I’m Arvin Pierce and welcome to my campaign! With your support we can truly Save More Bees!
You've read the articles and seen the news. The reports just keep coming in on how the bees are dying off. It's hard to figure out what you can do. Well, now you can truly help Save More Bees by donating directly to my campaign.
I've been a beekeeper for over 11 years. As a beekeeper, one of my main jobs is to rescue colonies or swarms of bees that have taken up residence in buildings, homes, trees etc. Often, people used to just spray the colony with insecticide and kill them, but with all the awareness about bee populations dying off, people have started to call me to Save More Bees. I get a lot of calls to collect colonies from barns, houses, churches and even trees. I place these colonies into a hive (woodenware) and relocate them to a farm, yard, etc. so they can continue pollinating our crops and flowers.
Unfortunately, I have run out of hives and I need many more.
I am asking for your support, so I can continue to Save More Bees. Let's remember that although this is my campaign, it is not about me...it is about the bees.
11 years ago, my wife Colleen and I figured we’d “just get a couple of hives” to provide our own honey. By the end of that first year we had 6 hives, and that number just kept increasing. As I began to learn more about honeybees, I became totally fascinated. My love of bees has grown and now I take care of numerous bee yards around Central Illinois with at least 70 hives.
After a few years of keeping bees, I started to get calls from folks who had bee colonies in their buildings or trees and wanted them removed. I’ve been known to drive over 100 miles to remove bees from people’s property. The folks who call me have also seen the reports about the declining bee populations and they want to Save More Bees as well. It seems that the more colonies I save, the more folks find out about what I do. Often in the middle of doing one job, I receive calls about other colonies needing to be saved. The year isn’t even close to being over yet!
To date, I have 2 pest control companies that will call me instead of destroying honeybee colonies. I also have 2 tree trimmers who will contact me when they find a tree with bees. This doesn’t include the numerous swarms of bees I personally get called to retrieve. After these colonies are saved, I need to keep them in my apiary until they become established in a hive (woodenware). Then, the hive needs to be moved to a yard or farm where the benefits of these wonderful, fascinating pollinators can be appreciated and utilized.
What I Need
A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to purchase some used hives. Well, now those hives are completely used up. Things have become so bad that I’ve begun to piece together hives with scraps of wood or parts of old ones. I really need new hives (woodenware) and that includes the top covers, bottom boards, hive bodies, and frames. It doesn't stop there. I need so much more than just the hives themselves. I also have the cost of the maintenance of my equipment which includes; my bee vac, saws, scaffold, ladder, and numerous hand tools. I also have the miles traveled to the jobs and the miles moving the hives, which creates cost for fuel and maintenance of my vehicle. This ALL adds up.
Here is the breakdown. I need 30 hives right now. On average, the hive and the equipment used (per rescue) runs $250. I've captured and removed a total of 22 colonies of bees so far this spring and early summer. These colonies are being kept in my yard in old, single-box hives and nucs (a nuc is half a box), with 3 of these colonies still in logs and one still in an old porch post. At this point in time there are 8 more bee colonies on my list to save. These bees will all need to be put in full-size hives to be relocated and become beneficial colonies. With all the calls coming in, these rescues just don’t end. They keep coming and coming and we need to Save More Bees. They are simply too important to lose.
So it looks like this:
Right now, I need...
30 hives @ $250 each = $7500
That's 30 colonies that we saved from extermination and placed on farms or in yards. But remember, the more you give the more bees I can save.
What You Get
I need your support to be able to continue to Save More Bees. In exchange for your donations I am offering many different exciting rewards!
• Of course, everyone gets a big thank you on my website. http://www.acbees.org
• I am also offering a two-sided professionally printed postcard that I photographed myself. See the Gallery Page on this site.
• At most levels, I will send you seed packets of 4 of the top nectar-producing flowers: Lemon Balm, Echium, Phacelia Tansy and Borage. Then you can help the bees without having to have a hive. (That was a mouthful!)
• How about some honey from my hives? It is always chemical-free, as I only run treatment-free hives. My honey is also processed without heat and I just "filter out the big chunks". It is some of the purest, raw, natural honey you can get.
• I am also offering a couple fun T-shirts with custom designed bee characters on them. Thanks to Nino LoGrasso and Matthew Schultz for those. See the Gallery Page on this site.
• At a higher level you can Sponsor a Hive and I will name the colony after you. I'put Your name will be placed on a plaque on the side of the hive. Then I will send you photos of the hive and let you know where it is located.
• Finally, at the highest level you are a Supporter of Bees. I will bring you a hive (woodenware) with a queen and a colony to your land and teach you how to care for them. However, I can only offer this within 200 miles of Springfield, Illinois. Sorry for all of you in Australia!!
Bees are an integral part of our eco-system and much needed pollinators. We need to be saving as many bees as possible. With the increase in the number of hives that I save, I can continue to increase the awareness in treatment-free bees and promote healthy beekeeping practices, while increasing the availability of raw, natural honey. But the greatest reward you can get…is knowing that you and I are Saving More Bees.
Please pick a level you can afford and donate now. If you can't afford to donate money, that's ok too. Please help us by spreading the word; post this site on Facebook walls, Twitter and through other social media. Indiegogo has some easy and efficient social networking tools!!! Let's all spread the word!
For more information, photos, and videos about bees and bee removal, please go to my website:
Go to my Facebook page to check out photos of my most recent efforts to Save More Bees:
Disclaimer: Because I can't control the weather or acts of God, I have to add a disclaimer. If honey production is low this year due to circumstances beyond my control, I promise to send it out next year. Remember, Illinois had one of the worst droughts last year and there just wasn't enough honey to harvest. No worries though. This year has had plenty of rain so far and the hives are looking good. I just want to be upfront here. Thanks!