The bees in Steamboat Springs have spent almost the entire month of April in their hives to protect the queen. Due to the harsh weather and the late winter, locals had to wait until the beginning of May before finally being able to start working at the hives.
The queen can fertilize at an impressive rate of 1,500 to 2,000 eggs a day. By doing this, the queen provides a new generation of bees. A long time ago, the mead made from fermented honey used to be the nectar of kings.
An interesting fact is that cold-blooded honey bees are inactive if the temperature is below 45 degrees. Therefore, to keep the queen warm, they cluster around the queen bee and vibrate their abdomens to produce enough heat and sometimes even detach the muscles from their wings to raise their body temperatures up to 111 degrees.
Cedar Beauregard, a local beekeeper, announced that he started to work on a project together with the Elkstone Farms in Strawberry Park, to develop a different strain of bees, a stronger one, able to adapt to the harsh and long winters of the valley. He intends to cut off the supplies of pollen and sugar water so that he can make a selection between the weaker and the stronger bees. The survivors will breed and maybe this way, more reliable generation will start to flourish at least during the cold springs.
Despite the difficult situation due to the cold weather, the number of beekeepers in Routt County is on the rise. More and more people grow fond of this activity, which is regarded not only as a hobby but more as art. David Truly, a local beekeeper from the Truly Family Farm in the South Valley, has recently confessed that he is addicted to beekeeping.
Nevertheless, the situation looks pretty bad in North America. According to recent research, about 40 percent of pollinating insects, especially butterflies and bees, are on the verge of extinction. Another 16.5 percent of mammal and bird pollinators, such as bats and monkeys also face the same threat.
It means that not only bees but many other pollinators are crucial for the forests of North America. People have already started to take action against such a dangerous situation which can lead to severe consequences on the entire ecosystem.
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