It was a sunny Friday afternoon when my phone rang, and it was the City of Calgary police department. When the man announced himself, my heart sank. I though, something must be wrong. Was my car broken in to, is my mom ok? No, it was another day in the life of ABC Bees beekeeper. There was a swarm of bees hanging off of a lilac bush in a downtown community which needed to be moved! So, in the car I went with my roommate Alaina, and my trustee dog Lola out to the site. There I found two police officers sitting in their van with the AC on high because they wouldn’t open their windows. Apparently they didn’t know how gentle the little bees are when they are swarming.
The bees were calm as can be. They were easy to place in to the box, and I could have done it bare handed. The bees were left until the evening until another beekeeper came and picked them up and hived them at a new location. The whole event took 10 minutes to box, and probably the same to re-hive.
Now, they say that there are no wild colonies in the city, so these bees must have come from a beekeeper near the area. None of the TBH beekeepers with ABC Bees live within 150 yds of the place, so I am not sure who’s bees they were, but they were healthy and strong! So good to see!