Beehives Atop The Omni Colonnade Rooftop Are Set To Earn Their Keep | Texas Public Radio

The Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is now host to some unusual guests and of all places – on their rooftop. Although they are now, beecoming, local residents.

Back in September, Walter Schumacher with the American Honeybee Protection Agency, from Austin, removed 150,000 bees from Norma Ramon's near North West side attic.

He collected them and gave them time to heal. When bees are removed, their painstaking work is ruined because the hive is broken.

Now that they are back in shape, they have a new job on top of the Omni Hotel's convention center. They'll provide honey to the hotel and its guests while pollinating local plants.

Jeremy Lander is the Omni's Director of Sales and Marketing.

“There’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 hives," he said as he counted. "So we'll be doubling that in the spring to get to 250,000 bees total. All of the plants that you see now in the 40 gallon potted buckets, will be basically leading a path out to the corner of the roof over here, where the bees will go out and search for pollen. So we’re almost creating a super highway of organic vegetables and produce that the bees will be pollinating on their way out and on their way back, and we'll be enjoying the fruits of their labors.”

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