Thanks to the hard work of Bee Downtown and MetLife, the Triangle area's bee corridor contains upwards of 150 hives and houses more than 9.5 million honeybees.

By Meghan Overdeep
September 08, 2019
North Carolina Bee Downtown
Credit: Bee Downtown

North Carolina is going to the bees!

On Monday September 9, the installation of three beehives on MetLife's Cary campus will officially connect more than 60 miles of healthy honeybee-pollinated space in the Research Triangle region.

The bee "corridor," which was created through years of partnership between Bee Downtown and numerous prominent companies throughout the Triangle area, contains upwards of 150 hives and houses more than 9.5 million honeybees. The network of adjacent hives extends from Durham, through the entirety of Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, and down to Garner.

North Carolina Bee Corridor
pThe blue circle represents the gap in the bee corridor that MetLife is officially closing./p
| Credit: Bee Downtown

Bee Downtown

Buzzworthy startup Bee Downtown installs and maintains beehives on corporate campuses across the Southeast to help rebuild healthy honeybee populations—threatened creatures responsible for pollinating 70 of the world's top 100 food crops.

Bee Downtown's current honeybee corridors in North Carolina and Atlanta are unique. While most beekeepers in America keep large numbers of bee hives in one location, Bee Downtown has small numbers of hives strategically placed at corporations throughout each region. As more and more companies join the program, the three-mile radius the bees from each hive fly begin to overlap, creating a connected line throughout the city.

"North Carolina is about to become home to the longest strategically connected healthy honeybee corridor in the country. MetLife's Cary campus was our missing link in the final connection point between The Research Triangle Park and Raleigh and we are thrilled to have them join the Bee Team," Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, Founder and CEO of Bee Downtown, fourth-generation beekeeper, and 2017 Southerner of the Year, said in a news release. "The Triangle's corporate commitment to the environment, agriculture, and creating a great place for employees to work is truly inspiring and we are proud to call North Carolina home."

WATCH: Costco's Adorable New "Bee House" Has Our Hearts Buzzing

Keep up the good work, y'all!