What’s the buzz about bees?
By David L. Sperling, Wisconsin Natural Resources June 2009
Simple steps can bolster native bees and hedge our bets against honey bee declines.
A sustained drop in honey bee populations nationwide has farmers and orchardists making backup plans to ensure their crops are adequately pollinated. Buried among the stories about colony collapse disorder and potential causes of bee die-offs — like stress, pesticides, pathogens and parasites — is some familiar advice. Just as a key to staving off invasive species is maintaining biological diversity, so too a key to keeping crops fruitful and flowers blooming is building up native bee populations.