articles
 




Documents: Kidz Korner:

THERE IS HELP FOR OUR HONEY BEES
by Angie Mennen
April 5, 2015

Bees have been all over the media in the past few years, and at the rate their populations are dropping, they NEED our help! There populations are drastically dying off. The honeybee population alone has dropped by 50 percent over the past 25 years and it's only getting worse. Colony collapse disorder is wiping out entire hives almost overnight and is being blamed on pests and diseases, pesticides and herbicides, inbreeding, genetically modified crops, habitat loss, climate change, and the list goes on and on. With the honeybee working under the steady (and strict hand) of the queen bee it's no wonder they are suffering the most. And to try to service the nations demand for honey, these poor bees are working tirelessly for months on end without getting a break, and being transported from one crop to another as soon as they are finished pollinating.

Other native species of bees including mason bees and leaf cutter bees are undergoing similar stresses, however are proving to be much hardier than the honey bees. This is because of a few reasons, the first being they are solitary - they only live and work for themselves and live independently. This makes them less susceptible to any of the diseases and problems the honeybees are facing. The second reason is because they don't live in hives they can't be enslaved for commercial agriculture (power to the bees!), so they aren't taken from their natural habitat and exposed to toxins. The downfall? These bees don't make honey.

So we, your Pathways to Perennials friends have found a way to encourage the population of these native bees (mason bees and leafcutter bees) to give our poor honeybees a break. We have brought in families with their attractive homes and have them up for adoption- Your own baby bees. Both species of bees are extremely productive, gentle bees. The mason bee, which hatches first can pollinate up to 2000 blossoms a day! The alfalfa Leafcutter bees are important pollinators of many wild flowers and early spring vegetables. Together they pollinate flowers, fruits and vegetables and are used by commercial growers to pollinate blueberries, onions, carrots and alfalfa.

Homeowners can purchase Mason Bee and Leafcutter Bee cocoons to enhance the quantity of pollinators in your garden (which is very important for the growth and reproduction of plants and flowers) while helping to save honeybee populations. Imagine living in a world without flowers or fruit or even coffee or chocolate. Thanks to the incredible work of pollinators like bees, much of the food we eat and flowers and plants we enjoy are possible.

Families, gardeners, students of all ages can participate. This simple adoption kit is now available with a nursery to hatch the cocoons, a safe house for protection from predators and weather, and a bundle of reeds for the future baby bees to hatch out. Adopting the pollinators for your yard or school ground will help the environment and help our pollinators protect all the things they allow us to enjoy from day to day. Limited quantities available, please call to place your order with us. 905-939-8680.

To see photos and the full article with more information on both Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees please visit http://www.pathwaystoperennials.com/NICgrowyourownbees or email us at angie@pathwaystoperennials.com

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row