Per a preliminary analysis, bee decline continues to be a major concern in the U.S., and Minnesota is no exception coming in at an estimated loss of 51.2% from 2014–2015. The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing preliminary results for the ninth annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. . . . About two-thirds of the respondents (67.2%) experienced winter colony loss rates greater than the average self-reported acceptable winter mortality rate of 18.7%.
So what can you do?
1. Plant for bees!
• Plant for bees: cfans_article_451478
2. Learn more about bees
• Learn about bees with others at the U of M Bee Lab
• Learn about bees from home courtesy of U of M Bee Lab
• Learn about bees with Minnesota Hobby Beekeeping Association
• Learn about bees from home courtesy of the USDA, MN Chapter
• Check your community Parks & Rec, co-ops, and other resources for pollinator or bee classes, like this one:
Mississippi Market Co-op West 7th Location More Than Honey Bees! Class
4. Share your bee knowledge and stories with others
• Get social! Join a colony and be social with other bee fans!