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« on: May 12, 2012, 10:44:51 PM »

Last Thursday, I received a call from the local news station about a swarm. I had just walked in my front door having come home from work.    I was feeling lousy having been sick for the last 3 days and I was planning to go straight to bed. As soon as I opened the door my son says that channel 4 is on the phone and was looking for someone to interview about a swarm on the Chamber of Commerce building down town. She even sent me a picture of it. I told her I was sick but I would call my buddy, Jim to go. I called Jim, but he did not want to do it alone. It was 40' up on the side of the building. It was however right next to a stair landing. I called the news woman back and told her we were loading up the truck and would head down town.

Here is the video clip that viewed that night on the news.
http://www.news4jax.com/news/Bees-swarm-on-downtown-building/-/475880/13068722/-/c521ihz/-/index.html

I was out at the farm last night and most of the day today, out of cell reach. As we drove into town I got an IM from my brother in the Levittown PA asking me if I got a swarm from a Jacksonville building. He saw it on the news up there but they only used parts of it and they only showed the back of me, no names and he thought it was me. I sent him this clip. Now that was cool. Most of my family is located near him and they showed it there.

After coaching several times, I finally got the news caster, Kent to climb the stairs to look at the bees. He got within 10' and then left. The camera man was right there on the staircase the whole time. If you notice, Kent was on the staircase after the bees were long gone , and after dark. We were done by 6:30. He is scared of bees but he was a good sport about it.  Smiley
Getting that swarm really got me pumped up. By the time we did the interview, I was feeling pretty good.
Jim
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 11:20:13 PM »

weren't you guys afraid of getting stung!?!  grin  you should have told them to refer to you as beemasters.. lol
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 11:33:22 PM »

Great news spot. I enjoyed watching it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2012, 12:01:09 AM »

weren't you guys afraid of getting stung!?!  grin  you should have told them to refer to you as beemasters.. lol
Duck,
I did try to get them to mention our bee club. as you can see they didn't.   Sad

Ron,
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2012, 12:32:53 AM »

Great job Jim and Jim!  Pretty nice looking swarm.  Did you catch the queen with the queen catcher before vacuuming up the bees?

LOL, it must have been a slow news day. 

A “rare site”?  “This sight absolutely shocked people nearby”.  “Giant clump of mudd”.   

Don Henley would love it!

I don’t have a bee vacuum so I end up brushing swarms into a bucket or a hive and that results in a lot of bees in the air.  Your odds of getting stung go up in that case as you may inadvertently squeeze a bee.  I do wear a head net, but otherwise usually skip the gear for swarms.  I did get stung once this spring catching 14 swarms.  I got it in the cheek of all places. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2012, 12:41:35 AM »

Great job! How convenient that you were able to use the staircase right? I don't particularly like shaking a swarm off a 40' ladder.  Wink

Nice sized swarm too!


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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2012, 07:23:43 AM »

Great job, glad to see they didn't try to put a scary spin on it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 07:52:34 AM »

Well done story.   
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 09:31:20 AM »

Great play on the whole story, from his "unnatural fear of bees" to how many people were interested, great.
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 09:46:37 AM »

Thanks all. As usual they, spent a lot more time on video taping the bees and the interviews than they used. They did do a longer story than most news stores on the TV.   We had fun doing it.
Jim and Jim
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2012, 11:49:43 AM »

Great job Jim and Jim ! Which Jim are you? Larry
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2012, 09:41:30 AM »

Great Job!  So often bee reporting get sensationalistic.  This report didn't and Jim and Jim did a great job quickly explaining what was going on and handling it very professionally.  Folks may be more apt to call a beekeeper instead of spraying when a swarm shows up near them because of this.
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2012, 11:39:27 AM »

Thanks D.
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2012, 12:28:53 PM »

Great job! Very nice that it was told on the news with a positive outcome.
Nice size swarm as well.
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2012, 08:31:57 PM »

Enjoyed the video clip.  Sounds like a swarm was just the medicine you needed.   Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2012, 09:53:54 PM »

Enjoyed the video clip.  Sounds like a swarm was just the medicine you needed.   Smiley

Once we got on site, I did feel a whole lot better, for the rest of the night as a matter of fact. The next day it all came back and I' still fighting it. Must have been the adrenalin rush.  Thanks.
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2012, 10:34:25 PM »

Fantastic!
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