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Bees suffer due to climate, environment

Posted at 8:10 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 12:54:23-04

Bees in Southern Arizona are struggling due to changes in climate and environment.

As KGUN9's Kevin Boughton reports, the Sonoran Desert could be considered the bee capital of the world, with over 700 species of bees residing here. 

Kim Franklin, a conservation research scientist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, says she and other scientists are concerned about the decline of honey bee and other bee populations around the world.

Habitat loss and climate change are some of the main threats bees face. 

As the bee population declines, fruit and vegetable crops will struggle. 

General Mills has acknowledged the problem by taking its bee mascot off of boxes as a reminder to consumers.

Scientists recommend helping the bee population by planting native wildflowers around your home to give bees a reliable source of food.