I became involved with helping the honeybees of Washington, DC, early last year when my daughters school, Janney Elementary, contacted me to help them move an aggressive bee hive to a local Monastery, so the monks could separate the bees and the queen and calm them down and create new hives. It was a great experience working with several science teachers and community bee activists. I learned a lot that day, and was glad to help. Fast forward a full year and half, and I was contacted again to help this time with a bee hive that had taken up inside the addition of a house in NW DC. This colony had approximately 80-100k bees, and boy was it impressive. I suited up and assisted in smoking the bees(this calms them down), putting the honey combs into temporary hives and transporting the entire hive, bees and honey comb to the school, creating a 2nd bee hive for the school. This experienced showed me what fun it can be to help the neighborhood, the school and learn the importance and tight relationship of bees and what we eat. I am now a regular participator with the local DC Beekeeper Alliance, www.dcbeekeepers.org.
Our Honeybees are dying and there is no slowing down of this, unless we do something about it. Read this article from US News & world Report.