10.21.2011

Habitat for Honeybees

We've made it official: we're a non-profit association, pending 501(c)3 approval. (The paperwork is done, filled out, stamped and mailed, and now it's all in the IRS's hands.)

We're Habitat for Honeybees, and you can find our new website here, or at habitatforhoneybees.org.

A little more information, you say? Here you go:


Our mission is to create opportunities for disadvantaged honeybees.



Habitat for Honeybees is a non-profit association located near Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach in San Francisco, and in the rural hills and open space above Saratoga, California.

We are dedicated to capturing feral bees and relocating them into mutually beneficial habitats. The world is a better place when bees are allowed to thrive and pollinate in organic farms and neighborhood gardens, rather than stow away in residential rafters or sneak through the crack in your ceiling skylight.

If you find yourself in the midst of a swarm of ten thousand bees, relax. Bees swarm when they've outgrown their hive, stuffed themselves with honey and taken to finding a new home. Without a hive to defend, they're not likely to sting. If they need to be captured, this is the easiest time to do so. Once they find an empty space behind your bathroom wall, they're not going to leave even if you ask nicely.

You can ask us nicely and we'll remove them for free. We have extensive construction skills and a bee-friendly bee vacuum that gently removes the bees without hurting them. Once dislodged, we house the bees into one of our hand-made Langstroth hive boxes and set them out in a secure location near good food sources.

In this way, wild, local bees become useful pollinators at family backyard gardens and small organic farms, creating natural honey from pesticide-free flowers.

Seventy-five percent of swarms don't survive through their first winter, mostly due to starvation. A swarm must find a new home, create frames of honeycomb and fill each cell with enough honey to last until flowers begin to bloom again in the spring. This is why we harvest our bees' honey only in the spring.

Please check back in Spring 2012 for information on honey availability.