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Go Green Report: Urban Bees

It's something you would expect to see out in the country. But more and more honeybees are finding their homes inside city limits.
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In tonight's Go Green Report, Katrina Irwin tells us about some "Sweet Beez" living.  

It's something you would expect to see out in the country.
But more and more honeybees are finding their homes inside city limits.

"after moving to the city we thought gee the city could really use some bees with the number of community gardens they have around and the number of flowers.  flower city, we ought to get some more polinators around. 

That's where the idea for "Sweet Beez" was born. Bryan Babcock and Mike Atwood are bee keepers and they are bringing hives to rooftops in Rochester.

"taking a full beehive either up an elevator or stairs, whether they are screened off or not, they are still pretty mad and still bees around so you get stung every now and then but you get used to it as a bee keeper."
 
"right now 20 hives are located within the city of Rochester.  7 of them are right here on exchange street." 

Sweet Beez is a non-profit. Their goal is to educated the community about the importance of honey bees.
   
"the reaction we get from kids is great.  as they are walking by if they don't really see the observation hive at first and then get a glimpse of it they're like look at all the bees!"

Boosting the number of bees is more important now than ever. Colony colapse disorder has hurt the population.

"bees are responsible for about a third of everything we eat.  they are required for pollination.  I'm told if we lose the honeybee, the first thing to go would be almond and then blueberries." 

"as we continue to see colony colapse disorder be an issue we'll continue to see rises in our food prices and will continue to learn how we are all important and interconnected to each other as species." 
 
Sharing spaces with one of nature's "Sweets."
With this week's Go Green Report, I'm Katrina Irwin.
  


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