More about Pollinators

US Fish and Wildlife Service:

  • Of the hundred or so crops that make up most of the world's food supply, only 15% are pollinated by domestic bees, while at least 80% are pollinated by wild bees and other wildlife.
  • Bees recover slowly from insecticide spraying and other disturbances because of their low fecundity (they are unable to reproduce rapidly or in great numbers) which also makes them more susceptible to local extinction.
  • It may take 3 to 4 years for bumble bee populations to return to pre-pesticide application levels
  • Climate change has the potential to affect the distribution of pollinators and the plants they pollinate, as well as the timing of flowering and migration.

Extension Contact Information:

For questions about honey bees and native pollinators, contact:

4-H | Youth Development Agent
Kara Tangedal
(406) 447-8349
e-mail

Administrative Assistant
Lexi Foust
(406) 447-8346
e-mail

Address:  Fairgrounds
                 Exhibit Hall (northwest corner)
                 100 W. Custer
                 Helena, MT 59602

Honey Bees

Beekeeping

Beekeeping can be fun and rewarding, but like any agricultural practice, you'll be more successful if you start out
informed. Find a beekeeping group or mentor, take a course, have a good beekeeping book on hand for our area, and buy
bees and equipment from a reputable seller. Get started with the resources below.

Beekeeping

Beekeeping can be fun and rewarding, but like any agricultural practice, you'll be more successful if you start out
informed. Find a beekeeping group or mentor, take a course, have a good beekeeping book on hand for our area, and buy
bees and equipment from a reputable seller. Get started with the resources below.

Honey Bees

Extension Contact Information:

For questions about honey bees and native pollinators, contact:

4-H | Youth Development Agent
Kara Tangedal
(406) 447-8349
e-mail

Administrative Assistant
Lexi Foust
(406) 447-8346
e-mail

Address:  Fairgrounds
                 Exhibit Hall (northwest corner)
                 100 W. Custer
                 Helena, MT 59602

More about Pollinators

US Fish and Wildlife Service:

  • Of the hundred or so crops that make up most of the world's food supply, only 15% are pollinated by domestic bees, while at least 80% are pollinated by wild bees and other wildlife.
  • Bees recover slowly from insecticide spraying and other disturbances because of their low fecundity (they are unable to reproduce rapidly or in great numbers) which also makes them more susceptible to local extinction.
  • It may take 3 to 4 years for bumble bee populations to return to pre-pesticide application levels
  • Climate change has the potential to affect the distribution of pollinators and the plants they pollinate, as well as the timing of flowering and migration.