Bee keeper Robert Whenham vacuums bees to remove them from a downed tree along the road near at 500 SW Third Street Sept. 19. A 100-year-old buckeye fell overnight, said Jeff Brown, a businessman in the strip center. The bees’ honeycomb was discovered by workers sawing up the tree, which had been on a Missouri registry of trees for its longvity, Brown said. Whenham will take the bees to his hives at Centerplace Farm between Lee’s Summit and Lone Jack. He said he provides a free bee removal service because the wild population has plummeted since 2007 and he’s helping to conserve bees.