by Bridget Richard
Bees are an important part of our ecosystem, that cannot be denied. Without them, our food supply as we know it is gone for. Fruits and vegetables would simply not grow, and herbivorous animals would be goners, too. So to hear the statistic from National Geographic that “…the winter of 2012-2013 showed an average loss of about 45 percent of hives across the United States” should raise some alarm. The cause for this decline, gaining public attention back in 2013, was a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. And while the cause of CCD is unknown, it has been attributed to the use of pesticides, a certain parasite or virus, or the destruction of many habitats that bees naturally thrive in. Whatever it may be, bees are important, and there many ways that you can help protect bees this season- and hopefully many more to come!
First, don’t kill any bees. This one should seem pretty obvious. But I know that, as one often scared of insects, how the idea of just destroying any bug in the vicinity could seem like a plausible one. Just don’t do it.
Second, plant some plants that provide lots of nectar and pollen, which are essential for bees to thrive. Honeylove.org recommends plants like Sunflowers, Marigolds, Lavender, Bluebells, Mint, Rosemary, Poppies, and Snapdragons. Not to mention the benefit of looking beautiful when they bloom!
Finally, spread awareness! If you care about the well-BEEing of bees, make sure to share your concerns with others, and maybe it can inspire others to do the same!
Because you can’t have BEEauty without bees!