What’s Working: Helping the Bees

What's Working

RAYMOND, Miss. (WJTV) – If you enjoy fruits, nuts and flowers you should be thankful for bees.

The industrious insects have a massive impact on our food supply and economy.

Honors students at Hinds Community College have a plan to help them.

On November 9, 2016, Hinds Community College will host a pollinator workshop on its Raymond Campus.

When it comes to pollinating, nobody does it better than a bee.

Phrona Grey is an honor student Hinds Community College.

She explains, “Much more cost effective to have honey bees pollinate, as opposed to actual artificial pollinating or pollinating by hand.”

Bees work hard and they work cheap.

Phrona adds, “The more you learn, the more you see bees everywhere, and just notice how much like, they are involved in like agriculture, and you’ll see products that are labeled like bee friendly or natural, and once you start noticing it, they’re everywhere, it seems.”

They pollinate roughly 80 percent of our crops.

Here is the bad news, as told to us by honor student Logan Williamson, “An alarming context of them are dying in mass. That is due to a combination of factors. It’s due to pesticides and invasion of species like parasites on their homes and habitat destruction from us.”

Honor Student Reginald Pickering adds, “Colony collapse disease is when all the bees just end up leaving the hives or all just die.”

WJTV asked, “Why would they do that?”

Reginald responded, “Because of the pesticides used.”

Helping bee populations rebound is the focus of a workshop, on November 9th, from12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Reeves Hall, room 165 on the Raymond Campus.

If you are interested in bee and butterfly friendly gardens, bee keeping, and maybe some locally harvested honey, it’s the place to be.

Phrona concludes, “Please come to the workshop. You’ll learn a lot, and it will be very interesting. I promise, and it will be lots of fun, and I can’t wait to see you then.”

The workshop is free.

Find out ways to help the bees and in turn, help us all.

Jeff Harris, a Research Professor and Entomologist from Mississippi State will be the keynote speaker.

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