MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota has hundreds of bee species.

And now, for the first time, scientists are doing a count of how many bees call our state home.

The count allows scientists to study relationships between population changes and pesticide use.

It also allows scientists to understand disease and habitat disruption.

DNR researchers are traveling through western Minnesota this summer counting native bees.

It’s all thanks to a $370,000 dollar grant raised by the state lottery.

The population survey will take two years to complete.

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