Over the weekend the bees were safely removed and off to their new location!
Keep Brownwood Beautiful is very thankful to everyone that pulled together on GoFundMe and with other donations to help these bees on their way.
The process was interesting to watch (from a safe distance) and learn about. The beekeeper, Neal Nielson of JN Honey, has relocated the bees to an area separated/segregated from his other bees to be monitored for a full year in regard to their health and temperament. If the bees are aggressive their queen will be replaced to hopefully calm the colony. She may be replaced up to four times within that period. These bees were located deep within stacks of what appeared to be framed wall sections and years of trumpet vine overgrowth. Neil removed 10 hives as heavy equipment was needed to access them.
We found Neal on a list from Texas A&M Extension, listed under Brown County.
Neal Nielson leases bees out for crop pollination and harvests beeswax and honey for sale. JN Honey is local honey and can be purchased at either of Honey Bee Natural Foods locations.