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Quarry Hill Nature Center unveils new interactive bee hive on Earth Day

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We may see bees swarming around beehives, but do you ever wonder what goes on inside?

On Saturday, Quarry Hill Nature Center visitors had a first-person look for themselves.

It's been all the buzz for the last couple of months, and Saturday morning, the new interactive bee hive at Quarry Hill Nature Center was officially unveiled.

The observation hive at the nature center has been the most popular exhibits for years, and now, to give visitors "more," the new interactive bee hive will give them the opportunity to see how the bees work on the inside.

The hive was designed and fabricated by Blue Rhino Studio, an internationally recognized designer and artistic fabricator for museum, visitor center, and zoological environments.

Quarry Hill Nature Center Director Pam Meyer said that 10,000 to 20,000 bees will call this hive home, with only one queen bee, of course.

Meyer said visitors will be able to pull back the bark surrounding the hive to see what other creatures live alongside the bees, which should be a major hit for the kiddos!

Visitors got to learn fun and interesting facts about the bees, such as how their wings beat 12,000 times per minute and the importance of pollinators and conservation of honeybees.

One particularly interesting fact about these specific bees going into the interactive hive is that they are locals.

"These bees have actually been over-wintering with a bee keeper here in Rochester. So, they hung out in his bee box over the winter and he will bring them out here [Saturday] morning," said Meyer.

The bees were put in the hive Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m., and the official unveiling was at 9:30 a.m.

Following that, in honor of the new hive and Earth Day, there was a Pollination Party where kids could take a honeybee scavenger hunt, build a bee bungalow, and make bee costume.

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