By Michael BaumannCNN contributorSeptember 18, 2019 12:00:48The bee, a staple in the United States, has been on the decline in recent decades, but it’s not the bee’s last words.
Beekeepers are concerned the decline is being driven by climate change and other environmental threats, and they are preparing to start breeding more queens to help restore the bee population.
Beekeeper Mike Schreiber has been breeding bees since 1997 and he’s optimistic that he can help the bees.
“I’m hopeful that with beekeeping, it’s possible to save the bee,” he said.
“And if you can save the bees, you can also save the planet.”
Schreiber is one of many beekeepers trying to save a species that is endangered.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honeybees have been declining in the U-M campus’s urban hive because of climate change, habitat loss and parasites.
It’s also one of the biggest pollinators for many pollinators and the species has declined by 40% in the past 15 years.
Schreber says he’s hoping to help by replanting bee hives.
The hive that he is planting will be the first of its kind in the university’s history, and it will be a large hive to start with.
“We’ve already gotten about half of what we need to get the hive up and running, and then it’s going to take about two months to make the hive grow,” Schreber said.
For now, the hive will be built on campus and will be used to keep bees healthy.
He said the bees will be able to pollinate flowers and other plants and he hopes that they will help bees in other parts of the city.
“They are very adaptable and they will be very important to the future of the bee in terms of pollination,” he added.
A lot of the bees have already been reared in the hive and they’re already making honey.
Schreibs mother, Marjorie, will be caring for the hive with her son, and the family will use it to make honey, too.
“The honey will come from the hive, the bees from the bees,” Schrember said, “and then we’re going to make some of our own honey.”
The SchreIBs are one of a handful of beekeepers who have been replanting hives on campus.
They’re hoping to keep the bee populations healthy and restore the hive.
“It’s going well,” Schreyiber said.