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'Pollinator-friendly' PSU welcomes colony of honey bees to campus

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Portland State University are now "pollinator-friendly" after installing two bee hives on campus.

PSU installed the colony of 100,000 honey bees this week. The two hives are located on the PSU campus at Southwest 12th and Montgomery near the community garden and orchard.

The school said installing the hives is in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of bees in the ecosystem.

FOX 12 spoke with Stefanie Steele, a PSU senior Biology major. Steele said bees are facing a tough time throughout the world but folks need to remember that these bugs help produce 1/3 of our food.

Steele said the idea to bring honeybees to campus started with a project of hers last spring. She said that's when they got the ball rolling and with the help of the Institute of Sustainable Solutions, they were able to make this dream a reality.

"I think mainly we want to bring awareness to the community and show people that bees aren't something to fear and they really are almost all the time super docile."

Steele said the slimming population of bees is due in part to many factors including using pesticides and the Varroa mite, a parasite that latches onto bees and kills or causes birth defects on the insect.

Steele said PSU has a 5 year plan but hopes this colony will stay on campus for a long time to come.

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