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Bee keepers looking for ways to keep population from slipping

Bee keepers such as Freddy Carter in Jones County want to raise awareness so more people can help save the bees, which are vital to our own existence. (Nicole Griffin, NewsChannel 12 photo)

It's been a very tough year for bees in Eastern North Carolina.

Bee keepers such as Freddy Carter in Jones County want to raise awareness so more people can help save the bees, which are vital to our own existence. Carter has kept bees for five years and said every year in North Carolina, we lose 40 percent of our bees. This year, weather conditions such as the cold -- which makes it hard for them to stay alive -- and wet weather -- which keeps bees from pollinating and making honey.

"Pollinators are under threat and there is just not enough of them to do the job," Carter said. "We get by OK the way they are but if we keep sustaining these loses over and over, it's gonna make a major impact."

Over at Nelson's Blueberry Farm in Bridgeton, farmers said they had some bushes go unpollinated because of the lack of bees. To help the bees recover, bee keepers said we can do things like plant flowers bees like. You can contact your local beekeeping association and they'll provide education and other things you need to help start you off with bee keeping.

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