We are the American Honey Bee Protection Agency! We're here to talk about bees and bee conservation! AMA!
Hello reddit! We are the American Honey Bee Protection Agency. We’re a Texas based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We specialize in bee conservation through no-kill bee removal and relocation, as well as bee education to the public. Bees play a vital role as pollinators in the environment and we’re here to raise awareness about bees and bee conservation!
What we do is if someone has a wild beehive on their property they want gone (Bee it in a tree, under flooring, in a wall, etc.) we send out one of our bee wranglers. Our wrangler removes the hive rather than having the property owner kill the hive. We then take the hive back to one of our three bees farms, one in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. There we maintain the hives and eventually adopt them to folks who want to keep bees on their property. We then either maintain the hive for the property owner or we give them all the equipment and education they need to maintain the hive themselves. Either way bees are re-introduced to an area and they can pollinate the local ecosystem. Additionally, having honey bees on their property often gives the property owner an agricultural tax exemption that can save them thousands in property taxes, making it a win-win for both the bees and property owner. Also they get LOTS of delicious honey!
We’ve been working for a little over ten years rescuing as many bees as we can. We also work with schools ranging from elementary to high school to educate students about the important role bees play as pollinators in our ecosystem. Additionally we work with local and state government to advocate for bee-friendly policies. We worked with the 2015 Texas legislative session to have western honey bees declared the official state pollinator. Similarly, in 2011 we convinced the City of Austin to change its primary bee policy from extermination of the hive to removal and relocation.
We are self funded through bee products we produce and the bee services we provide. We harvest honey from our rescued bees and sell it through our sister company, Epic Honey, with most all proceeds going back to fund AHBPA. Additionally we ask for donations for our bee removal (Though we do do pro bono removals for those who can’t afford it) and hive adoption.
So ask us anything about bees and bee conservation! We’re going to be answering questions from 11am CST Wednesday to 11am CST Thursday. I, Arlen the reddit proficient intern, will relay questions to our various staff member and then paste their un-edited responses. We’re going to try to answer every question but do be patient.
Here’s our proof: http://imgur.com/a/MqSsQ
Additionally proof: https://www.facebook.com/AHBPA1/posts/1278240558863834
You can also check our website to learn more about bee conservation and the work we do: http://honeybeekind.com/
EDIT: One interesting thing I'd like to add. By pure chance a Harvard researcher who studies hive collapse did a science AMA a few days ago . His work pointed to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids as large contributing factor to bee population decline. The mostly widely used of the group is a pesticide called imidacloprid. One very good thing for bees you can do is to make sure any pesticides that you or those around you use aren't imidacloprid and aren't in the neonicotinoids group.
EDIT 2: Alright folks, we're gonna wrap up here. Glad to hear all your questions. If you ever want to contact us or ask us more about bees you can do so through our facebook or [email protected] Thanks and Bee Well!