Most people run when they see a bee but next time you may want to give them a bit more respect. Bees pollinate about one-third of our food supply and their numbers are dropping. Dustin Scholl is with the Nebraska Beekeepers Association and owner of K & D’s Honey Bees near Seward and he says there are several reasons why there are fewer bees.
Scholl says they are seeing a 30% to 40% drop in honeybee numbers due to winter and summer die-off. He says there is also a decrease in native bee, bumble, sweat and carpenter bee numbers.
Statistics show that about 50% of native Midwestern bees have disappeared in the last 100 years and that honeybee colonies are down 50% compared to 60 years ago. The main causes are lack of wildflowers, pesticide use and a mite that is attacking honeybees.
Scholl says we can all do our part to help the bee population by planting more native wildflowers and by keeping some clover in your yard and lawn.
You can find out more on how you can help save the bees this Sunday at the Seward Civic Center. The Nebraska Beekeepers’ Association will hold their second annual 2015 Bee Fun Day from 8:30 to 5 pm.