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Bee Their Wings of Flight

$4,173 of $5,150 goal

Raised by 51 people in 5 months
Created September 14, 2017
Thea Hayes
on behalf of Jacqueline and Susan
Jacqueline Freeman & Susan Chernak McElroy know bees; they are the champions of preservation beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest as educators and master beekeepers.  Both honeybees and native species are struggling to survive due to habitat loss, overuse of pesticides and immune system problems that have promoted diseases and parasite problems. Together with a larger group of biodynamic and natural beekeepers, they have started the Preservation Beekeeping Club and then Washington State non-profit Council, with practices that promote recognition of the biological, emotional and sacred relationship between humans and bees.


Jacqueline is the author of the trailblazing book “Song of Increase,” published in English and French that promotes living with and building a relationship with bees from an understanding of their nature and wisdom. She is also known from her role as a swarm catcher in the award-winning documentary, “Queen of the Sun.” Jacqueline spends time promoting a gentle approach to pollinators, showing people how to gather and re-home swarms, rescuing downed tree hives, helping friends get started with bees, as well as speaking around the country at conferences, book stores and online at spiritbee.com.

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Susan is a teacher, beekeeper, master storyteller, and author of the New York Times Bestseller, “Animals as Teachers and Healers,” published in over 20 languages. In her small backyard apiary, Susan is passionately promoting the ancient practice of skep beekeeping—keeping bees in straw hives. She teaches preservation beekeeping classes, lectures locally, and contributes to the Mother Earth News Blog, “Keeping Backyard Bees."

Education of the public is key to bee survival on this planet, and that includes connecting knowledgeable beekeepers with each other. Attending conferences that will network the preservation beekeepers with educators and practitioners in associations worldwide will go a long way toward bee survival.  At this conference, international bee researchers, beekeepers and conservationists  will convene to explore human/bee relationships from three fascinating angles: Honeybees in the Wild, Human-Bee interactions, and Landscapes Conservation & Culture. Our campaign is to support this vital and necessary work, with the goal of funding the Preservation Beekeeping Council educators cost in attending the Wild Bees Conference on August 31st through September 2nd, 2018 in Amsterdam, Holland.  They will be traveling from Portland, Oregon to their destination, and need support for airfare, conference registration and hotel stays.

The funding for this effort will be:

Round Trip Airline Tickets @ 2000 x 2 = $4000

Conference Registration        @350  x 2 = $ 700

Housing  @ $150 per night for 3 nights = $450
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                                                                       TOTAL $5150

Please consider sponsoring a master beekeeper's networking efforts at the 2018 Wild Bees Conference in Amsterdam, and be on the forefront of promoting the survival of pollinators.

http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/conference

As a reward for sponsoring a beekeeper's conference trip at the $5 - $10 level, we will email you a Bee Birthday Wish on your special day.

As a reward for sponsoring  @ $20, we will send you a link to a downloadable professional recording of bees in the hive by award winning audio engineering Robin Wise.

At the $30 level, you will earn a membership in the Preservation Beekeeping Club in Camas, WA, and enjoy the Club's newsletters, blog and FB page, plus the beehive recording.

At the $50 level and above, we will forward you a signed copy of either Susan's or Jacqueline's (your preference), and enjoy all Club news (same as the $30 level).

If you consider sponsoring the beekeepers at $100 or more, you will receive all of the previous benefits plus a 25% discount applied to all workshops by Jacqueline and Susan in the greater Vancouver, WA area.

“We put the needs of the bees first. We are a primary voice in creating a new kind of apiculture based on the wisdom of the bee and the most current apicentric research. We bring together people who care about bees in ways that honor deep and respectful observation and collaboration.”   Preservation Beekeeping Council

Thank you for supporting Jacqueline and Susan's vital work on behalf of the bees!

Jacqueline Freeman: "Song of Increase" Trailer 

Piping the Queen: Talking to Bees
Latest video by Jacqueline Freeman on the effects of pesticides on honeybees.
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We are so close! Susan and Jacqueline are very excited about the journey they are definitely on, with additional invites to teach in Europe after the Conference. To all of you that have been kind enough to donate, please feel free (!) to share this Campaign with your friends. My bees are already out and about in this early Spring; are yours?
J & S sharing wisdom about log hives
Springtime at the Top Bar!
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We are so very close! I invite all supporters to share this Campaign with their friends to put us at our goal of $5150. Jacqueline and Susan are definitely going, with the grand support they've received so far, and they've even received additional invitations to extend their stay and spread their understanding of Preservation Beekeeping in locations beyond Amsterdam. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Susan installing an observation hive!
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Unlike the East Coast of the U.S., so far our winter has been relatively mild. We've only experience about one week of temperatures in the mid-20's with some snow and ice. Consequently, the ladies of the hive are popping out of there as often as possible, and we even have watched pollen baskets going in that are bright yellow. Is there ever a typical year now? I checked with my stethoscope, and the low hum told me that the hives are doing relatively well. The smell of honey is emanating from the entrances, and when the bees leave they do joyous wide loop-de-loops in the air before returning. Must be such a relief when the sun hits the hive entrances and they can make their brief escape.
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We had about 1 hour of warmth and direct sun 3 days ago, and my bees were out flying loop-de-loops and bringing in pollen (of all things)! Other than that, it's down in the 40's and rainy, and the girls are hunkered down in their hive boxes, peaking out when possible to assess conditions. We are looking forward to continued support from Jacqueline and Susan's blog and book folks, in order to get them closer to their goal of being at the world-wide bee conference next year in Amsterdam. Thanks again to all that have chipped in funds to make this happen!
Top Bar Hive in Portland, OR 11/2017
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Raised by 51 people in 5 months
Created September 14, 2017
Thea Hayes
on behalf of Jacqueline and Susan
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