There's a buzz in the air on the grounds at the Naval Observatory.
Second lady Karen Pence installed the first beehive at the vice president's residence in June last year and it has thrived. Washington might not be known for successful collaborations these days, but Pence can point to the sweet success of her bees — tens of thousands of them — as she prepared for her first honey harvest this month.
"The bees are doing great," Pence told CNN. "We are proud to report after a year that we are up to about 60,000 bees now."
When Pence installed her hive at the residence last summer, she noted that bees, along with other pollinators, are responsible for one in every three bites of food consumed in the U.S. — from your morning coffee to summer berries in a pie — and that their population has been declining, potentially putting agriculture and food production at risk.
"One of the reasons that we wanted to bring a beehive to the v…