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Bees take flight at Saskatoon airport

Bees are buzzing at the Saskatoon airport. Beekeeper and honey producer Roberta Wells has set up forty hives on airport land.

Bees will help pollinate plants and flowers in city

Bees are buzzing around the Saskatoon airport. (Roberta Wells/CBC)

Bees are buzzing at the Saskatoon airport.  

Beekeeper and honey producer Roberta Wells has set up 40 hives on airport land. Wells said the airport is a logical place for bees.

"It has a lot of alfalfa and dandelions, which bees love," she said. "It is land that can't be used for anything else. You really can't have farm equipment driving around with planes coming in."

Still, Wells does have to check on the hives. So her truck comes equipped with a beacon light on top to alert planes and airport officials that she is there.

Airport bees are common in the United States, said Wells. However, she believes Montreal may be the only other airport in Canada with bees.

Wells said it's important to have bees near the city.

"We need them to pollinate everything from our flowers to our gardens," she said.

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