Day highlights importance of preserving bees, other pollinators.
ELLICOTT — From the approximately 50 members of the Chautauqua County Beekeepers Association Inc. to the world at large, people are rejoicing in the shared appreciation of bees and other pollinators that make many food products from crops to honey possible for consumers.
Last year, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that World Bee Day to be celebrated May 20. It is the hope that the public at large will focus their attention on preserving honey bees and other pollinators and understand the importance of such creatures.
Locally, members of the Beekeepers Association take their volunteer hobby very seriously in taking care of an apiary, a collection of artificial beehives behind Ring Precision Components near the Jamestown Airport. They also exist to educate new members who might be interested in preserving honey bees of their own.
“This is not necessarily a day for bees; it’s a day for pollinators,” said Dennis LaMonica, president of the association.
* THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.