Archive for June, 2009

What’s the buzz about bees?

Published on June 16, 2009

By David L. Sperling, Wisconsin Natural Resources

Simple steps can bolster native bees and hedge our bets against honey bee declines.

A sustained drop in honey bee populations nationwide has farmers and orchardists making backup plans to ensure their crops are adequately pollinated. Buried among the stories about colony collapse disorder and potential causes of bee die-offs — like stress, pesticides, pathogens and parasites — is some familiar advice. Just as a key to staving off invasive species is maintaining biological diversity, so too a key to keeping crops fruitful and flowers blooming is building up native bee populations.