Sometime around mid morning on Good Friday while gazing out the window, we noticed what looked like a big brown shoe high up in one of our trees. Upon closer examination, we realized a swarm of bees had taken up residence in our yard, hanging in a large cluster about 15 feet up in a cherry laurel. Eeeek! So I called Brandon Pollard, noted urban bee-wrangler with the Texas Honeybee Guild and the beekeeper of scores of hives including those at Trinity River Audubon Center. You might remember Brandon’s name from his personal war against the mosquito spraying in Dallas for the West Nile Virus. The spraying cost thousands of bees their lives as the chemicals got into the hives, seeping through their screen-bottomed boards. Brandon and his wife, Susan, are devout bee lovers and have made preserving what they call “fragile natural resources” their way of life. Continue reading →
Our very good friends Susan and Brandon Pollard are being honored with a special fundraising dinner that will benefit the Texas Honeybee Guild. The buzzing event is this Sunday from 4 to 7pm at the Casa Stellina on Main Street. Cheffing for the event are the usual cast of cool players that are always in line to help with such ventures, namely Graham Dodds, Matt McCallister, Tim Bevins, and John Mercer. There will also be a screening of “More than Honey” a film by Marcus Imhoof.
You know the Pollards for their never ending efforts to save the honeybees locally from threats both natural and unnatural alike. The Pollards use their own funds to educate school children on the lives and importance of the bees. You may often find Brandon suited up in his full-on bee regalia at the Dallas Farmers Market and other locations when not working with his many hives across North Texas.