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SWFL's Bee Population has Dropped Exponentially

Have you heard the buzz? No? Well, we will tell you why.

This year has been very hard on the SWFL environment. Whether it be hurricane Irma or the more recent winter frost, populations of many species have dropped exponentially, especially bees.

After Irma wiped out many of our trees, it is up to the bees to pollinate and spread the seeds, so that new plants can grow. Andrea Grace, nursery manager at Naples Botanical Garden, talks about the importance of pollinators. Honeybees, although non-native to Florida, are considered a keystone species. This means that if the species dies, so will an entire ecosystem.

Many people are not aware of the importance of bees to our existence, and see them more as pests or annoyances. However, if it wasn’t for bees and other pollinators, we would not have fruits and vegetables.

Danielle Cleary, project manager of “Bee Aware” at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, encourages everyone to do their research to learn more about bees, what they do for us, and how to help their populations grow.

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