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How to Support Bees and other Pollinators

Pollinators play a vital role in our environment and we depend on them to support our food systems. Check out these five strategies to help support our native bees and pollinators.

The concerns regarding the endangerment of bees has become a worldly issue. World Bee Day was created to help educate people about the importance of bees and how we can take action as individuals and a community!

Bees are under continuous threat from human activity, which includes the introduction of invasive insects, pesticides, land-use change, and mono-cropping practices, which have continuously been destroying bee colonies over time.

This day is also open to other pollinators as well as bees, like bats, hummingbirds and butterflies. Together these essential animals help keep ecosystems healthy and maintain biodiversity.

Check out these five key strategies to help support the bees and other pollinators.

  • Plant a Bee Garden – One of the largest threats to bees is a lack of safe habitat where they can build homes and find a variety of nutritious food sources
  • Go Chemical Free – Synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and neonicotinoids are harmful to bees, wreaking havoc on their sensitive systems. Avoid treating your garden and green spaces with synthetics. Instead, use organic products and natural solutions.
  • Provide Trees for Bees -Trees are not only a great food source for bees, but also an essential habitat. Tree leaves and resin provide nesting material for bees, while natural wood cavities make excellent shelters.
  • Create a Bee Bath – Bees work up quite a thirst foraging and collecting nectar. Fill a shallow bird bath or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they break the water’s surface.
  • Support Local Bee Keepers – Local beekeepers work hard to nurture their bees and the local community. The easiest way to show your appreciation is to buy locally-made honey and beeswax products. Many beekeepers use products from their fives to create soaps, lotions, and beeswax candles.

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