Tag: bees

Bee swarm!

My partner and I got a chance to catch our first feral bee swarm today! Pretty wild!

The photo above is what it looked like from directly below.

Here’s a photo of the tree so you can see what it looked like from far away.

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This is the nuke box once we had caught most of them. (I used my leather bee gloves to pick up hand fulls from the swarm and put them into the box as Sara held it up. We had a friendly passerby take a full video of us both up on ladders getting them into the box, but it might be a few days before he sends it to us.)

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We think we saw the Queen at one point, but there were bees flying everywhere! It was a bit hard to tell.

Here’s a video of me gently pulling hand fulls of bees into the hive once we got them home.

All done! I hope they are happy in their new home!

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more Portland resources!

SE Uplift is an organization that is involved in all kinds of projects in SE Portland. Check out their October calendar.

They linked to this page, with upcoming workshops from the East Multnomah soil and water conservation district.

SW Neighborhoods Inc. includes neighborhood associations and business associations.

NE Neighborhood Coalition is the greater organization for all NE neighborhood associations.

NW District Association is comprised of citizens representing residential, commercial and institutional interests in the District.

Parke Diem is a great all over Portland parks project.

OSU Extension Services Master Gardener Program. Education in gardening and volunteering.

OSU Extension Services Master Beekeeper Program. Similar to above, but focused on bees!