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How you can help the bees ahead of a dry summer

Meg Hilling
April 21, 2018 04:30 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Like humans, bees need to prepare for the dry summer ahead in New Mexico.

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And they could use some help.

The world's bees are in big trouble, experts say, so a little help can go a long way. Researchers say honeybee colonies are disappearing at an alarming rate. Between 2016 and 2017 researchers say our country lost more than 30 percent of its bee colonies.

With the weather expected to be hard on plants, KOB met with some students and a beekeeper to find out what steps we can take to care for our buzzing neighbors.

For starters, you can invest in pollinator-friendly plants like fruits trees, and avoid using pesticides at all costs. You can also check out the Wild Friends Pollinator-Friendly Plant Guide.

Written and designed by New Mexico students, the guide delves into all the different pollinators you can find in the state and what plants can attract them.

"Like Albert Einstein said, if we don't have them, if they were to go extinct, we'd only live four more years," said R.J. Dalley, one of the students who contributed to the guide. "We need them. They are super important in our everyday lives."

Beekeepers will also be keeping a close eye on their hives.

"One of the big things you hit on is the availability of forge or different flower types for the bees to feed on," beekeeper Brad Scoggins said. "That is going to be a concern. We are going to have to watch really close as beekeepers to make sure the bees have enough food."

 

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