Did you know that more than 100 crops in the United States are pollinated by bees? Or that one out of every three bites of our food was pollinated by a bee? Sadly, there are only 2.5 million beehives today versus 6 million in 1947; on average, one out of three colonies are lost each year. One company is trying their best to help curb this startling decline.
BEEcosystem is a company that has created wall-mounted observation hives that can be installed in your very own living room. Their goal is to educate and to grow local beekeeping communities.
BEEcosystem’s goal is to help humans learn to live side by side with this incredible and vitally important insect. According to their website, the company wants to “inspire meaningful conversations about the critical role that domesticated honeybees and other native pollinators play in both our agricultural and ecological systems.”
Don’t worry – the observation hives have been designed to prevent any bees escaping, but they could also be installed outdoors.
With the BEEcosystem beehive in your own living room or near your home, people can learn about the pollination process and how bee colonies operate and grow. Watch bees create honeycomb and beeswax while sitting on your couch!
Inviting honeybees into urban spaces, where they’re given a space to thrive, is crucial to their long-term survival.
Observation hives can be installed in just about any structure, including high-rise apartments or rooftops. In fact, bees tend to naturally navigate to hives that are located at higher elevations.
The hexagonal-shaped observation hives can be connected to help grow and expand your colony.
The wooden structures are extremely strong and made to be very resistant to breakage. However, it’s important they are mounted to studs, instead of drywall, because the hives can become very heavy once they are filled with beeswax and honey.
Bees can access the hives through secure tubing that can be installed on almost any window.
“Bees enter and exit an indoor BEEcosystem hive via an entrance/exit tube that routes the bees to the outdoors. This tube fits snuggly into a pre-cut gasket (hole) in the window unit, which is comprised of a durable insulating foam block that can be cut-to-length to fit into any standard sliding window (either vertically double-hung or horizontally sliding)—this is very analogous to putting an air conditioning unit into a double-hung window, except much smaller and lighter weight.”
Sit on your sofa and proudly watch as your bees grow, produce, and thrive.
Keep expanding your BEEcosystem hives as your bee colony grows and helps the environment.
Interested in becoming a hobbyist beekeeper from the comfort of your own living room? Learn more and find out how you can help recolonize these crucially important critters at the BEEcosystem website.
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