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honey bees are becoming endangered

$5,000 goal

Campaign created 10 months ago
Created March 10, 2018
I'm 66 years old and retired... as a pastime I collect wild bee swarms and remove feral colonies from peoples walls and attics...then relocate them to hives... which I do at no cost..

The alternative is the property owner calls an exterminator, the fire department or kills the bees themselves...

I like my method better, they pollinate our food crops and without them, we're sunk...

The photo is my partner teaching a bee management class, its very hands on and the classes are free.. the funds I hope to raise will go for small acreage to establish a bee yard and buy more equipment... 

Its my plan to raise and breed queens as well as plant bee friendly flowers and shrubs for their food... all of which is beyond a retirees income..

There is also an educational aspect to the project... I live in Arizona and people are scared to death of Africanized bees...so they kill any bee they see.... even to the point of poisoning commercial hives.. The public needs to know the difference in bee behaviors..

I also need bee suits for guests to wear... so we can go into the field and do bee keeper stuff.. once they get how it really is they calm down and get over their fears then go home and plant bee friendly foliage for forage
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Update 2
Posted by Bill Moore
9 months ago
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Im on my way to Kingman Arizona... there is bee friendly country available at a reasonable price... The GF and I took a quick look at the area, this time its in depth...

I need to know where are the farms located, do they spray, and whats petty crime like.. vandals and hive thieves being an issue where I am now...

Distances to town, roads more or less and access to water...

I do know people in the area and have been offered the grand tour, so it needs doing...

I may be offering some incentive to donors, anything from honey, candles and lip balm even a T shirt with some clever art work.. its kind of up in the air at this point..funds being what they aren't..
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Update 1
Posted by Bill Moore
10 months ago
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I changed my goal amount... I feel its best to do this in stages.. mostly because the task is pretty big.. and to keep a handle on it, it should go one step at a time..

The first step is hive bodies and mite treatment.... most feral bees tend to need treatment... after which precautions against mites are installed in the new hives...

Grafting queens is on the first round schedule... it involves transfer of larve into queen cups, where they're fed royal jelly by the nurse bees... its the diet that determines queens or non queens...

At the point they are mature they get transferred with brood to their own hive... then comes the mating flight, and the drones become useful....all the workers, nurses and sentries are female....

Only the drones are male and die during the mating flight... the mating flight only happens once, enough sperm is stored to keep the queen fertilized for life... and she lays 10's of thousands of larve...
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Campaign created 10 months ago
Created March 10, 2018
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