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for Carolina Country Vol. 37 Issue 6, June 2005
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North Carolina's honeybee population has been decimated by the Varroa mite. Losses of wild bee colonies are estimated as high as 95 percent. The mites, a native of Southeast Asia, reached the western United States in the 1980s and by 1989, they were destroying the state's wild bee population. Domestic beekeepers also suffered significant losses. Lavallee discusses a program started by North Carolina State University that is designed not just to restock the state with bees, but with new beekeepers as well.
Purple martins depend upon people to provide nesting structures, a characteristic that makes them unique among songbirds. The Manns Harbor Bridge between Manns Harbor and Roanoke Island has been an annual summer roosting place for over 100,000 martins for the past twenty-five years. The roost supports martins from 150 miles around. By late August most of the birds depart for Brazil.