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Understanding Bees and What They Do for Our Ecosystem

May 24, 2019 07:23 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- In case you missed it, Monday was "World Bee Day."

And while experts still have questions about the loss of many of the world's bees, there are some reasons to celebrate.

"The bee is a real worker, and when the bee population starts to dwindle or drop, it's a big concern for us" Randy Berg said.

They're one of the marvels of the natural world, and this is their season to shine.

"The bee is a fantastic pollinator," the Hormel Nature Center's Andie Harveaux said. "It goes around to lots of different flowers, helps spread pollen  and gets those flowers pollinated so they can produce seeds."

But in 2006, the nation's been population dropped sharply.

"There are multiple factors ... weather being one ... one can be chemicals," Randy Berg at Berg's Nursery in Austin told us. "And then they've got some natural problems that are going on. There are some viruses that have been bothering bees. We also know the habitat for bees has been reduced in recent years. And all of these things combined are putting downward pressure on population."

"It's really important to have those bees, especially for our food production plants that are blooming at this time," the Nature Center's Andie Harveaux added.

But things are looking up. Three years ago, Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order to limit the use of nicotine-based pesticides. And now, a new study puts Minnesota as one of the leading states when it comes to bee health, and Austin has been named one of about 40 pollinator-friendly communities in Minnesota.

"As an individual you can plant some habitat. maybe leave an area unmowed," Randy Berg said.

"So it's really important to have things like those dandelions that produce that early food source for pollinators in general," Andie Harveaux added.

"If we just take our little piece of the world and do what we can do with it" Randy Berg said, "We're going to be way ahead ... and the bees will be, too."

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