Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild. However, in recent years’ bee populations have been decreasing, a phenomenon called “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD). During CCD, all the worker bees will vacate the hive, leaving the queen, larvae and nurse bees with whatever food is left in the hive. Without the worker bees, the hive will eventually collapse, ending honey production as well as killing off the next generation of honey bees.
Bees are pollinators. Many fruit trees and flowers rely on the actions of pollinators to carry pollen for fertilization. Without pollination, trees will not fruit and flowers won’t bloom. Most scientists agree the problem is a combination of pests, disease, poor nutrition and toxins from pesticides, yet how big a role each of those plays is up for debate – as are the solutions. But there are ways that you can help save the honey bees, and you can start simply and in your very own backyard!
1. Whether or not gardening is your spring and summer pastime, it’s easy to select pollinator-friendly plants and flowers for your backyard. These are often a combination of wildflowers and grasses that are favorite pollen sources for honey bees, and packets are available for purchase online.
2. Encourage nesting sites for pollinators on your property.
3. Avoid the use of pesticides. There are plenty of natural and biodegradable pesticide options available, to include garden herbs and plants that keep pests away!
Have a positive impact on our environment does not necessarily mean dramatic changes in your lifestyle. Simply by becoming more aware of the environment around us, we can have a positive impact on the future of this planet.
Honeybees, Honeybee Pictures, Honeybee Facts - National Geographic: http://on.natgeo.com/acVmle
Vanishing of the Bees (2009) - imdb.com/title/tt1521877/?ref_=ext_shr_tw_tt