FHSU Bee Club

Bee Workers 2

Italian honeybees, Apis mellifera ligustica, a subspecies of the western honeybee, were introduced to FHSU in Spring 2016. Our hive and bees were donated by Greg Swob and Mike Jensen, local beekeepers who also performed the installation. Our thriving hive produced much honey that fall, of which the FHSU Bee Club harvested ~25 pounds (additional honey was left for the bees to survive the winter). FHSU Bee Club plans are to split the hive in Spring 2017, so FHSU will then have 2 hives. This will yield only more honey, presumably consisting of the pollen of milo, clover, and local flowers grown in the Hays community. Future plans include the sale of FHSU Bee Club honey.

The Jensen family has been keeping bees for 8 years, and they are parents to Elissa Jensen, founding FHSU Bee Club President. Elissa began the FHSU Bee Club with FHSU Faculty Advisor, Andree Brisson, as a Freshman in the 2015-2016 academic year. Greg Swob has been keeping bees for 11 years . The Jensens and Swobs have been great friends to FHSU, as they have both moved bees onto and off campus! When a strong storm in Fall 2016 felled a tree on FHSU's quad, a hive was exposed. Mike Jensen and his "Bee team" relocated these bees so that an exterminator did not have to be summoned.

Both the Jensens and Swobs are members of the Kansas Honey Producer's Association, a group founded in 1903 (http://www.kansashoneyproducers.org). Greg Swob, current President of the KHPA, enthusiastically shares this collective knowledge at Science Cafes, the Sternberg Museum, and at the Fort Hays Campus. All participate in Earth Day festivities on the Fort Hays quad, usually with a live bee display.

Bees emerge when the weather warms, and often begin pollinating dandelions and flowering trees. It is common to see swarms at this time- be patient- they will often leave on their own. If you need bees relocated, you may contact individuals on this web list. It is important that FHSU and the Hays community provide water and food for these bees in the form of wildflowers, herb and vegetable gardens, and in planting flowering trees. It is of equal importance that spraying of dandelions, lawns, and gardens is limited to provide a healthy and safe habitat for bees.

Read the BUZZ about the bees!

FHSU swarm safely relocated after storm

Something buzzing on FHSU campus this summer

KWEC Garden Plants


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