Two Million Bees Pollinate Local Orchard

Two Million Bees Pollinate Local Orchard

Posted: Thu Jun 21 18:17:54 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu Jun 21 18:17:54 PDT 2018

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it's national pollinatorkate ho talent: "over the past couple of decades meyer orchard says they've seen a rapid decline in the wild bee population. to make up for it they bring in more has been in talent for 108 years. ron meyer remembers a time when he would walk through the orchard during spring and hear a buzz. ron meyer/owner of meyer orchard: "you could hear the bees in the air, the air was just buzzing with wild bees." over the years...that buzz went away. ron meyer/owner of meyer orchard: "the wild bee population almost disappeared." this is bad news for any farmer...but especially for meyer and his pear orchard. pear blossoms dont' produce nectar, only pollen, so bees aren't as attracted to them. ron meyer/owner of meyer orchard: "pollination is important, no pollination, no pears." ron tells me there are three main reasons for the decline in our local bee population. first is the bee mite. it goes into the bee's respiratory system and smothers them. second is the collapse of colonies. and third are toxins from pesticides. when ron brings in 135 hives to pollinate his 100 acres of pear blossoms...they make sure to completely remove the bees before they spray. ron meyer/owner of meyer orchard: "we do everything we can to protect the bee population, because they are important to us." kate houston/meyer orchard: "at six i'm going to show you how one local man is doing his part to help a multi-state project to track the pacific northwest bumble bringing awareness to the decline in
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