In celebration of World Bee Day, we’re doubling our bee preservation efforts from last year, committing to rescue over 10 Million bees around the United States through partnerships with independent, skilled beekeepers.
Pollinators are essential to our planet’s thriving ecosystems. Beyond powerful bee wellness products like Manuka Honey and Bee Propolis, we rely on bees for our entire way of life. Bees pollinate nearly 75% of our global food supply (source: Greenpeace). They strengthen biodiversity and help regenerate lands. The health of our planet, and our people, is dependent on the health of honey bees. With bee populations decreasing from climate change, pesticides, human development, diseases, and more, it is important that we do everything that we can to help save the bees.
Did you know that if there’s a beehive on your property, you can safely remove and relocate the bees through bee rescue instead of extermination? It’s one of the most helpful ways you can support bee populations in your community. Meet the US beekeepers who are helping us rescue and relocate over 10 Million honey bees across the country:
Hilary Kearney is the author of two books: QueenSpotting and The Little Book of Bees. Her business, Girl Next Door Honey, offers educational opportunities to hundreds of new beekeepers each year. Her work has been the subject of features in Huffington Post, Vogue, Mother Earth News, and other outlets. She teaches, rescues wild bee colonies and manages around 60 hives in her hometown of San Diego, California.
Nicholas Wigle began his career in beekeeping in 2009. He is viewed as an expert in the field being called to remove wild honeybees from attics, walls, and landscapes. Nicholas’s company, Super Bee Rescue, removes hundreds of wild hives per year. The team cares for over 400 colonies, performs 600 rescues per year, and maintains 80 bee apiaries. Their clients include local businesses, celebrities and beekeepers. His team provides beekeeping consulting in Santa Barbara County, CA. Nicholas graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Business and Economics, and received his Master Beekeeping Certificate from the University of Montana.
Ang Roell is a nonbinary beekeeper who currently resides in Western Mass where they co-operate They Keep Bees, a queer-led beekeeping business in Great Falls, Massachusetts. We tend bees in Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont and on the central coast of Florida. Currently, TKB manages 300 Comfort hives. Comfort hives are simply designed, handmade hives built to mimic the cavity of a tree, and be responsive to the needs of the bees. In a beehive, the influences of the ecosystem shapes the actions of the hive as a collective. As stewards of honeybees Ang listens to the ecology and observes the response within their hives to make decisions about the best actions to take as a beekeeper. From the TKB hives Ang harvests honey, honeycomb, beeswax, and propolis. They also produce queen bees and starter hives. Ang’s passion is raising resilient and adaptive queen bees, and teaching aspiring beekeepers how to build sustainable apiaries. When you support They Keep Bees you are supporting an apiary that is prioritizing honeybee health.
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