EDIT: The Bumble Bee Rescue Program has been cancelled. Contact Alex Farmer or the Alberta Native Bee Council for support

In the 2010 season, ABC Bees received dozens of calls about found or dug up bumblebee nests from members of the Calgary community. These community members had heard of the challenges facing honeybees across the globe and were concerned about the hurt or nuisance bee colonies. As a honeybee keeper, I wasn’t sure what to do about the calls. But as I learned more about the silent plight of the bumblebee: destroyed habitats, decreasing numbers, the challenges with pesticides and fertilizers in the city, and lack of information on their populations, I decided to take action. 2011 is the Year of the Bumblebee as far as ABC Bees is concerned. ABC Bees is piloting the Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program with the support of Bumblebee expert Dr. Robin Owen of Mount Royal University. ABC Bees hopes to save potentially destroyed bumblebee communities by offering free removal and relocation from May to August. ABC Bees will be developing a study on the species and locations on bumblebees from around the city. ABC Bees is looking for volunteers to help us relocate the bumblebees to new happy and loving yards, and also for families eager to take the displaced bees in to their familial ecosystems! The bumble bees wont have to be relocated to be apart of the small study. If you have some bumblebee nests in your yard, and you would like to help our study, please contact ABC Bees at contact@abcbees.ca with the title line “bumblebees”.

8 Comments
  • Dwight Adams
    Posted at 17:03h, 31 May Reply

    Curious about adopting a colony

  • Carla
    Posted at 17:41h, 15 July Reply

    I have discovered a bee hive nestled on top of some fabric/clothing in a plastic bin that has been on a balcony for some time. I don’t know if it was “in progress” of being built when I found it, but after leaving it for a week or so, there’s still live bee activity on the part that is exposed. Can anyone advise ie. rescuing/relocating versus killing it?

    • bees4communities
      Posted at 14:37h, 07 August Reply

      hy carla
      I am glad that we were able to come by and have a chat, and have a look at the bees that you had nested there!

  • Jaquelin Sara
    Posted at 22:51h, 11 July Reply

    I have a hive that can only be a few weeks old. It is in a spot that doesn’t work for my family, and surprisingly in a low lying bird house. It will need to be removed, preferably to a new home. I should say, I’m not sure what kind of bees they are.

  • Aeriol Meinhardt
    Posted at 17:46h, 05 August Reply

    We have a nest of bees under out deck and just inside the house wall. They have been there for years but now there are so many more. Sometimes I can’t even go out the back door to the deck. I think they are bumblebees. They are a bit hairy and their rear ends are a rusty orange colour. I can’t get a picture because they come and go off the propery so fast and don’t stop. We are planning on rebuilding our deck next spring so is if possible to get them removed?

  • Berit
    Posted at 11:02h, 15 July Reply

    i have bumble bees under my deck and want them to move but do not want to kill them. what do i do?

  • Lorrie
    Posted at 13:15h, 18 July Reply

    I live in Crossfield and I have a bubble bee nest in my basement wall. I can see the whole nest as it is accessible . Can someone help

  • jj
    Posted at 22:42h, 18 July Reply

    hi i have a small number of bees nesting in the corner of my house beside my sidewalk in SE calgary,,is there someone who would BEE able to stop by and remove them please lol….i know they are endangered and would like them to be taken alive so email me if you like bees:D please …and thanks 😀

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