Updated 04/30/2012 07:53 AM
Mild Winter Impacts Honey Bees in Area
It's almost that time of year again; Summer. And with more sunshine and warmer temperatures, many honey bees can be seen buzzing through the air.
As YNN's Kate McGowan explains, bee experts said the around-the-clock pollination is soon set to begin in the region.
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HENRIETTA, N.Y. -- "Things are really buzzing in the orchards in Upstate New York this time of year. It's a really important time," said beekeeper, Pat Bono.
There may still be a morning chill in the air...
"Right now the bees are just staying in the hives and keeping the young bees warm."
But with summer-like days fast approaching, honey bees will begin to take over the outdoors.
Bono said an unusually mild winter was nothing but positive for honey bees.
She said, the survival rate for local bee populations was above average, even exceptional this year.
"We had very high temperatures, record breaking temperatures. And the bees were doing well. But then we got hit with wet snow, the bees were confined to their hives for several days and they're not happy about that," the beekeeper said.
With a bit of sunshine, Bono said the bees will leave the hive in search of flower or fruits trees to pollinate.
As long as the temperatures reach above 60 degrees, which Bono said is necessary for their flying patterns.
"I think this week is going to work out just right with the bees."
And with warmer weather approaching, Bono said the honey season is off to a good start. Bottling of the honey could begin as early as next month.
"Smells nice, smells like honey. The bees have been working the trees, and gathering nectar, and this will be honey."
Honey bees play a crucial role in our region's crop production. So much that the bees are responsible for pollinating close to $300 million in crops in New York, alone.
"The bees are here to pollinate and a lot of the apples will be ready to blossom. The bees will take advantage of that," Bono said.
So, next time you see a black and yellow speck buzz through the air, Bono said to remember all these insects do for our surrounding environment.
"Things are looking good, very good."