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  1. 2 hours ago, Kevin said:

    Didn't buy a queen, we got these out of an old barrel in a field, it was very educational, even though they did not stay around.

    We would like to get wild bees, that are local. If they are already surviving in the wild, with no help, and used to the climate and such, they most likely are not going to need antibiotics, and a lot of help to make it.

    There are several bee breeders here in Texas. B Weaver and R Weaver are 2 up in Navasota. They have bred their bees over several generations to thrive here in Texas. If you are capturing a whole wild hive and have made sure the queen is in the capture the only way to ensure she doesn't choose to fly away with her entire harem is to clip her wings. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Kevin said:

    We went and got a wild hive out of a barrel, a few weeks ago, got them put in the brood box, gave them some of their comb, that had both honey and some brood in it. A couple days later took off the queen excluder, 10 days later they all left. As a result, we still don't have bees. 

    Did you buy your queen clipped? You can buy them so their wings are clipped and they can not fly away. Similar to a birds flight feathers being clipped. 

  3. I saw this great job opportunity posting on Gulf Coast Bird Observatory facebook account. Please go to facebook to read whole post and there is an Apply Now link. They are my local Bird Observatory doing great work!

    12 hrs  · 
    Hello all, we have a temp contracted job opening immediately for a Texas Endangered Species Monitor position (Bolivar Peninsula, TX)
    Project: Bolivar Peninsula Endangered Species Monitoring, approximately February 14 – May 20, 2022 (sooner start if possible, and may extend longer)
    Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Field housing provided. This is an independent consulting position. It does not include benefits; a 1099 will be issued for salary earned and contractor is required to submit regular mileage reports.
    Hours: Monday through Saturday with some Sundays depending on contractor schedule.
    Job Description: Duties include pre-work and hourly surveys for endangered species (Piping Plover, Red Knots, sea turtles) within construction buffer zone, notifying construction crew members when work stoppage is required due to endangered species presence, answering construction crew questions concerning endangered species, and required reporting for endangered species presence. Endangered species monitor is required to be present during all construction activities. Note that when construction is delayed on weekdays due to weather or other circumstances, weekend work will be required if contractor desires to work on the weekend to make up the time.
    Qualifications: The applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Wildlife Sciences, or a related discipline, be experienced in avian monitoring and conservation. Previous experience with endangered species monitoring is a plus. Must be able to identify Piping Plover and Red Knot as well as endangered sea turtles. Band resighting experience is a plus. Successful applicant will attend training for endangered species monitoring which includes turtle sign training.
    Applicant must be comfortable communicating and working with recreational beach users, volunteers, community members, staff of multiple partner organizations, and contractors. A significant portion of time will be spent viewing birds through binoculars and high-powered scopes, and standing and walking outside in beach habitat in hot or cold, sunny conditions. Weather conditions vary and may include cold, strong winds, rain and storms, extreme heat, and high humidity – biting insects may be prevalent throughout the season. Field housing is provided and no pets are accepted. Candidate must be able to physically and mentally work in these conditions.
    Basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills are required. Report writing skills are desirable. Valid driver's license required. Personal vehicle required for transportation to and from housing and work site. Mileage reimbursement at current government rate in cents per mile.
    Application Instructions: Send cover letter, resume, 3 references to: Susan Heath at [Email hidden]. Deadline is Friday, February 4, 2022
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