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NH Honeybee Decline Continues – Scientists Still Baffled

July 20, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. - In New Hampshire and around the country, honeybees are disappearing in what scientists and beekeepers say are alarming numbers, and while no one can say with certainty what the cause is, one thing is for sure: The decline needs to be halted because the bees play a vital role in our food supply.

David Mizejewski, a naturalist with National Wildlife Federation, says the strange and troubling occurrence that has been dubbed "Colony Collapse Disorder" has been going on for a few years now.

"Scientists are still trying to figure out what exactly is causing it, but what we do know is that it's causing the deaths of honeybee colonies in all parts of the country, and it's sort of mysterious in that the bees literally just disappear out of the hive."

Mizejewski says that bees not only produce honey, but they're depended upon to pollinate a variety of crops. He says that as scientists continue to investigate, the public can help by making yards, gardens or balconies more "wildlife friendly," with native plants, and staying away from the use of chemical pesticides whenever possible.

Mizejewski describes the process in utilizing bees for large-scale crops, which could also disrupt the lives of the insects.

"Their hives are put out there, the bees go out and do their pollination, and then the beekeepers pack them back up on trucks and bring them back to wherever their home base is. It's a big part of the agricultural process and economy."

Rob Calvert is a biologist with New Hampshire Fish & Game and has been a beekeeper since 1975. He says keeping bees healthy and productive even under the best of circumstances is no easy task, but it has been even more challenging in recent years.

"So a lot of beekeepers, I think are declining in New Hampshire, because it's not as easy as it used to be."

There are several theories regarding the disappearance of the bees, including parasitic mites, habitat loss, and the use of pesticides, especially with large commercial growers.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH