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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the title line “bumblebees”.