I appreciate what you are doing in your area. We have been saving honey bees for years and years in Florida and are trying in our area to teach others to do the same. But sadly, in this state we have folks that will not work together for the saving of honey bees and put more emphasis on expanding their own importance than the bees in the beekeeping world. They get appointed to committees and councils and then join with others that don’t want to look too far into the future with concern for honey bees and all other dwellers on this earth. Instead they can only see dollar signs in their eyes and allow greed to influence their actions.Anyone that disagrees with their actions must be attacked and discredited. Sadly, the public and the honey bees suffer from this type of blindness.Dealing with ignorant folks is time consuming and a pain in the posterior and has a deleterious effect on beekeepers and causes the death of millions of honey bees.Now the government wants us to jump through more hoops in this state and spend more money to do what we have been doing for years.Alas, poor honey bees........
Best People to Call During a Bee Invasion Los Angeles 2012 - Backwards Beekeepers
L.A.'s Mediterranean climate draws more than just expats and would-be movie stars. It's also perfect for wild bees, which populate the city from the coast to the Valley. Since 2008, Backwards Beekeepers, founded by Russell Bates, wife Amy Seidenwurm and bee guru Kirk Anderson, have aimed to diplomatically smooth over bee-human relations with their rescue hotline, which gets 15 to 20 calls a day — sometimes more. Unlike exterminators who kill bees while charging high fees, residents can report a swarm or hive to Backwards Beekeepers and see experienced, passionate volunteers safely remove bees without using chemicals and transport them to a new location where they can thrive — often for only the price of mileage reimbursement. The organization gets referrals from the animal care and control departments of various cities within L.A. County and has rescued bees from garbage dumps, suitcases, Jacuzzis, even inside the shell of a powerboat. The educational approach is a win for both residents and bees, which have suffered dangerously dwindling populations for years. Bee hotline: (213) 373-1104, backwardsbeekeepers.com.