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Transcript of Honey Bees
By Christina Fehr
Commercial Vs. Natural
Threats to their survival
New Viruses & Parasites
Measures being taken
to save honey bees
Ways to get involved
Access to plants with overlapping blooming from Spring to Fall
A place to nest
Protection from Pesticides
Native bees live in tunnels underground, or small holes in trees.
Commercially grown bees reside in wax or paper made hives
Fruits and vegetables
Studies & Research
More encouragement to raise your own
What's the problem with honey bee extinction?
200-300 drones (males)
20,000-50,000 workers (females)
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Honey bees are the main pollinators for many of our crops.
We would have to hand pollinate
We would lose many varieties of plants that solely rely on honeybees unless they could adapt.
Become a backyard beekeeper
Keep a garden
Don't rely on harmful pesticides
Beekeeping Career Salary
Part time or hobbyist bee keepers may average around $20,000 per year, generally tending to their bees on nights and weekends while primarily holding a job in another field.
Additional income may be earned if a beekeeper produces and markets honey or beeswax products. Another earning option is selling starter or replacement bees to other beekeeping operations.
Though a degree isn't required for this field, most beekeepers have an undergraduate degree in an animal science.
They keep an eye on the health of their hives.
They are sometimes required to work long hours, outside of course, and even holidays and weekends.
Beekeepers need to wear a lot of protective gear to ensure they are well protected.
They are in charge of dividing colonies, replacing queen bees, and other general maintenance.