Storm Damages Bee Hives at Circuit of the Americas

While bees are still happily buzzing in a fenced off area located on the Circuit of The Americas property, most of the hives they once called home, are now gone. 

The Oct. 30 storm shredded them.

"That big storm cell that came through here picked up those bees and deposited a bunch of them there, but also they are all down the roadways here for about a mile," said Walter Schumacher, American Honey Bee Protection Agency CEO.

Out of about 350 hives, only eight remain intact.

Now, the American Honey Bee Protection Agency is trying to save what it can.

"We've salvaged the hives that are alive or that we can get to and then we're allowing the bees that are here to feed off all the wax and the honey," Schumacher said.

Profits from the sale of honey produced at the hives were going to make up 50 percent of the group's budget. Now, it has to find funds elsewhere.

"Right off the bat, we're 50 percent in the hole starting next year," said Schumacher.

But, the agency isn't giving up. 

It plans to rebuild and hopes the community realizes the species' importance and steps up to help.

"Honey bees are a keystone species and human beings fall under that keystone," Schumacher said. "And in the archway of our buildings the keystone if it's removed then the arch actually falls." 

If you'd like to learn more about the agency and how you could possibly help, visit honeybeekind.com.

 

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