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Local beekeepers aim to help combat bee decline

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Yakima, WA -  With Spring around the corner, the Central Washington Beekeepers Association is set to discuss ways to protect and care for local bees during their monthly meeting Tuesday night.  This meeting is critical for beekeepers after a difficult Winter season.

Locally, bees help maintain the apple and cherry industries, among many plants and crops in our agriculturally based region.  

"We have problems with colony collapse disorder, which today is a very major thing, we are losing up to 40 percent of bees. That's what this meeting is going to be about, to discuss what is going on in those hives and how can we help correct that," said Andrew Bottino, CWBA President.

Around 75 percent of the world's food crops depend on animal pollination and without pollinators, like bees, our food sources are at risk.

A recent study done by United Nations organization, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services or IPBES, shows that globally, the number of bees, and other pollinators are on the decline and are facing threats like, pesticides and mites.

At the meeting the CWBA will also hold a beginner beekeeping class for people interested in helping fight against the local decline of bees.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Murphy Auditorium at the Yakima Regional hospital.  

For more information go to http://www.yakimabees.com/