Aaron Quicksall, youth member of the Crossroads Beekeepers, visited the Pollinatarium at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign over this past weekend and had the opportunity to meet and talk with Lesley Deem, PhD who is the Director of the facility. He reports having a facinating time looking around the Pollinatarium and learning about their bee research projects including a small indoor observation hive that has been making it through the winter with only around a dozen bees. In addition to the research projects, they have a museum with old beekeeping equipment from days gone by.
The Pollinatarium is located at 606 W. Windsor Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801. You can contact them by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Pollinatarium, visit their website at
Also, if you follow this link you will find a brief slide show with narration about the life of a U of I beekeeper. http://multi.media.illinois.edu/ng/soundslides/Beekeeper/Bees/Bees.html
Club field trip, anyone???