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Updated: 07/09/2018 09:04:01AM

Thriving hives

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Dawn Havery is a backyard beekeper, who lives in downtown Sebring. She has approximately 100,000 bees in her two hives.

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Bee keepers encourage residents and businesses to evacuate, not exterminate, bees. For help evacuating bees, contact David Austin at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center.

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Bees are important pollinators for plants and crops. Apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, and many other crops, rely on bees.

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Local bee keeper Dawn Havery poses with her husband, Harry. Dawn has been keeping bees for approximately three years.

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Bees are important pollinators for plants and crops. Apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, and many other crops, rely on bees.

By MELISSA MAIN

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SEBRING — Although bees are on the decline throughout the world, they are “quite abundant in the Heartland of Florida,” according to David Austin, residential horticulture agent with the University of Florida.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bees have declined by over half since the 1940s, from 6 million in 1940 to approximately 2.5 million today.

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