Buzz buzz! Spring has arrived and soon the bees will be hard at work in search for pollen and nectar for their hives.
Bees sometimes get a bad wrap that they are just pests with stingers, but bees are much more important than most people know.
Bees are one of the most important pollinators on the planet. Without the buzzing insects a third of the food produced on the planted would not exist. But over the past 10 years beekeepers have been reporting an annual hive loss of 30 present or higher.
According to an article by Elizabeth Grossman “one in every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest.”
Bees are not the only important pollinator that is being affected, but monarch butterflies as well. According to pollinator.org the pollinator populations are being affected by lack of habitat and forage, climate change and extreme weather conditions, pathogens, parasites, pesticide misuse, and lack of human awareness.
With bee populations dwindling, what can be done to help prevent bee extinctions?
If there is a hive somewhere near your home or somewhere in public call a local bee keeper to come move the colony.
Support businesses that are bee aware and are actively engaged in bee conservation, like Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.
Plant more bee and butterfly friendly plants and flowers. Help the bees by providing a food source, so they can have the opportunities to pollinate for your food.
Love your bees by letting them be.