Unused open space at Sea-Tac Airport now houses 24 honeybee hives to increase pollinator health.
Sea-Tac Airport’s newest residents, 500,000 honeybees, joined ranks in June 2013 with the 777s and other aircraft that call the airport home. In partnership with the local nonprofit The Common Acre, the project — called Flight Path — distinguished Sea-Tac as one of the first airports in the country to host an apiary.
With open space around the airfield and bee populations in decline, the airport is uniquely suited to host honeybees. The long-term goal is to promote hardy bee populations in the region by increasing their genetic diversity and supporting them with adequate habitat.
Watch a video showing bees at Sea-Tac.
Hosting bees at Sea-Tac contributes to the port’s local conservation efforts at the airport’s wetland mitigation sites where nearly 150,000 plantings and other restorative projects have been underway since 2007.
To highlight the importance of honeybees, Sea-Tac Airport is hosting Flight Path, a bee art and educational exhibit located pre-security outside of Concourse B. Produced by The Common Acre, the exhibit includes work on the subject of flight and bees by 24 local artists in a variety of mediums including mosaics, blown glass and photographs.