Bees are in trouble! Since 2006 entire hives have been dying from what scientists call “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Worker honeybees are disappearing. Without the worker bees, the hive, or colony, can’t survive. Scientists don’t yetknow the exact cause of CCD. Diseases, parasites, loss of habitat, and poor nutrition are all thought to contribute to CCD. However, research is pointing to pesticides as the main cause of CCD. More on pesticides later! Bees are essential to our quality of life! Bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat. Fortunately, scientists, farmers, and environmental agencies are working together to help the bees. YOU can help too! Get ready to learn all about bees, why we need them, and how we can help them thrive.