Have a Heart and Do Your Part: Help Save the Bees

Updated on September 25, 2017
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Terrie lives on a farm. She loves to grow her own food. She is passionate about helping others, including animals. We need the bees.

All over the world, bees are in danger. Why should we care?

  • There are many of our foods that will not grow without them. You just may be surprised when you learn how many flowering and food-producing plants rely on the existence of bees.
  • Without bees, plants will die. Some farmers have even resorted to hand-pollinating. Believe me when I say you don't want to do this on a large scale.
  • We even benefit from the by-product of their hard work (honey).

Please help to save the bees. Our lives depend on it. Here are a few things we can all do to help protect them and ensure we have the foods we need to live healthy lives. Not only will you be helping bees, but you will also help yourself and beautifying your yard.

Bees love flowers.
Bees love flowers. | Source

85% of our crops depend on bees.

This is a link in the chain we can't afford to lose.

Plants That Attract Bees

food crops
herbs
flowers
apples
catnip
honeysuckle
avocado
mint
butterlfy bush
beans
rosemary
buttercups
black currents
sage
clematis
cherries
thyme
clover
cucumbers
 
dahlias
gourds
 
geraniums
peas
 
marigolds
peaches
 
pansy
peppers
 
petunias
pumpkins
 
roses
raspberries
 
sunflowers
strawberries
 
 
turnips
 
 
This is just a small list of plants that are easy for most people to grow. I live in zone two. These plants will grown in almost any zone. Check out local plant and garden places in your area for more information.

Strawberries Are Good

Strawberries are good for bees and other pollinators.
Strawberries are good for bees and other pollinators.

9 Ways to Help the Bees

  1. Plant bee friendly foods, herbs, flowers, and shrubs.
  2. Allow some flowering weeds and wild flowers to grow in your yard.
  3. Don't use chemical or pesticide in your garden. The chemicals are toxic to the bees and other pollinators.
  4. Build a home to welcome the bees to your yard.
  5. Buy local honey from the bee keepers near by.
  6. Have a water station or bird bath for the bees to drink.
  7. Support local and organic farmers in your area.
  8. Take time to learn more about saving the bees.
  9. Use the information you have to help protect the bees and teach others to do the same.

Build It and They Will Come

Pick one or try them all. The choice is yours.
Pick one or try them all. The choice is yours. | Source

Provide a Home For the Bees

There are a few different ways for you to provide a home for the bees. Here are three easy to make homes, they will love.

  1. Gather small twigs and bundle with regular twine, uncolored and Raw. Tie them all together, make a loop and hang them from a tree branch or shrub.
  2. Use a 12 X 12 piece of plywood and drill holes. Hang on a tree stump or from a post. You will want one that is 3/4 to an inch thick for the bees to lay in.
  3. The bamboo home made with pieces of bamboo. Cut all to the same length. It's the hollow ones people use for home decor. Bundle together and tuck into a Plastic tube or juice bottle. Assemble at least two to three, and join them. Use the twine, wrap, and make a loop, now hang like you did the others. Bees do best in groups, so you will want to have enough to provide for them and some of their friends.

Before making these homes make sure your town or city allows for bees to be kept in your neighborhood. If you are on an acreage or farm, you might consider having bee boxes. If this is something for you, then make sure you know how much work is involved, and the full extent of the care bees and their hives need. I haven't made these, but they looked like they would be cool. I don't want to do anything that could inter fear with my neighbor's beehives. Please try these and let me know how it turns out.


Water For the Bees

It's important to provide water. I used an old bird bath and made it a place for bees and butterflies to get water.
It's important to provide water. I used an old bird bath and made it a place for bees and butterflies to get water.

Create a Water Station For the Bees

You can help the bees by adding a water bath or station to your yard or garden area. Reuse an old bird bath or dish from your home. Place on a log, stump or plant stand. Add a small amount of water and place rocks randomly around the plate. The rocks will allow not only bees to access water, but other pollinators as well.

Some people make them a sugar drink mix. Please don't do this. If you provide them with sugar water, it can detour them from pollinating the flowers and fruit trees. Keeping your yard as natural as possible is critical to the future of the bees. You want to help improve their chance of survival, but not hinder their natural instincts.

Canada Helps to Bring Back The Bees

Please help save the bees. Three major Canadian airports are helping to bring back the bees.

The average amount of bees arriving in Canada is,

325,000 a day. Then they are trucked out all over Canada.

This is the amount at just one airport.

They are doing their part, are you?

Bees Love Roses and Flowers

The bees need flowers. Bees on my roses.
The bees need flowers. Bees on my roses.

All Changes Can Help Save the Bees

There are a few different issues that are harming the bees. Some are easier than others for us to fix. Here are a few that concern me, colony collapse and a fungal disease that causes the bees to die at an alarming rate.

  • One thought is that colony collapse is a virus that is brought in by bees who travel to areas where chemicals and pesticide are used and the poisons, have been carried back to the hives. Another thought is that it's a bacteria or fungus caused by GMO crops. The bees pollinate and bring it back to the hive, infecting all the bees. (GMO is Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • Canada is leading the way to stopping the use of chemicals and pesticides in the growing of commercial food crops. Canadian Health and Food Regulators, has been carefully controlling the use of chemical pesticides and heading towards more organically grown food crops across Canada. Some even use natural resources, such as ladybugs to help control pests on some crops. Herbicides are a replacement for the chemical treatment of food plants. Its uses are being regulated by the federal, provincial, territorial and local government levels. All are working together to improve the way our foods are being treated and grown, for the health and well-being of humans and the bees. Canada food regulators now require food labels that show if food is grown organically or not.
  • Others countries are now following their lead. Europe is also helping to save the bees and regulators are working to improve the way they grow and treat the food crops. Some European countries have even banned the sale of GMO grown food.
  • The USA now requires more detailed food labels, which allow the consumer to have more of choice in what foods they choose to consume. For more information see the FDA Regulators. People want to be more aware of what chemical is in their food and how their food is being harvested.
  • One huge plus for the bee is the cancellation of the chemical DDT, which they used before 1972. DDT or, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. It was used by the USA on humans during the war. This compound was used in both insecticides and as a pesticide.
  • Some new research shows that there could be a connection to wide usage of cell phones and their negative effect on the bee colonies. There is now information out there that suggest the radio waves from cell phones interfere with the natural homing instinct. Cell waves confuse the bees and keep them from getting back to their hives.

Buying local and organic is a great way to help the bees and show the rest of the world that we care about them. Considering how our food is grown and what we use on the food that is being grown, shows we care about the bees. Growing your food is the best way to ensure your food is completely organic, from the tiniest seed to the treatment and harvest of your food. If you find yourself in a rural area and know there are hives around, please turn off your cell phone. Not only will it help them, but you also get a break from the noise. Please consider the effect of what you do, or don't do has on the bees. Their life, as well as ours, depends on it.

Bees Through a Photographer's Eyes

Caring For the Bees

The way we care for and provide for the bees will also benefit other pollinators. The bees do the majority of the pollinating, butterflies and ants also contribute to the job. It's of utmost importance that we help in any way we can to help them survive. In closing, I would like to ask you to join me in helping save the bees. Our own lives depend on it. Whether it's something large or small, in your yard or community, anything you do will help.

From my house to yours, if the bees win, we win. Let saving the bees begin.


Information Resources

  • The home of the largest bee, who is also the largest honey provider in Canada, Falher, Alberta.
  • My neighbor who has a lot of bee hives.
  • SOS-bees website
  • The government of Canada, Information on food regulations.
  • The FDA, Information on American Government food regulations.
  • Search results for online searches, work I've done to improve my own knowledge and plant growing skills. Along with gaining knowledge to help save the bees

Questions & Answers

    © 2017 Terrie Lynn

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      • Terrielynn1 profile imageAUTHOR

        Terrie Lynn 

        15 months ago from Canada

        Thank you Dora, You are always so kind. The bees are very important to our survival and us to theirs. Have a great week.

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        Dora Weithers 

        15 months ago from The Caribbean

        Such a thoughtful, compassionate heart behind this article. Thanks Terrie, for making us aware. I'll remember not to get rid of all the wild flowers.

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