We have lost many, well nearly all our Ash trees to the Emerald Ash Bore. I heat our home 100% with fire wood so I have been for many years cutting up dead trees for this. I leave them standing till I need them but some will blow down in the wind and with a dead root system several have fallen roots and all. So I have one that has came down but landed into a near by maple tree. October came and I start working on it to get it to come down and when it did I start cutting it up. All a sudden I have stuff coming off the end of the chain saw bar, when that block of wood fell off There is honey bees and comb. I know nothing about them and go to the house and tell Kare about them. She had seen a PBS show about the plight of the honey bee a year or so ago so wanted to save them. We drive into the county extension office and they didn't know any thing either, We then went to the local USDA office who knew just what we did NOTHING. They did how ever have a list of bee keepers who collected swarms. I call the first number and got is this a joke he has been dead for 5 years, second one only keep bees to pollinate his grapes and make candles to sell did I want to sell some wax. Next one said they didn't keep bees any longer and said since it was fall and cold to forget it they were probably dead by now any way having fell to the ground.
The inter net is a new thing we our selves had only had our computer about a year so we could e mail our college kids. I had been told you could find things on the internet so got to work searching for ways to save the honey bees.
On the internet I found the Western Michigan Bee Keepers with several officers E mail addresses sent off emails asking for help and got one replay from one who said he didn't know what I could do but was forward my e mail to another guy who might know as he was a big commercial keeper.
Soon I got an e mail back and he said to stand the log up to start with and cap off any open end but also drill a 3/4 inch hole in the log so the bees had a Entrance. Told me he was taking his bees to Florida for the citrus pollination and over winter them.
So that was phase one and I some how managed to loose his e mail address.