Urban Beekeepers to the Rescue

Hurricane Irene had diminished to a tropical storm by the time she made landfall in New York City on August 28th, 2011, but she still packed a wallop that will be remembered for a long time.

I have to admit I was totally caught by surprise when one of the top news stories of the day highlighted a “dispute” between some New York City beekeepers. So what was the dispute about?

Saving a feral honeybee colony, that was exposed when wind tore off part of the hollow tree branch that the colony occupied.

Thankfully, a compromise was reached between both parties hoping to claim possession of the swarm.

According to the New York Times:

Ms. Dory will house the bees and, if they survive the winter, she will give half of them, in what is known as a “split,” to Ms. Dorn.

Sounds fair.

Now that beekeeping is legal in New York City, I hope that more cites will follow their lead and open the door to allow honeybees to become part of the cityscape.


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