It's cool to 'bee' at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary had the Valley in a buzz to celebrate National Honey Bee Day Aug. 18.
The event was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association. This is the fourth year the sanctuary has celebrated Honey Bee Day.
Live bees on display allowed for viewing and observation for an up-close and personal look. Bee colonies have three members, the queen, worker bees and drones.
Members of the Beekeepers Association gave explanations on bee life, equipment used to produce and extract the honey and how products are made from honey.
Jessica Long, of Tyrone, the 2012 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, held cooking demonstrations where she showed how to cook with honey.
Long, who won her title with her knowledge of bees, said honey may be used to substitute sugar within recipes. When substituting with honey, only use half the amount the recipe requests; if one cup of sugar is in the recipe, use one-half cup of honey. Another tip for cooking with honey is to reduce all liquids by one-half cup for each cup of honey used.
Long has traveled 95,000 miles around the state through her speaking engagements at schools, libraries and festivals. She will also be competing for the American Honey Queen title.
Aside from the cooking demonstrations, the day also had honey extraction demonstrations and honeybee games for the children.
Steve Fink, with the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, gave demonstrations on the process of extracting honey from the hive.
Members of the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association displayed the different parts of the hive and explained how there are 10 frames within the hive body. Each frame will produce around 10 pounds of honey. Fink also explained the beekeeping equipment used in gathering the honey.
National Honeybee Day brought out families and children to the Emmaus sanctuary, which provided a great learning opportunity for the entire family.