Bees need our help and there are many ways to do so. Below are some suggestions with everyone in mind.
1. One way is to be a backyard honey beekeeper. This involves keeping a hive or two or more in your yard or on your property. If this is of interest to you, please contact local beekeeping societies and clubs regarding proper training and where to get supplies.
2. If you are not ready to commit to keeping your own hive, host a beehive on your property and have an experienced local beekeeper maintain it. Such a partnership can be forged through beekeeping societies and clubs.
3. Host an assortment of native bees using native bee houses! Check out my blog for additional bee species to host.
Beekeeping is not for everyone, some people are terrified of or allergic to bees, which deters you from considering the first two, but the third can still be considered. Native bees are often solitary and very docile creatures. They can be held without the threat of getting stung!
Here are some additional ways to help that are just as important, but further removed from directly handling bees, and will also help other pollinators:
4. Plant organic (pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide free) native, or native tolerant, wildflowers and flowering plants in your yard or in pots if you live in a place without a yard. In doing so, you are providing nectar and pollen, which is food for all pollinators. Our current landscape is very unfriendly to pollinators without many healthy blooms for them to feed on; adding flowers makes the landscape friendly and shortens the distance a pollinator must travel to find food. It’s a very simple, low maintenance way to do your part, and you benefit from the beauty of the flowers!
5. Buy organic produce. Organic farms are more likely not to use pesticides, which are another big antagonist to the survival of our pollinators. The more we vote through purchases, the more change will occur.
6. Don’t use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides in your own yard, these are very bad for pollinators. “Weeds” are most often flowering plants that will provide food for pollinators. If you don’t like the places they are growing, dig them up instead of spraying nasty chemicals.
6. Finally, consider establishing a local pollinator garden! We can help with the design to ensure you get a three season garden feeding many different pollinator species.
Help can come in small or big packages, but we need all help as the size of our actions are only as big as the collective effort adding into one big push to save our pollinators!
Thank you for joining the movement!