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Bees Matter! Maybe even more than ever with the forecast demand on our agriculture industry. That being said, there is an ongoing decline in the bee population and we at Friends of the Bee have taken notice and have decided we want to help.
Friends of the Bee was created so that folks who have taken notice of the important roll bees play on our planet, and want to get involved or contribute in the effort to help rescue bees, may do so.
We have put together a strategy that allows us to help have a positive impact on bees on several different levels. We partner with local bee removal businesses that relocate bees that have usually built a hive in a residence. The homeowner wants to save the bees from being killed by a pest control company but is a little hesitant to spend hundreds of dollars doing so. We in turn sponsor the removal of the colony and provide the bees with two new hives. Why two hives you ask? Because most of the time the homeowner only becomes aware that there is a colony of bees in their wall or attic when the hive has begun to swarm, meaning they were already in the process of becoming two colonies.
There are many advantages to rescuing these particular colonies. These are wild bees, they haven’t been raised on sugar water like many of the commercial beekeepers practice and they are extremely more rugged and overall healthy when it comes disease and infestation. These are the workhorses of the bee population and therefore we ensure that they find homes where their wild qualities will not be domesticated in any way. We feel this approach is a critical part in the long term survival of our bees.
We find homes for the bees we rescue by maintaining a database of homeowners who sign up to receive a colony of bees when one becomes available and we are able to ship the bees and their new hive right to the front door. Friends of the Bee also has a swarm trap box that we can ship to your home to help capture your first bee colony.
Simply put, we want every back yard or roof top to have a bee hive and if you don’t have a backyard or it’s not feasible to own a bee hive where you live, you are still able to help sponsor one elsewhere. The team at Friends of the Bee have jumped into helping the bees find healthy homes with both feet and could use all the help we can get. Please support our cause!
Friends of the Bee is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization.