Wesselman Nature executive director says bees make him a better botanist

Apr 24, 2015

The science community has been buzzing about the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bee populations. The conversation received more international attention this week after Swedish researchers published a study in Nature that found that bees are attracted to pollen with traces of the neonics.

Wesselman Nature Society Executive Director John Scott Foster says that's just one piece of the puzzle in understanding why the bee population has been in decline in recent years.  Foster says mites pose another threat to bees, particularly in the winter months.

WNIN's Cass Herrington spoke to Foster to understand the bee's role in the diversity of the ecosystem, and of course, in making its prized golden, sweet substance -- honey.

Wesselman Nature Society Executive Director John Scott Foster calls the worker bees in his hive, "the girls."
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