Local beekeeper rescues bees for free, starts nonprofit

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SAN DIEGO -- A local beekeeper has collected more than 100,000 bees in recent weeks, saving them from extermination.

"There’s really no swarming involved with the bees, they’re not angry and that way it’s half of a colony saved from being poisoned," said Jesse Adcock, owner at JR Bees.

Adcock saves and relocates unwanted swarms from all over the county for free.

"The most calls I've received are from the coastal areas. Ocean Beach, Point Loma, one was near Lake Miramar," said Adcock.

The beekeeper says bee colonies have been dying at such alarming rate throughout the nation, so he's hoping to make a small impact starting in San Diego.

"The commercial bee industry is involved in a lot of farms that have really gnarly pesticides and insecticides that are causing problems with those colonies," said Adcock.

Local bee farmers say the impact of the insect's decline can be felt all over.

"It doesn’t straight out just kill the bees it just makes it so they can’t find their way back home and a bee without a home is a dead bee," said Joseph Farmer of Farmer's Honey. "We need them for our avocados, for our strawberries, and (for the ladies) we need them for our chocolates and our coffee."

Adcock says he is looking to start a breed and release program to try and restore the wild bee habitat.

He is also hoping to begin a nonprofit that would work with special-needs children assembling bee hives, teaching kids to use their cognitive skills and educating them on the importance of the insect.

To fund the operation in the short term, Adcock has created a GoFundMe page.

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