by Sandra Evans

Bees are life givers. Without them we would not have the fruit, vegetables, and nuts that sustain us.

Because of this, the ongoing news of the declining bee population is truly alarming. “Beekeepers can tolerate up to 15% of losses over winter, [but] the U.S is massively above this threshold, having lost 28.1% of colonies over the 2015-16 winter” (The Conversation, Ten Years after the Crisis, what is happening to the World’s Bees?). According to NPR, “a record number of honeybee colonies died last winter” (More Bad Buzz for Bees). And the latest survey done by BeeInformedPartnership, U.S. beekeepers lost 40% of their honeybee colonies last winter. Since they started surveying 13 years ago, this is the highest loss. Less data exists for the wild bee population; however, “Between 2008 and 2013 wild bee diversity in U.S dropped by 23%” (The Conversation). And bumblebees that we used to see everywhere are now endangered. (The Conversation)

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Julien’s Journal, the Dubuque area lifestyle magazine, is a monthly regional feature magazine for and about Dubuque and the tri-state region.

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