Reducing Honey Bee Mortality Rates in Ontario
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Honey Bee populations are plummeting throughout Canada and the world. Scientists are associating high Honey Bee mortality rates to neonicotinoid classes of pesticides, physical disturbance by plant-based parasites that prevent Honey Bees from pollinating, and human-caused climate change.
- Honey Bee survival is a critical component of population rebuilding (both human and animal), but 2011-2013 mortality rates nationwide show that between 15-28% of Honey Bees did not survive winter due to climate change;
- Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Manitoba Honey Bees suffer the most deaths. In the 2012-2013 season, Alberta lost 23.8% of its Honey Bee population while, Manitoba lost 46.4%, New Brunswick lost 37.4% of their Honey Bee population, and Ontario lost 37.9%;
- Recent studies have shown that Honey Bee population have been on a drastic decline since the 1990s – in April 2017, they were officially declared an endangered species by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Canada.
There is still time to act and it is still possible to reduce high mortality rates in the Honey Bee population, but we must act now.
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