While many of us are a little scared of a bee’s stinger,
it’s important to keep in mind how wonderful bees can be. Unfortunately, the bee population is dying
out. America lost 36% of its bees since
2007. Colony Loss Disorder is causing these rapidly decreasing numbers. CLD occurs when most of the worker bees
disappear and don’t come back to their hive.
It is our responsibility to protect the bees and prevent
them from reaching extinction! You can
do this by planting flowering plants and veggies in your own garden, especially
daisies, willow trees, and many herbs. The truth is…there are a ton of benefits to keeping bees!
Did you know that bees pollinate flowers? When bees fly to a
flower to sip nectar, they get pollen on their abdomen. Bees then fly to other
flowers to snack on a different type of nectar and carry that pollen with them.
This process is called pollination and it’s the reason we have 1/3 of the food
we eat today!
The bees at Fern Hollow are very well cared for! Someone
comes to FHNC to check for health and parasites such as mites and other
diseases every two weeks. Occasionally, FHNC is visited by a state bee
inspector. If you or someone you know is
interested in keeping bees or if you simply want to learn more about the
process, give April Claus a buzz: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone:
412-741-7536. For general questions, see