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This year, for the first time, Beekeepers, B.C. Honey Producers Association, and others in the industry are joining with governments at every level to draw attention to the plight of honeybees and the threat that it represents. The North Shore joins cities across North America to educate about these essential pollinators who contribute an estimated value to Canada’s agricultural industry of almost a billion dollars.

For the fourth year in a row, beekeepers in British Columbia and across North America have experienced devastating losses.  This year in our province the hardest hit were on Vancouver Island where reports had up to 90 percent of beehives wiped out. And in spite of a world-wide scientific effort a solution to save this most vital link in our food chain remains elusive.

To mark this day in our community join local beekeepers on May 29th, 2010 at the Lonsdale Quay’s Farmers market, 10 am until 3 pm, as they share their knowledge about the Honey Bee. Get an up close look at bees through an observation hive, see beekeeping equipment, and learn some amazing bee facts (did you know a single hive is home to between 30 and 50 THOUSAND bees?!).