NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Music City Center expanded its sustainability initiative with hundreds of thousands of honey bees over the summer, but now those bees are missing.
Mary Brette Clippard, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Music City Center, couldn’t meet for an on camera interview, but she sent News 2 the following statement:
“Over the winter months, our beekeepers discovered that the bees had left the four hives. We understand that this is not uncommon at all and especially can happen with new hives. They even shared this occurs occasionally with established hives. The good news is that the four hives are in outstanding shape, have no disease and the honey that was in the process of being produced looks very good. We have secured the hives for the winter and we will repopulate them in early spring.”
Greg Miles, an expert beekeeper since the 80’s, told News 2 he can’t pinpoint with certainty what happened to the bees, but says beekeeping is more complex than it used to be.
“The days of just setting a box of bees out and expecting them to live is long past us. You have to be ready for anything,” said Miles.
Disease or pests were ruled out as a possible cause.
The Music City Center said despite what happened it is still committed to incorporating bees into its sustainability plan. The honey was going to be used by the center’s culinary team and was going to be bottled up and given to clients.