Save the Bees
People may wonder what they can do to help save the bees population. There are some simple things anyone can do!
Be sure and buy your garden plants and flowers from a nursery or greenhouse that doesn’t use harmful chemicals. You can also grow them yourself!
Bees need water like any other living being. You can save the bees by putting water bowls out that have rocks or pebbles in them so the bees can land without drowning. Even birdbaths work great so long as they have something for the bees to land on.
Often times, people think it’s a cool idea to have a hive in their yard and they are helping the bees. Due to lack of knowledge or fear of being stung, sometimes the bees actually aren’t cared for properly and end up diseased or completely dying in the hive. Diseased bees can infect other bees in the area and this actually impairs the bee population instead of helping it. By supporting your local bee keepers you are helping to save the bees population remain healthy and thrive!
Since the late 1990’s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies. They make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, edible oils like canola, and many more… In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too. Our lives depend on theirs so we all need to help save the bees!
A major threat to bees comes from the toxic chemical pesticides used in agriculture. Several pesticides are real bee-killers, especially the ones from the chemical group called the “neonicotinoids”. Neonicotinoids can cause acute and chronic poisoning with deadly consequences for individual bees and entire colonies.
This could occur in the fields when bees fly through clouds of pesticides or in their hives when they feed baby-bees with contaminated nectar and pollen.
In addition to bee-killing pesticides, bees are weakened by climate change, parasites and the increasingly monotonous landscapes created by intensive agriculture that lead to a loss of biodiversity, availability of food and undisturbed habitats for wild bees and other pollinators.
Watch this informative video by Marla Spivak- Why Bees Are Disappearing