our apiary located near Providence Point, which we
established in 2016 to further our mission of Environmental
We received a grant from the
Dr. Jeanne A. Cooper/Ault Fund when the Scott Conservancy was
included in The Pittsburgh Foundation Wishbook for 2016. We did not
submit a grant proposal this year, so we feel honored that they
chose to fund us again.
We will use the funds to
purchase items needed to continue to maintain the apiary. We are
currently discussing changes to the apiary enclosure to allow more
sun to warm the hives in the winter. Our beekeepers have noticed
that hives shaded in the winter do not seem to do as well as those
getting direct sunlight. Part of the funds generously donated will
contribute to the cost of this project.
Meeting 2017 Recap
Conservancy held its Annual Members Meeting last November at Scott
Lodge. We were pleased to welcome a special speaker Vivien Li,
President of Riverlife.
Riverlife is a non-profit organization that advocates for
We also reviewed
our activities the past year, which included a Solar Eclipse
Party, Native Species Identification Project, Holiday Party,
Campfires and Picnics, and our Rubber Ducky Race, our popular
yearly fundraiser held at Scott Pool.
recognized and were thankful for the following volunteer groups,
businesses, and government entities that donated funds, goods, and
services to the Conservancy last year.
Scout Troop 834 and William Phifer
Foundation (Fund 1409)
Jeanne A. Cooper/Ault Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
Book Project in memory of Barbara Evans Crawford
Valley Outdoor Club
the Conservancy volunteers who donated time and skills to
maintain the Kane Woods Nature Area and the Apiary
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!
May 12, 2018
May 26, 2018
TIME: 9:00 am
PLACE: Corner of Greentree & Cochran Rds
EVENT: Nature Hike
TIME: 1:00 pm
PLACE: Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens
PLACE: Scott Pool
PLACE: Scott Lodge
Members & Chairpersons
Pitzer, Traffic Island
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