EXPERTS ARE CALLING IT AN INSECT
APOCALYPSE, BEES UNDER ATTACK BY
THE VERY PLANTS THEY FEED ON. A NEW STUDY LINKS THEIR DEMISE
DUE IN PART TO AN INSECTICIDE
SPRAYED ON PLANTS AND CROPS
CALLED NEONICOTINOIDS. AND TO RESPOND TO THIS
CRISIS, WE HAVE RECENTLY TAKEN
SOME BIG STEPS TO PROTECT OUR
POLLENATORS. DAVID: HOWARD COUNTY IS JOINING
THE BEE CITY USA COALITION. THE COUNTY IS COMMITTING TO
REDUCE PESTICIDE USE AND CREATE
SUSTAINABLE HABITATS FOR BEES. THE COUNTY HAS CREATED 55 ACRES
OF POLLINATOR FRIENDLY MEADOW
HABITAT ON HOWARD COUNTY
PARKLAND. WE’VE ENGAGED PROFESSIONAL
RESEARCHERS FROM THE PATUXENT
WILD LIFE RESEARCH CENTER TO
CONDUCT BEE SURVEYS AND
CENTENNIAL PARK. DAVID: STUDIES SHOW NEONIC
IMPACT A BEE’S ABILITY TO FORAGE
NECTAR, REMEMBER THE LOCATION OF
FLOWERS, IT IMPAIRS THEIR
ABILITY TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK
TO A HIVE. IT WEAKENS THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM
AND AFFECTS THE FERTILITY OF THE
QUEEN. WE LOST 60% OF OUR HIVES FOR
THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, AND I
THINK THAT’S A CONSERVATIVE
ESTIMATE. WE HAVE VERY EXPERIENCED BEE
KEEPERS WHO CAN’T KEEP THEIR
BEES ALIVE AND LOSE 80 TO A
10O%. DAVID TO PROTECT THE BEES HOWARD
COUNTY PLANS TO LIMIT PESTICIDE USE, NEARLY ELIMINATE
USING NONICOTINOIDS AND OTHER
HARMFUL CHEMICALS, HOST
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS AND EXPAND
POLLINATOR FRIENDLY HABITA WE’LL PROTECT THEIR HEALTH, AND AS A RESULT, THE HEALTH OF EVERY LIVING
THING IN HOWARD COUNTY AND SEND
A MESSAGE TO THE REST OF THE
STATE, THE NATION, AND THE
WORLD. DAVID: AS ONE OF THE FIRST
COUNTIES TO BECOME A BEE CITY,
THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE PLEDGES TO
RE-NEW THAT CERTIFICATION EVERY YEAR.