About us

We offer

  • Simplified, cost-effective educational programs and products.
  • Coach individuals and groups in nurturing pollinators.
  • Rescue wild hives from buildings and trees.

While pollinators likely will not "make news" until then next not-wished for die off, stresses pollinators currently are burdened with can be reversed: hive by hive, school by school, neighborhood by neighborhood.

 

Brian Lacy

Brian's bee-grade origin story ... 

Got 'good n bit' by the bee bug at 14 (1972) while going to a tiny alternative school in Gold Hill - Southern Oregon. 300 acres of grass fields, pine and madrone trees. With Tom, one of the school owners’ sons, we soon pulled out the table saw and built a few hive boxes WITH frames. Teenagers.

 

Delmar Smith

We got our bees with help from Delmar Smith: a kind, short, round, bald, energetic guy with a high-register voice and arms that flapped around, yes, like a bee. Delmar was Rogue Valley’s bee guru then. He got us in touch with someone who had a swarm on a low branch. An easy start. Our pains paid back in lots of honey next year – those being the days before mites and general bee decline.

 

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Since then I’ve kept between 3 to 10 hives. When the mites arrived in the early 2000s I used to use chemicals, but soon dropped that after realizing I was making super mites.

In 2010 I became more interested in catching wild swarms, because they are most likely to be genetically stronger to naturally resist mites. In 2011 I made a big string purse (video clip of the purse in use) and upgraded a bee vacuum design I found online to be more effective at saving as many swarms as possible from occupying the walls of houses.

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Portland Bee Classes

Since starting Live Honeybees our programs continue to grow, PowerPoints, shows with live bees, making bee homes, pouring candles, apitherapy sessions - the list will keep growing.

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A few key milestones:

  • Installed and support observation hives at Portland Waldorf, Gardner Arts and Sciences and St Johns Fischer Schools.
  • Relocated 25 beetrees
  • Engaged children and adults through school, library, farmer's market,  outreach programs.
  • Captured 253 swarms and 87 structural rescue hives.

None of this would be possible without the energy of my students and a few volunteers who have staffed outreach tables, poured candles and honey, and more.

Thank you!