Pollinators in peril
Sun April 13, 2014
Dry times hard on bees
It's a foggy morning in Petaluma at Ettamarie Peterson's Farm. Peterson, who now has about five hives in her yard, has kept bees for 21 years. She is the president of the Sonoma County Bee Keeper's Association and says times are tough right now.
"Last year we didn't get much honey at all because of the drought," she says. "A flower that is dry isn't going to produce the nectar or the pollen."
Other members in the association are having the same problem. There just isn't enough food for the bees and the colonies are not growing like they should. But, by planting for bees, Peterson says, home gardeners can help.