Let’s Start the Conversation

Why are bees so important, what threats are they facing, and what can we do to help?

These incredible organizations take action to help save the bees while providing resources to learn and get involved. we’ve compiled the following information from their websites and encourage you to explore the additional resources at the bottom of this page.

Why Are Bees So Important?

Almost 90% of all flowering plants and Approximately 30% of our food crops depend on animal pollinators. Honeybees alone pollinate more than 90 different kinds of food crops – check out this list. in the united states, pollination by honeybees produces $20 billion+ worth of products annually.

The bees role as a pollinator effects our entire ecosystem and the delicate balance of life on this planet – well beyond just the effect on our food crops.

What Threats are Bees Facing

colony collapse disorder (ccd), the use of harmful pesticides, varroa mites and other pests, and mono-cropping trends in our agricultural industry among other factors have a huge impact on the honeybee population. according to bee informed, 45.2% of honeybee colonies were lost last year. A fear of bees and bee stings also drives people to kill them and destroy their habitat.

you may have heard of colony collapse disorder – what is it? ccd is the sudden mass disappearance of the majority of worker bees in a colony. while the causes are still debated, many possible causes or contributory factors have been proposed, such as diseases, pathogens, pesticides, and changes in habitat. ccd was first reported in the us in 2006 -shocking beekeepers nationwide and initiating intense research into the interconnected roots of the problem.

What Can We Do to Help?

– support your local beeekeeper! buy real local raw honey, fruits, and vegetables whenever possible!

– be concious while gardening or tending to your lawn. refrain from using neonicotinoids or other harmful pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. plant native pollinator friendly plants and reduce the amount of open grass space. don’t weed out everything! check out the us fish & wildlife’s guide to planting for pollinators.

– work in your community to encourage the conservation of wild pollinator habitats.

– consider keeping bees. there’s many easy to care for hives and companies and organizations to help you get started.

– drink a bee’s knees cocktail at partcipating bars and restaurants during bee’s knees week 2018!

Resources

1. explore last years organizations and resources by clicking their logos at the top of this page.
2. bee informed partnership national management survey
3. us fish & wildlife guide to planting for pollinators
4. usda honey bee colonies report from August 2017
5. your local beekeepers association – most states have one.