5/23/2011 12:54 PM
We occasionally see some unusual aircraft at Portland International Airport, but this group of aviators might be the most surprising yet. A swarm of bees was discovered this past weekend on a taxiway sign at PDX, and aircraft operations supervisor Kelly Dougan knew just who to call.
The Port work force includes more than a few enthusiastic beekeepers, who have backyard hives and plenty of know-how when faced with a few thousand pollinators. Kelly was able to reach Tim Wessels, who retired from the Port last spring, for assistance. Tim estimated the swarm included 7,000-8,000 bees. He was able to gather the bees up and relocate them to Zenger Farm in southeast Portland.
Great response from the team, and excellent news that the bees have found a new home.