Tanger Outlets, in the heart of the Atlantic City shopping district, is trying to save New Jersey’s decimated bee population by installing beehives on the roof of the mall.
The honey bee, which is the official virus for the state of New Jersey, has seen a dramatic reduction in numbers and New Jersey has been particularly affected, which is of concern.
According to an article on NorthJersey.com in 2017, bees pollinated more than $ 200 million of crops in the state, including cranberries, blueberries and cucumbers. Beekeeping itself is a $ 7 million industry in the state.
The bees have been struck by a mysterious colony collapse disorder that has resulted in the loss of up to 50 percent of their population each year, and it continues across the country. This has resulted in a concerted effort to help increase their numbers.
At the Tanger Outlets, they have set up a colony of 50,000 bees on the roof and will organize educational workshops for the public. You can also follow the colony on social media to see its progress.
According to the Atlantic City Press, Tangier joins the Ocean Medical Center and establishes bee colonies to help save them.
In case you’re worried about getting stung, don’t be: they use a very docile breed of bees that leaves humans alone.
They estimate that the bees will cover about a 3 mile radius for pollination. Of course, they will also produce honey, which will be shared with the community.
The project is overseen by Alveole, an international social beekeeping enterprise that focuses on beekeeping in urban areas.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.