In the 2010 season, A.B.C recieved dozens of calls about found or dug up bumblebee nests from members of the Calgary community. These community members had heard of the challenges facing honeybees across the globe and were concerned about the hurt or nuiscence bee colonies. As a honeybee keeper, I wasnt sure what to do about the calls. But as I learned more about the silent plight of the bumblebee: destroyed habitats, decreasing numbers, the challenges with pesticides and fertillizers in the city, and lack of information on their populations, I decided to take action. 2011 is the Year of the Bumblebee as far as A.B.C is concerned. A.B.C is piloting the Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program with the support of Bumblebee expert Dr. Robert Owen of Mount Royal University. A.B.C hopes to save potentially destroyed bumblebee communities by offering free removal and relocation from May to August. A.B.C will be developing a study on the species and locations on bumblebees from around the city. A.B.C is looking for volunteers to help us relocate the bumblebees to new happy and loving yards, and also for families eager to take the displaced bees in to their familial ecosystems! The bumblebees wont have to be relocated to be apart of the small study. If you have some bumblebee nests in your yard, and you would like to help our study, please contact A.B.C at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title line “bumblebees”.
As of 2015, the program still runs, but separately from Mount Royal University. We are offering Bumble Bee education and removal services. If you are interested in participating with our new program, please go to our home website and fill out this form: www.backyardbees.ca/nativebees/bumblebees