A honeybee queen, center, mills about a honeycomb as its hive receives routine maintenance. There's been a spike in interest in beekeeping, but it's not an easy task.

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge and Louisa County Conservation will hold a program about honeybees at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22.

Each year the Iowa Honey Producers Association chooses a Honey Queen to educate the public about beekeeping and honeybees. Carly Vannoy is this year's choice. She will share her knowledge of beekeeping, honey, honey bees, and the importance of pollinators.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Louisa County Conservation office at 319-523-8381, log on to fws.gov/refuge/port_louisa/ or facebook.com/PortLouisaNWR/.

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge is located six miles northeast of Wapello, Iowa, at 10728 County Road X61. Signs direct motorists from Highway 61 and County Road 99.

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