2015 End of Year Update

We have spent much of the year laying the foundation for a big push in 2016. We've been cultivating connections and utilizing social media. We've learned some valuable lessons that we will use to help guide our fundraising in 2016.

Tree Hive Bees is now active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a few other lesser-known sites. We have begun interacting with our followers and the beekeeping community online. This will be helpful as we promote our cause. We are utilizing the hashtags: #treehivebees & #treebeekeeping, among others.

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Lynn has been traveling and speaking about our research plans to various Beekeeping Organizations including:

  • Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association SOBA

  • Central Oregon Beekeeping Association COBKA

  • Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association KBBA

  • Lane County Beekeepers Association LCBA

  • Linn•Benton Beekeepers Association LBBA

  • Portland Metro Beekeepers Association PMBA

  • Tillamook County Beekeepers Association

  • Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association WVBA

Lynn was also a presenter and participant at numerous functions including:

  • The Home Show in Eugene

  • Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma

  • Bend Oregon Environmental Center Community Tree Hive Bees Night (organized by COBKA)

  • Honey Festival in Ashland, Oregon

  • 2015 Oregon State Beekeepers Conference

Tree Hive Bees were featured in the March Bee Culture magazine, and in an August Honey Colony article. Two videos were presented to the public through a crowdfunding campaign. One was filmed in the California Bay Area where Lynn helped a young beekeeper set up a tree hive and install the honey bee colony. The other one was produced by Cooking up a Story on site at our apiary in Corvallis, Oregon. These can now be viewed on our website, Vimeo, YouTube etc.

We are currently in the process of writing grant proposals to secure funding for our research on the community of organisms in a tree hollow, as well as on comparisons of some of the physical parameters of a tree hollow to conventional hives (i.e. wall thickness, hive height, temperature fluctuations of cavity) and much more.

We have begun the hunt for active tree hives, having been offered access from small land holders and some Oregon timberland holders to do this. Please let us know if you know of any land holders who would be interested in offering us access to their property for research. We will locate tree colonies and implement ways to study them with minimal disturbance to bees and land owners. We hope that our research results will ultimately offer practical aids to commercial beekeepers' integrated pest management practices.

We will soon be launching our online membership program. This will allow those who donate the option of becoming a Tree Hive Bees Member - with extra access to our progress updates and addition member benefits.

Please accept our gratitude for your interest and support. With your help we will achieve our goals and provide much needed scientific research on what is becoming a very popular concept among many different types of beekeepers...Tree Hive Bees!

Tree Hive Bees PO Box 1495

Philomath, OR 97370

www.treehivebees.org

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