East Georgia State College’s Bobcat Apiary has a new feature! Recently, the EGSC IT department installed hardware and software to help the new Bee Cam go live, broadcasting at http://www.ega.edu/bee-cam. Take a peek at the busy lives of Bobcat Apiary’s bees at any time of day or night!
Bobcat Apiary features two hives of Italian honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica), which are known to be gentle and good honey producers. The original hives were established in October of last year, but suffered from colony collapse disorder (CCD). The new hives were established in April of this year, and, according to Dr. Paul Cerpovicz, EGSC’s unofficial beekeeper, they are doing well.
The hives are located on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus to help promote the importance of pollinators in the community and worldwide. Bobcat Apiary’s bees will also offer teaching and research opportunities for students and faculty in the Biology degree programs.
“We want to get students involved in the process,” said Dr. Cerpovicz, noting that a few students have already helped work the bees.
Funding for the Bee Cam came from a Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (GYSTC) Incentive Grant. Erin Youmans, Regional Coordinator of Magnolia Midlands Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (MMGYSTC), wrote the grant for “Bee-Cause We Love STEM” Family Science Nights that will be utilized in area primary, elementary, and middle schools. A central component of this special family night is to promote concern and interest in the loss of honey bees and connect this issue with STEM fields. EGSC’s Bobcat Apiary is a large part of this, and MMGYSTC’s Bee Cam will be used to watch and observe the hives during the MMGYSTC Family Science Night events.
Through this unique partnership, MMGYSTC and EGSC are promoting knowledge of the plight of honey bees and raising STEM awareness in Southeast Georgia and beyond!
Visit http://www.ega.edu/bee-cam to watch the humming hive of activity that is EGSC’s Bobcat Apiary.