Spring Bees

Spring has finally come to New Haven, and members of BeeSpace are busy getting ready to install our new hives.  We are currently  building two new hive boxes to be ready to house bees by the end of the term.  As of this Sunday, the boxes have been nailed together and just need a coat of paint before we can introduce our nucs! Stay tuned for exciting updates on the new members of the BeeSpace family and their homes!

Winter Bees

With the end of first semester and the beginning of winter, it’s time for both bees and keepers to take a break.  Our hives have been insulated and fed so that they are nice and cozy for the coming snowy months, and Bee Space members are busy planning upcoming events.  This winter, Bee Space plans on building more hives to house more bees, and spring will be full of hive related activities.  Stay tuned!

First Honey Extraction

On Friday,  members of Yale Bee Space headed out to the wet campus farm to extract our fist batch of honey.  We extracted 84 ounces of honey as well as wax and pollen and look forward for future honey tastings and adventures!DSC_8508 DSC_8512 DSC_8516 DSC_8527 DSC_8528

Looking Forward to the Year

Bee Space just had its first meeting of the year and is eagerly looking forward to getting to know our new members and planning exciting events including honey extractions and building new hives! If you are interested in becoming a member or hearing the latest buzz about upcoming events, shoot us an email at yalebeespace@gmail.com10151881_283950275144522_8870639917289594348_n

Bulldog Days!

Thanks to everyone who came to our bulldog days event of honey and cheese tasting!  We hope to see all of you future Yalies and future beekeepers next year!DSC_6142 DSC_6152 DSC_6156 DSC_6158 DSC_6160 DSC_6163 DSC_6164

New Hives on the Way

Last week, members of Yale Bee Space designed Langstroth and Warre hives on SolidWorks to cut on the shopbot to create better hives faster.  We will soon have 6 hives on West Campus farm to gather more data and more honey!1513847_237072076499009_5959104146010446540_n

Our hives went up a few IQ points!

Yesterday, Yale Bee Space members went out to Yale west campus to instal sensors on our bee hives.  The sensors gather data on sound, humidity, temperature, and weight through the use of an Arduino and solar panels.  We can now collect and analyze data about our bees and will hopefully make some great discoveries with our new smart hives!1480529_232239730315577_509098890_n 1920392_232239820315568_1351955090_n 1969203_232240176982199_1991927960_n 1978746_232240210315529_614868652_n 1978910_232239646982252_2050758044_n 10151418_232239686982248_346873540_n

End of Winter Hive Check

Spring is coming, and it was time to check up on our bees out at Yale West Campus!  Before Spring Break, Bee Space members went out to the hives to see how our colonies faired the winter.  We found many happy (albeit angry that we had opened up there home) bees in both hives as well as lots of honey!  We examined the frames, fed the bees, and can’t wait for warm weather, sensor installation, and honey harvest!DSC_4971 DSC_4978 DSC_4986 DSC_4996 DSC_5014 DSC_5018

Final Hive Assembly!!

Our Warre Hive is officially done and ready for bees!!  Members of Yale Bee Space gathered together tonight to nail together our hive and make it bee ready.  Come Spring, it will house a happy 30,000 residents!DSC_4870 DSC_4881 DSC_4883