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Bees are more important than ever.

They have been in the news these days, especially about how critical they are in the circle of life and of their recent decline all over the world owing to loss of habitat or death from insecticides.

Since honey bees are the No. 1 pollinators, they are crucial to agriculture, and many North Carolina farms rely on them to improve their crop production each year.

This year on the island, folks have noted a new natural sound—that of the buzzing of honey bees around flowering plants and shrubs. To read article, click here.

This is a welcome addition to Ocracoke’s soothing sounds of cicadas, birds and nighttime frogs.

These bees are doing their thing thanks to island beekeepers Darlene Styron, Mary Dean and John Bullard.

This is heartening, since the island is a microcosm of the rest of the world.

A healthy ecosystem is vital for Ocracoke, which includes our surrounding waters for fish, oysters, crabs and shrimp to name just a few.

We need to think not only about the present, but also a world we are leaving our children’s children.

On a personal level, with beekeeping, it is possible to make a difference, and that is what we are seeing with our island beekeepers.

Honey bees on Ocracoke. Photo by P. Vankevich
Honey bees on Ocracoke. Photo by P. Vankevich
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