More cases of bee colonies collapses have been registered in 2017. The bee keepers could be the bees’ best friends, as they are the people that try their best to keep the bee population alive. As the winter days bring with them very low temperatures, the bees are endangered. One bee keeper called Doug Pennies said that he often finds bees paralyzed by cold and he helps them stay alive.
Penning has 20 colonies of bees and inside his house, he even has a bee lab. When he finds the bees that are more dead than alive, he warms the bees in his hands and then he takes the inside until they start to regain their strength. Even though his lab is full with jars with honey, he claimed that he wasn’t being a beekeeper for the honey only, but for the bees as well. He said that he loves bees and he doesn’t get upset when the bees don’t make honey.
Penning is the president of the Cowlitz Beekeepers Association and this position and the beekeeper occupation occupy all his time, as he has retired. When people find buzzing swarms on their properties, Penning goes and collects them. He said that the bee population is endangered by many factors. One of the main factors is the colony collapse disorder. This is the name of the phenomenon that describes the disappearance of an entire colony of bees and the cause of it continues to remain a mystery. As the factor that influences this strange phenomenon is not known, finding a solution is almost impossible. Penning is worried about it, but he is optimistic and hopes that the population of the honeybees will survive.
Another issue faced by the bee population is the use of pesticides. The pesticides, especially the neonicotinoids have been used since 1970. Penning said that the period also marked the collapsing of the bee colonies. Because of the pesticides that go to the bees’ brains, the bees get disoriented and can’t find the way back home. Urbanization is also contributing to the decrease of the bee population. The bees need at least one acre that is filled with flowers in order to get the pollen and the nectar they need. Other factors that contribute to the collapsing of colonies are the diseases and the climate changes.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more cases of bee colonies collapses have been registered in 2017 (42%).The number is concerning, since it has increased with 31% in the recent years.
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