Who can save the Bees?

& their pollinator friends

The answer to the question is long & complex, often so complex, requiring unknown agencies & departments, that the average joe will never call or write. Our lives are busy, so who wants to spend hours on a call, on hold & waiting.....but if your inclined to do that, I send you a hug & salute your tenacity. 

I'm talking about you - Yes you- the one with a curious child, the gardener, the outdoors guru, the grandparent, the mom, the dad, the teacher & most of all the person wanting to make a difference, no matter how small. 

I am that person, that small person, but I can attest that a small, unassuming person can make a difference. We can plant, we can change & we can educate. Like plants, small ideas very quickly grow & often inspire.

Little things you can do.

It has been well documented that the number of native Bees & pollinators has in recent years declined & honeybees are struggling through a number of maladies. Pollinators are vital to the survival of our ecosystem, it's a free service provided by nature. They supply a third of our food, they pollinate trees, whose oxygen we breath, they pollinate flora that feeds insects, birds & mammals. They boost yield on agricultural crops & they provide a huge boost to the global economy.

  • Mow your lawn less

    We all like to have a perfectly manicured lawn, but cutting your grass a little less often, gives bees & other pollinators a place to nest & eat. Bees also enjoy lawn weeds, such as dandelions, clover & buttercups. Of the 7000 North American bees, nearly 70% are ground dwelling.

  • Plant

    Plant a mix of pollinator friendly flowers, plants & trees. They need a variety of plants for food & nesting. Just like us that variety keeps them healthy. Plus more variety leads to more diverse pollinators.  A packet of wildflower seeds in a forgotten corner look beautiful & a fruit tree makes a world of difference.

  • Provide water

    Pollinators need water. Bees use it to dilute their food, regulate hive temperature & to control humidity. Wild bees & forager honeybees travel many miles for a good water source. Its easy to take a shallow dish, a plant saucer or even a bird bath & make it pollinator friendly. Bees, particularly are attracted to dirtier water & pool water! So add some wet earth, moss & aquatic plants. Most pollinators are poor swimmers so add some pebbles or add rafts of cork & sticks. 

  • Spray a little less

    Use pollinator friendly pesticides. Read labels  carefully. Spray, if you have to when pollinators are not yet out feeding. Best of all stop using pollinator harming pesticides & herbicides. If pesticides don't kill on contact the nectar source they take from the flower can contaminate a whole hive, nest or colony, this can lead to  devastating losses. 

Support a local Beekeeper

Local Beekeepers work hard to nurture & sustain their hives. Coincidentally they often are great advocates for pollinators & often maintain environmentally friendly areas. We have at our farm, set aside areas for wildflowers, sunflowers & a lot of trees. We work closely with our farming neighbors to protect our honeybees during needed agricultural practices. They need these to survive & profit their families, it pays to negotiate & work as a team.

You can show appreciation & help in a small way, by purchasing locally raised honey & hive products. A big plus is, these products are made using the local flora & may help with seasonal allergies.  Oh & beekeepers love to talk bees!  So from a personal note any opportunity to talk in schools & educate the inquisitive mind is always welcome.

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