Success: Beekeeping Groups Keep Bees Buzzing in Northwest Montana

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Target: Western Bee Supplies President and General Manager, Rick Molenda

Goal: Thank new beekeeping groups that have taken their time to save America’s bees.

Bees have been dying in large numbers for years. Thanks a large number of petitions found on ForceChange, many people have noted the importance of bees in our ecosystem and have created groups dedicated to beekeeping. The sheer number of backyard beekeepers has also doubled in the past years thanks to the growing availability of beekeeping supplies. Now is the time to thank these groups and stores for encouraging others to take up beekeeping and for educating the public on the nature of bees.

The first cases of Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon in which the majority of the worker bees in a colony suddenly die, leaving behind the queen, plenty of food, and nurse bees to care for the immature bees, were first reported back in 2006. Since then, many have pointed fingers to the government’s increased usage of pesticides in farming. However, in Western Montana, beekeeping has become somewhat of a popular hobby. Beekeeping sales have risen 20 percent and Western Bee Supplies Inc. will be hosting Flathead Valley’s first annual bee workshop this coming March. They hope to teach those that participate the best ways to keep bees happy and healthy.

Sign the petition below to thank Western Bee Supplies Inc. for further promoting the importance of bees and helping to ensure their survival.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Molenda,

I would like to thank you for taking strides in the battle to save America’s bees. It’s the tenacity of companies like yours that make others want to also take up the wonderful hobby that is beekeeping. Beekeeping sales have risen 20 percent in the Polson area, thanks to your dedicated conservation efforts. More beekeeping hobby groups are forming in Northwest Montana than ever before, and those numbers are expected to rise even more this year.

It’s also very helpful that you are hosting Flathead Valley’s first annual bee workshop this coming March. Ever since Colony Collapse Disorder was first recorded back in 2006, people have gone back and forth on the cause of the disorder. They point fingers at pesticides, climate change, habitat loss, and other potential causes. However, few have told the public about what they can do to increase the number of bee productivity in their neighborhoods, and even fewer know where to turn if they wish to start backyard beekeeping.

Therefore, I thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with the general public of Montana, and I hope that your annual bee workshop continues for many years.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Marciej A. Cyzewski

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