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Thousands of bees arrive in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

About 1,000 packages of bees arrived from California to the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids Monday evening.

Dozens of amateur beekeepers and those learning what it takes picked up the bees - and some queens - who will then be part of hives - which hopefully will produce a lot of honey.

These folks say beekeeping is becoming more and more popular.

"We actually started limiting our class to 25 just by the sheer numbers and that is due to all of the concern about the bees dying off, the pesticides, the parasitic mites, the colony collapse so we're finding a lot of people want to start their own colony, 2 or 3 or 4 at a time," said Indian Creek Volunteer Beekeeper Bob Wolff. Beekeepers say, for the most part, the mild winter helped the bee population in Iowa.

Many cities, like Cedar Rapids, ban beekeeping but it's allowed in more rural areas.

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