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Hey all of you lovely Swarm List folks

Hi all of you lovely Beeks!

 

Let’s think about our ABQBeeks swarm/bee removal operation like a triage

STATION 1:  Pre-Covid-19, the BernCo Extension Office & 311 fielded calls from homeowners. The extension office is CLOSED. Therefor Birdie & Lu Lu will be fielding these calls. Be aware that there will be A LOT of calls once colonies start blasting out swarms.  We need a few Beeks to help relieve some of the pressure from us if we are getting calls simultaneously. Please contact us if you want to join this station.

STATION 2:  Since the office is closed, the volunteer station will be your phone & computer in your home.  WE ABSOLUTELY NEED BEEKS TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS VITAL SERVICE.  Sign up on the spread sheet covering the shifts from 10-4:30, 7 days a week. Sign up for as many time slots as you can.  Lu Lu or Birdie will be calling you. Your job will be to take the name/number of the homeowner and get their information. You will then start calling beekeepers on our swarm/bee removal list to go out to the swarm site. 

STATION 3:  You are the beekeepers who are on the swarm/bee removal list. Please answer the call and respond to the swarm site in a timely way. If you cannot go, please say so and STATION 2 beeks will keep calling others on our lists until someone can go out to the site.

WE WILL ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO CATCH SWARMS AND RE-HOME BEES. PLEASE BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME AND ENERGY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. LET’S ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS THE BEST YEAR EVER!

Sign up here to help us:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18CvZvHZArRU1NeSAB7r6-QWsnto6oORrWxUufxU41Wk/edit?usp=sharing

 

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING SWARM CALLS

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING SWARM CALLS

REMEMBER THIS MAY CHANGE AS COVID-19 PROGRESSES, PLEASE CHECK UPDATES OFTEN

 

Thank you for signing up for catching swarms/removing bees AND answering the swarm hotline. We will be fielding calls all day AND on weekends. We are providing an important service to Albuquerque and surrounding areas. 

Here is the current plan UNLESS we need to update:

  1. The extension office that takes calls and provides us a phone/computer to field swarm calls@ the extension office is currently CLOSED. We will keep you informed with any changes.
  2. Messages will be left on the extension voice mail directing people to go to our website OR call Lu Lu or Birdie. The same applies to calls from the ABQ City 311 line.
  3. We will then direct the swarm calls to the beekeeper who has signed up for fielding the calls. You will ask the caller the location of the swarm, height off the ground, size, etc. The questionnaire will be provided in this announcement. Please print it out. THEN you will start calling the list of beekeepers to go catch the swarm until you find someone who can go immediately. If not, keep calling beekeepers. REMEMBER YOU DO NOT GET THESE SWARMS YOURSELF. YOUR TIME WILL COME LATER. THANK YOU.
  4. Birdie & Lu would appreciate anyone else who can fill in the swarm call coverage. Please be as generous with your time and energy as you can be.
  5. We want to keep this as stress-free and efficient as possible.
  6. And as always, we appreciate your support and enthusiasm. 

Swarm List Hotline Sign-up

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18CvZvHZArRU1NeSAB7r6-QWsnto6oORrWxUufxU41Wk/edit?usp=sharing

 

Hotline Instructions and Form

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OkAKlryoGuZ94b3XbqvYRUEfTzG_Dcs5q5FpV5UA8ak/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

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2020 Swarm List is LIVE!

Check out our 2020 Swarm List for a list of experienced beekeepers who can help safely remove a swarm from your property. We have added COVID-19 protocols to protect beekeepers and property owners alike. 

https://abqbeeks.org/page/swarm-call-list

Note to new members: You will be added to the list, if desired, after you join and pay for membership.  

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