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                                   "Bees are the most efficient pollinator," said instructor Annette Hansen. "Bees visit one type of flower
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                                   Participant Ralph Danielson remembers the buzzing sound in the pastures and fields when he was growing
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                                                                                                   So far, the Hansens have placed 18 hives in Salt
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                                                                                                   "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
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                                 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

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                                    pollinators, gardening and educational workshops,
                                contact Wasatch Community Gardens at 801-359-
                                2658 or visit

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