West Seattle storm: Lincoln Park downed trees/bees -& coyote

Two intrepid West Seattle photographers are sharing scenes from Lincoln Park and vicinity – above, John Gallone suggests captioning that photo he took near the park around noon today “Coyote enjoying his snow day.” Earlier in the morning, Trileigh was out in the park:

Trileigh explains:

There are several very large trees downed in Lincoln Park, a couple across the bluff
path. First, there are probably some safety issues in that downed trees can bend both their own wood and that of other trees/branches that they knock down, and that bent wood can be under a lot of stress. If you happen to release that stress, the tree or branch can suddenly pop up with a lot of force-so kids and parents (and the rest of us) should be cautious about exploring those downed trees.

She continues:

But also, on a sad note – one of the huge trees that came down was the one that had a wild beehive in it, and this morning we saw that some of the bees are still alive, though probably not for long in this cold. We tried to cover them up so that they could huddle and stay warm. There are so few wild hives left that we were really sorry to see this one knocked apart by the storm.

18 Replies to "West Seattle storm: Lincoln Park downed trees/bees -& coyote"

  • Lura November 23, 2010 (3:02 pm)

    Somebody could contact a beekeeper who could come and collect the hive, help it re-establish somewhere else. For example http://www.ebeehoney.com/zWA.html

    I’m not going to call, because I wouldn’t know where in the park the fallen hive is.

  • JB November 23, 2010 (4:19 pm)

    I just called 3 area bee keepers who might be able to rescue the hive. One is iced in and also doesn’t have space. I left messages for the other two. Let’s cross our fingers that this hive gets rescues. Feral honey bees are pretty rare and pretty important these days.

  • The Velvet Bulldog November 23, 2010 (4:20 pm)

    Just returned from a Lincoln Park walk and was going to report all these things! I do have a follow-up to the bees: met a gentleman who was formerly a beekeeper. He gathered up the live bees and is currently keeping them warm in the guest room. He’ll be placing them in one of his leftover hives when it warms up.

  • JB November 23, 2010 (4:30 pm)

    @The Velvet Bulldog. That’s great news! I just got word back from the people I contacted and none of them were available to rescue the colony.

  • lina rose November 23, 2010 (5:01 pm)

    yay wild bees! thanks for posting and everyone who is helping out!

    that coyote pic is gorgeous too!

  • Rob November 23, 2010 (5:42 pm)

    I’m that “gentleman” ( though I might quibble with the designation :) ) and the bees are in the guest room and are active and feeding off the sugar water I’ve put in there with the remnant comb. They were severely traumatized, but they seem to have their queen, some honey in the comb, and some pollen and larvae too. I don’t know that they’ll make it, but if they hang in there, I’ll give them a good home. Thanks for all the interest!

  • miws November 23, 2010 (6:03 pm)

    Rob, if you are providing top notch accommodations there, it’ll probably end end up beeing being the latest buzz around town! :lol:


    (Sorry, everyone!)



  • Linda November 23, 2010 (6:55 pm)

    don’t you love living in West Seattle – great stories and fabulous people. Thanks Rob for being a great neighbor to all.

  • golden November 23, 2010 (7:15 pm)

    Loving the Buzz!

  • krista November 23, 2010 (7:19 pm)

    glad to hear someone rescued the bees and they are warming up in luxury.
    For awareness: the puget sound beekeepers association has a swarm list which could be leveraged for such purposes as this, or actual swarms during the summer. You can see it at:
    Good thing to keep handy.
    Anyway, I’m glad these bees are safe and have a chance at making it. Many thanks to “the gentleman” rob

  • Amanda November 23, 2010 (9:51 pm)

    Yes Linda, I do! You guys are awesome. Just happens upon a guy who was a beekeeper and could take them home… only in West Seattle.

  • emcat November 23, 2010 (10:11 pm)

    Rob, you are a gem. That was a really wonderful thing to do.

  • hbone November 23, 2010 (10:23 pm)

    Wonder if a beekeeper can help. I will email my friend david f…

  • Judy P November 24, 2010 (10:53 am)

    Thank you for helping me realize I am not crazy! I saw the coyote loping down 38th street at 1am on Monday night…I thought I was seeing things! Wonder where he went?

  • Rob November 24, 2010 (1:40 pm)

    Bee update: They’re humming away busily at work on what’s left of their combs, enjoying the warmth, and have found the sugar water. I don’t know if there is critical mass or enough stores for them to survive, but if they make it, they will be quite a miracle hive. I mean it was astonishing that they survived the cold yesterday for the hours that they were out there! (I do keep bees, btw, but none in town, and certainly this is my first hive in a bedroom!)

  • docmenke November 24, 2010 (3:52 pm)

    Thank you for helping the wild bees kind sir!

  • Suzanne November 24, 2010 (10:36 pm)

    Rob, if you need pollen, I have about 8 oz. from Sweet As Can Bee Honey Farm, that I’d be happy to offer these bees.

  • brizone November 25, 2010 (9:53 am)

    Wow, great news. I’m one of the three folks JB called, and am out of town at the moment. I was sad to hear about what happened, and figured that by the time JB got ahold of Brad the girls would have already perished.

    @Rob: Frankly I’m stunned they were still alive when you happened upon them. I have an extra nuc and some deep frames I could lend you if you need them. Some with ungrooved bottom bars that could be used to hold/reconstruct the comb. Just message me here, I’ll check in when I’m back next week.

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