Michigan Bee Keepers give us an inside look into hives and share dangers facing bees
June is very busy time for bees in Michigan.
On Wednesday the NBC25 morning crew visited "demonstration hives" at For-Mar Nature Preserve in Burton with Genesee County bee keeper Jim Withers.
He showed us the inner workings of a hive and talked about the dangers to the commercial bee business. Withers says too many pesticides and changes in environment have led to significant decreases in the bee population.
He also tells us that finding people who are interested in keeping bees is getting more difficult, That's why he believes education is vital.
"bees are very important to our survival. They are fascinating mammals and I love to share what I know about them especially to the youth," said Withers,
Withers operates about 130 hives throughout the county and sells honey. He also hosts several demonstration classes throughout the year.