5: Get the Bees

So.  It's time to get those bees on campus.

Keep in mind that for practical beekeeping purposes, you should start with two hives.

Through your local beekeeping contacts, see if there's a beekeeper who is willing to donate a hive.  They might also be willing to split a hive in the spring to start you off.  You'd be surprised how generous they can be when supporting a new initiative. 

Check with your beekeeping association.  They might know of a reputable vendor in your area.  They may also provide swarms to new beekeepers, or let you know when a swarm has been reported.  When buying, you might start out with a nucleus, or a full sized hive.  Keep your costs in mind (again), but also your abilities.  If you don't know how to make sure a nuc grows properly, ASK.

Transport the bees to your site at night.  That way you don't lose any foragers. 

Never transport beehives on a bus or a train...

 I have no idea why "Bees on a Train" never made it in the movie business. 
They even had Samuel L. Jackson onboard!

*Note: these hives are actually empty.  No bees.  We were only transporting the equipment via bus and train.  You really shouldn't transport hives on public transportation.  And probably not even the equipment.  Although when a train is very full, you can always sit on the boxes. 
This equipment was graciously donated by the Bee Lab of Wageningen University, to get the UWC-Wageningen bee activity started!