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Honey Bee Swarm* Capture / Pollination Contact List
 
Name
Phone Email Swarm Retrieval Area
 Gary Ehrenfeld  360-632-5838  gary@ehrenfelds.net Oak Harbor (20 miles radius)
 Bill Markus  360-661-0452  billm@skagitfarmers.com Skagit County
 Lisa Phillips  360-632-1979  lisa@roundtuitfarms.com Whidbey Island / Anacortes
 Alerd Johnson  360-293-7953  alerdjohnson@hotmail.com Anacortes / Skagit County
 Brad Raspet  360-708-9424  brad.raspet@gmail.com Mount Vernon (20 Mile Radius)
Ed Markus 360-421-4296 ejmarkus@fidalgo.net Concrete and East along Hwy 20
Diederik Bron 360-840-8834 diederikbron@gmail.com Sedro-Woolley, Burlington, Mt. Vernon
Anita Anderson-Johnson 360-679-1591 anita@islandbrokersrealty.com North Whidbey Island
Mike Baldauf  360-675-3432 lafootmike@netscape.net Oak Harbor & Anacortes area
Sarah Wagstaff 435-760-4843 sarah.beannie@gmail.com Burlington, Sedro, MV & Bow
Rob Johnson 360-770-6170 rsjohnson2u@yahoo.com Anacortes-Fidalgo Island, Burlington
 Trevor Nipges  360-815-2335  trevor.nipges@shell.com  Mount Vernon (20 Mile Radius)
 Bryan Sundholm  360-540-9266  bryansundholm@hotmail.com  Burlington, MV, Sedro, Acme & County
 
* Swarm behavior is a natural means of reproduction for honey bees - swarms looking for a new home are usually fairly gentle since they have no hive (brood or honey) to protect. Swarms occur more often in the spring and early summer. Prior to swarming, the bees will gorge on honey to fuel their flight; then the queen and about half of the bees in the hive will take off in search of a new home. They may take up temporary residence on something nearby - a bush, a tree branch, a fence, etc. The swarm will stay put for a short period of time while the scout bees search for a new home. Swarms may find it difficult to find a new home, but Skagit Valley Beekeepers are always more than happy to capture honey bee swarms and provide homes for them. :^)