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SciTech Gets Buzzed On Campus Bees

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The sweet sight of SciTech’s Honey Bee Hives. Photo credit: Colby Grant.

Established in 2012, George Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative (HBI) has now expanded to Mason’s Science and Technology Campus. Six new bee hives (complete with honey bees) were installed in early April and are located in the Community Garden area just beyond Beacon Hall. The total bee population can range between 5,000 to 45,000 bees per hive, depending on the time of year.

There are more than 40 hives under Mason’s care (including 19 hives on Mason campuses), and that number keeps growing. In a partnership of HBI and Fairfax County, land at the I-95 Landfill Complex in Lorton that was covered with grass is being turned into meadows that are ideal for honeybee pollination. The project will lower maintenance costs for the county and promote pollination and pollinators.

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