{the buzz on bud’s bees}

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December 2016 – Winterizing the hives with waxed cardboard boxes

“How are the bees?” is a question Hans Hirshfield gets a lot.

In March, the U of M Bee Squad stopped by for a “Well Bee Checkup” and told us the Hirshfield’s Hives were healthy and happy. We lost two hives over the winter of 2015 and the University of Minnesota’s Hive to Bottle program lost 50% of the hives they managed. Fingers crossed  the winter of 2016 sees a lower bee hive failure.

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This will be the fourth year Hirshfield’s has participated in the U of M program. Last year Bud’s Bees produced 170 8oz. jars, plus enough honey to feed the bees over the winter. Can you see the “H” in the honeycomb? Custom label design by Julie B. in H’s Marketing Dept.

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Bud, Hans, and the Bee Squad back in 2014

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Spring 2016

One thing that you can do to help the bees is to buy plants that are neonicotinoid free. Check with your local garden center and see what they carry in neonicotinoid free plants.

The next time you’re stopped in traffic on 94 heading east, a block south of International Market Square, look to your right for the rainbow H on our building and you should see the tops of the Hirshfield’s Hives. Living the good life in the Harrison neighborhood.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{friday finds: keeping the neighborhood colorful}

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UofM’s Bee Squad checking on the health of the hive. Do you see Carrie’s (H’s Lakeville) cute bee stencil on the boxes she painted up for the bees?

Keeping the Neighborhood Colorful

This Spring, Bud and Hans Hirshfield teamed up with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and introduced two honeybee colonies to the environs just outside of downtown Minneapolis.  The Hirshfield’s Hives are managed by the UofM’s Bee Squad as part of their program helping promote the health of bee pollinators.  Beekeeping is no longer only a rural pastime.  Honeybees can be kept in a variety of places – from back yards to balconies to rooftops.  And yes, honeybees can live and thrive within city limits.

Starting with two boxes, the Hirshfield’s hives are growing. In just a month, we’ve had to add additional hive boxes to make room for the new pollinators. Hirshfield’s enlisted the able assistance of nearby Bryn Mawr Elementary School art class who put their talents to work painting the new hives.  In return, those bees are visiting flower and vegetable gardens in the Bryn Mawr backyards.

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The Queen is a tad larger than the other bees.

Join us in marveling the fascinating work honeybees and other pollinators perform so tirelessly. We owe them so much.

And for our other furry and feathered friends. . .

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New patients today total 37 as of 6 p.m. and yesterday WRCMN took in 50+ new admits!

They Need Your Help.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville is one of the nation’s busiest wildlife hospitals.  They are in need of volunteers.  WRCMN is looking for adults to help raise orphaned and injured baby birds in their Avian Nursery.

The commitment is a weekly four-hour shift from now through September.

Care involves hand-feeding baby birds, providing fresh food and water to older birds, doing laundry and dishes and making sure the birds have a clean, healthy environment in which to thrive.

WRCMN’s biggest need is on weekday mornings/afternoons and weekend nights but other shifts may be available.

Without hundreds of volunteers, we would not be able to care for more than 8,500 animals every year. You can make a difference in the life of a wild animal!

Visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota at this link to find our how you can help.

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