-- ERIC --
THIS WEEK, THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE REPORTS
THE STRUGGLING HONEY BEE POPULATION.
IS DOING BETTER.
-- MICHELLE --
NATIONWIDE, 23-PERCENT OF COLONIES WERE LOST THIS
COMPARED TO 30-PERCENT LAST WINTER.
BUT LOCAL BEEKEEPERS TELL JENNIFER HOFF, THESE LOSSES
ARE STILL TOO HIGH.
JENNIFER HOFF/REPORTING says, East Sider Jeanne Hansen
is a longtime beekeeper and she can relate to the
national bee decline.
In fact, last winter, she lost all of her hives..:46
JEANNE HANSEN/BEEKEEPER says, We certainly wish it
was a lot easier to keep bees..:52
HANSEN TOOK IT HARD.
WHEN SHE RECENTLY LOST AS MANY AS HALF A MILLION HONEY
JEANNE says, It's a combination of many factors, and
one of the big ones is the parasitic mites..:28
THE MITES ATTACK BEE LARVAE, AND HAVE PULVERIZED THE
POPULATION SO MUCH.
THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RECENTLY GAVE MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS TO WISCONSIN AND OTHER STATES TO BENEFIT
JEANNE says, We need beekeepers to provide homes for
bees because there are not hollow trees.
If a tree dies, we cut it down.
There are not shabby houses with holes where the bees
can go in.
Bees need a place to live..:56
DIDN'T HESITATE AND ALONG WITH THE DANE COUNTY BEE
ADOPTED TWO MIDDLETON BOULEVARDS.
BEES CAN CALL HOME BY NEXT MONTH.
WHEN THE CITY SWAPS OUT THE GRASS FOR A PRAIRIE MIX.
PENNI KLEIN/MIDDLETON PUBLIC LANDS MANAGER says, We
want to plant specific species like purple cone flower,
bergamot, black-eyed susans, we'll put in some native
KLEIN AGREES IT'S IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THE BEES HEALTH,
THAT HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON HUMANS - WHOSE DIET IS PARTLY
MADE UP OF PLANTS POLINATED BY HONEY BEES.
PENNI says, The goal is complete all of the boulevards
on Airport Road someday and have them all in the native
species that benefit the pollinators as well..:17
AS FOR JEANNE HANSEN.
JEANNE says, This is my sixth summer..:20
SHE'S STILL TRYING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM A CRIPPLING
CROP LOSS, AND HOPES HER HONEYBEES CAN TOO.
JENNIFER says, The U.S.
Department of Agriculture has proposed setting aside
71-million dollars in next year's budget to help the
bee population, while Hansen has ordered six new hives
and hopes they continue to succeed.
Covering the news in Madison, I'm Jennifer Hoff for