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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Rueter-Hess Reservoir Bees

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To help improve the local bee population, PWSD recently partnered with a local beekeeper to use Rueter-Hess Reservoir land for honey production and cross-pollination.

In April the hives were split and placed at another new location near the reservoir. The boxes used to split the hives contained baby bees, honey, and empty frames. A queen bee, handled by the beekeeper, is placed within each box, and a one-gallon sugar-water feeder is used to get the bees started until the nectar flow begins naturally in May. Carniolan honeybees, used in this process, thrive in Colorado’s climate and are great honey producers.

Bee populations are essential for biodiversity and environmental protection. They support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants while also contributing to interconnected ecosystems that allow different species to coexist and thrive across the planet.

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