Norjohn Contracting Helping Pollinators, One Beehive at a Time

A task force made up of employees from Norjohn Contracting and Niagara College resulted in a breath of hope for Mother Nature. In late July, a beehive was spotted in a tree set to be removed from a Norjohn job site.

With his knowledge of Walker Industries’ commitment to supporting pollinator health, Michael Pett, Estimator/Project Coordinator at Norjohn Contracting enlisted the help of Kim Pinto, a summer student at Norjohn, to look into the best way to handle the situation.

Through Walker’s Environmental Performance Department, Kim was put in contact with Jay Thatcher from the School of Environment and Horticulture Studies at Niagara College. Within a week, Pinto and Thatcher met at the site where Thatcher provided some insight into best practices for the hive’s removal.

Jay Thatcher from the School of Environment and Horticulture Studies at Niagara College inspects the hive inside the tree.

Thatcher explained that the removal cannot happen during the day because many of the bees are out looking for pollen. Removal has to be done very early in the morning or at night to ensure no bees are missing. That night, Pinto and Thatcher relocated the hive.

A new beehive cannot be introduced to other hives before there is certainty that there is no risk of contamination. Thatcher offered to quarantine the hive until it could go to its final destination in Walker’s new pollinator habitat on its East Landfill.

Thatcher says that an estimated 80% of all crop pollination is done by bees, which is why bees are critical to nature’s health. Kim Pinto and Michael Pett at Norjohn agree. “We never considered it a possibility to destroy the beehive just to get our job done,” says Pett. “All we had to do was come up with a plan and get in touch with the right people.”

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