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"Bees are the most efficient pollinator," said instructor Annette Hansen. "Bees visit one type of flower
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during each forging flight, ensuring pollination."
Some say goodbye to A bee also can carry its own weight in nectar and pollen. And those wings stroke at least 190 times a
second, making that distinctive buzz.
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Participant Ralph Danielson remembers the buzzing sound in the pastures and fields when he was growing
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up in Holladay. But during the past decade he hasn't spotted one honeybee where he lives now in West Valley
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"I've seen a few wild bees in my backyard," he said. "I don't know how my garden is getting pollinated,
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nearing end Yes. Flies do pollinate, participants learned. They're attracted to green, white and cream colors in gardens,
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One reason for the declining number of the Beehive State's namesake is loss of habitat. Utah has lost
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enough farm and grazing
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coming to SLC in 2016 Bees have taken a similar hit. Since 1990, the
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talking with White her husband, Aaron, place colonies in urban gardens
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bonuses and backyards. Their company, Hansen Hives, is
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estate woes continue hobbyists wanting to start their own colonies.
So far, the Hansens have placed 18 hives in Salt
Lake, Davis and Utah Counties.
"Bees are energy-efficient," said Annette
Hansen. "Although they can travel up to 5 miles from their hive, they'll stay close to home if there's enough
nectar and pollen in the area."
Homeowners can attract bees and other pollinators on their own by planting nectar- and pollen-rich flowers.
Participants learned that it's best to organize plants in solid color blocks so that insects and birds can spot them
from above. Also, plant flowers with a range of shapes and sizes for blooms throughout the season.
Pollinators also need water, so use a bird bath, make a mud puddle or turn on dripping faucet. Don't use
pesticides or herbicides "because if it can kill one thing, it can also kill a pollinator," said Annette Hansen.
To keep pollinators around all year, homeowners should have sites and materials on hand for nesting and
Beehive State is loosing its namesake
The number of bee colonies and honey production
in Utah is declining:
1990 » 47,000 colonies produced 1.7 million
pounds of honey
1995 » 32,000 colonies, 1 million pounds honey
2000 » 24,000 hives, 984,000 pounds honey
2007 » 25,000 hives, 975,000 pounds honey
Source: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Find out more
For more information on beekeeping, attracting
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pollinators, gardening and educational workshops,
contact Wasatch Community Gardens at 801-359-
2658 or visit www.wasatchgardens.org.
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