A Beehive of Activity
Bees play a critical ecosystem service function in that they pollinate many of our crops, thereby increasing our production of food. Bees also produce a number of useful products, such as beeswax and, of course, honey.
From spring through fall, dozens, if not hundreds, of bees can be seen daily in the Center’s rain gardens and its Community Organic Garden. What visitors might not realize is that the Center is home to a small number of managed beehives on its grounds. University of Michigan-Dearborn students can take part in all of the activities involved in urban beekeeping, including hive start-ups, seasonal hive maintenance, and the annual harvest of honey in late summer.
Opportunities are available for highly motivated student beekeepers to set up and manage their own hive in the campus apiary. The oversight and maintenance of the Center’s hives is coordinated by EIC Program Supervisor Rick Simek. Please contact Rick at 313-583-6371; firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Rouge River Bird Observatory is the longest- running, full-time urban bird research station in North America.
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128