Bees Living On Roof Of Market

Honeybee milkthistleBee hives have been installed on the roof of the New Seasons Market in Vancouver as part of the grocery chain's "Bee Part of the Solution" campaign. The company did the same thing in April at its Happy Valley, Ore., store and it may put bees at its nine other stores in the Portland metro area. New Seasons might start selling its own honey brand or using the honey in its products. Another goal is to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators and the risk to their survival from pesticides, parasites and disease.

Portland beekeeper Damian Magista of the Bee Local company moved 50,000 bees Monday to the Vancouver market.

Its population of rooftop bees could grow to more than 120,000 by next spring.

July 10, 2013/AP