April 21, 2021

Honey Bee Colonies Are Increasing Across The States, With 73% Growth Just In Maine

Within the final couple of a long time, the worldwide inhabitants of bees have been in fairly large hassle. But recent data collections released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that some states are experiencing growths in colony numbers of 70% or more.

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Not only was there a 14% increase in the number of honey bee colonies from the period of January 2019 to January 2020, but the states experiencing the broadest increase in colony growth—Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Maine—added tens of thousands of colonies.

Maine, the number one state for thriving bees, grew colony numbers by 73% since 2018, while Michigan also saw a 50% increase over the same period.

Between January and June 2020, Texas saw its bee population grow by 38%; between 2018-2019, it added almost 100,000 colonies, roughly totaling another 33% overall increase.

Turns out, between 2018 and 2019, bee populations decreased by around 40% worldwide

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Since honey bees perform about 80% of all pollination worldwide, they are crucially important for us and our environment. According to Greenpeace, “seventy out of the top 100 human food crops—which supply about 90% of the world’s nutrition—are pollinated by bees.” Unfortunately, honey bees have suffered substantially from environmental changes over the past few decades.

Wild honeybees face pollution, pesticides, and habitat loss. Managed beehives struggle with parasites and poor management. Bee researchers also worry about Colony Collapse Disorder, a destructive phenomenon that occurs when a hive loses its queen.

Bees have been dying for various reasons including pesticides, global warming, habitat destruction, and many more

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According to the newest Honey Bee Colony report, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Maine reported the largest increase in bee colonies over the last two years. Maine seems to be the winner, experiencing a growth of 73%.

However, the highest percent growth doesn’t say anything about the largest honey bee populations. According to the report, California currently has the largest number of honey bee colonies—it’s the only state in the US to have more than 1 million colonies. Florida ranks as the state with the second-largest number of bee colonies in the country with close to 250,000.

Indeed, in the first half of 2020, the United States as a whole added roughly 420,000 more colonies to its bee populations than were lost.

However, the newest report describes a 14% national increase in bee colonies over the last two years

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The New York Bee Sanctuary offers gardening and landscape practices to maintain nearby bee populations, as pollen and nectar from flowers are an important source of food for bees who could be out foraging and in need of energy.

Bee populations have grown by 73% in Maine and are increasing in many other states

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