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Let’s work to preserve honeybee population

Believe it or not, the long-awaited warmer days of spring are right around the corner. Along with the warm weather comes the return of honeybees. They forage our surrounding world, visiting each flower that bursts through the soil. Without these fuzzy, flying pollinators, we would have to live without many fruits and vegetables – apples, pears, peaches, cherries, etc.

Bees are responsible for one-third of the average human’s diet. Honeybees are rather docile insects, unlike their non-pollinating cousins, yellow jackets. It is rare for a honeybee to sting a human as long as it is away from its hive and it is not physically acted upon. Albert Einstein once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”

Honeybee population is on a rapid decline due to colony collapse disorder. This requires us to take action. Grab your shovels and trowels and plant bee-friendly flowers this spring. If you really want to contribute, don your veil and bee suit and start beekeeping; it’s not as hard as you think.

Jesse Napierala

Elma