Camas group aims to help save the bees

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The Camas non-profit wants people to know how to help bees

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A local non-profit is working to spread awareness about the problems of bee populations.

“Our motto is two things — sharing the wisdom of the hive and every backyard matters,” Preservation Bee Keeping Council President Susan Knilans said.

Knilans had a booth at Camas Days to teach people more about bees.

“Honey bees pollinate a third of the foods that we like to eat,” Knilans said. “When you take the bees out of the equation, all of a sudden nothing gets pollinated and there’s a tremendous food shortage.”

Susan Knilans with Camas’ Preservation Beekeep Council. (KOIN)

You’ve probably heard about the need to save bees and Knilans said she’s starting to see a local decline in bee populations.

“Native bee populations are collapsing even more than honey bee populations,” Knilans said.

She said pesticide and honey bee farming are contributing to pushing out native bees.

That could mean big trouble but Knilans hopes people will take her message to heart before it’s too late.

“People in their own yards can start planting flowers,” she said. “Bees are dying of hunger. What people do in their backyards for pollinators and insects and bees — every backyard matters.”

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