Warming temperatures in the South Okanagan – Similkameen over the past week has resulted in increasing bee activity in local hives.
Bruce Bertram (right) of Kaleden has had a life long passion for bee keeping, which he once made a full time business of in Manitoba.
These days Bertram enjoys the science of bee keeping as a hobby.
The province last week declared May 29 as Day of the Honey Bee, to recognize and celebrate how beekeeping in B.C. has grown from May 1858 when two hives arrived in Victoria Harbour into an industry that has a $250-million-a-year agricultural impact today.
South Okangan and Similkameen bee keepers help the argicultural industry through crop pollination by honey bees , which supports agricultural production in Canada to the tune of $1.5 billion per year.