Silver Lake beekeepers launch rescue operation

Silver Lake residents and urban beekeepers Russell Bates and Amy Seidenwurm returned home last Sunday after meeting with fellow fans of beekeeping and were shocked to discover that two giant eucalyptus tree had collapsed across their backyard, with one of them landing on top of their bee hive. The bees, Bates writes on the Backwards Beekeeper blog, were “pissed off”:

“The impact had crushed the giant ceramic pot that served as our hive base, but the boxes themselves were in surprisingly good shape. The bottom box (containing the brood nest) was upside-down, and when I turned it upright the bees really went into defensive mode.”

Uh, oh.

So, Bates and Seidenwurm (the same couple of Hello! bear mural fame) made a beekeeper 911 call to bee expert Kirk Anderson to assess the damage and organize a rescue. The trio carefully used kite string to reattach the honeycombs to the bee hive frames. They plugged the entrance to the hive and moved it to one side of the couple’s hillside lot until work crews chop up and clear out the fallen trees.

Seidenwurm got stung once during the operation but Bates and apparently Anderson managed to avoid the wrath of the defensive bees. While workers cleaned up the mess in the backyard, the Silver Lake couple spent the rest of the week in their kitchen extracting and collecting honey from their fallen hive.

Photo from the Backwards Beekeeper

One comment

  1. Hello,

    Sorry to hear about the mishap in your back yard.
    I am a novice bee keeper and have just started my first hive. I am loving every minute of my beekeeping experience.
    I placed the bees in April at home and am looking to share info and meet other bee keepers. I live and work in Hollywood. Thanks and best of luck with your bee keeping.

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