NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 16, 2012) - WNYC.org reports that Andrew Cote, the faculty member responsible for the bee hives at the top of York Prep, is worried about the health of the school's hive during this harsh summer season. Thirst and overheating are among his main concerns, but WNYC.org reports that the overcrowding of bees caused by the growing urban beekeeping trend may also play a role in the declining health of multiple hives across New York City.
According to the article, Cote is a leader in the urban beekeeping movement. He tends to over 50 hives throughout the city and assisted in drafting the guidelines for successful urban beekeeping. Additionally, Cote leads the bee education program at York Prep, where he is a part of the beekeeper club and contributes to the development of the curriculum for bee-focused courses.
This year, Cote cites high temperatures, limited water resources, and overheating as his main concerns for the hive. But, according to the article, overcrowding is also a concern.
"It's just not the heat that's the problem," the article reports. "Like everywhere else in New York, there seems to be a shortage of available real estate. Cote worries there are not enough flowers to support the growing bee populations -- especially in certain neighborhoods where beekeeping has blossomed."
This "growing" population of bees now hovers around 200 registered hives, although the article notes that an equal amount of unregistered hives is likely to be found throughout the city. The concern is that there are not enough flowers in the city to sustain all of these bees, resulting in malnourished hives that do not create as much honey.
For many urban beekeepers, like Cote, the creation of honey is one of the most exciting aspects of the beekeeping experience. Cote creates what is called "hyper local" honey, which he sells at farmer's markets. Unfortunately, the volume of honey that his hives are creating is down 50 percent from last year's production. This tells Cote that something is negatively affecting the bees of the city.
Cote and the rest of the York Prep family hope that the urban bees of New York City are able to survive the harsh weather and continue to flourish despite the concern about overcrowding.
York Prep, a private school on the Upper West Side, was founded by Ronald and Jayme Stewart. Today, the pair serves as the Headmaster and College Counselor, respectively, and continues to provide traditional and progressive curriculum options to students in grades six through 12. One of the many characteristics that set York Prep apart from other schools is its proactive and personalized approach to learning, evidenced through its untraditional class scheduling practices that base course offerings on individual strengths. As such, York Prep has built a reputation as an educational institution that fosters the academic growth of students while allowing them to explore the skills and knowledge to which they are drawn.
For more information about York Prep, visit yorkprep.org.