- Bees are losing habitat all around the world due to intensive farming practices, pristine green (but flower-barren) sprawling suburban lawns and from the destruction of native landscapes. Just planting flowers in your garden, yard, or in a planter will help provide bees with forage. Avoid chemically treating your flowers as chemicals can leach into pollen and negatively affect the bees systems. Plant plenty of the same type of bloom together, bees like volume of forage (a sq. yard is a good estimate). This is exactly what we designed buzzing meadows to do buzzingmeadows.com
- Here are a few examples of good plant varieties: Spring – lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena, and wisteria. Summer – Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle. Fall – Fuschia, mint, bush sunflower, sage, verbena, toadflax.
- A lawn full of clover and dandelions is not just a good thing—it’s a great thing! A haven for honeybees (and other native pollinators too). Don’t be so nervous about letting your lawn live a little. Wildflowers, many of which we might classify as weeds, are some of the most important food sources for native North American bees. If some of these are “weeds” you chose to get rid of (say you want to pull out that blackberry bush that’s taking over), let it bloom first for the bees and then before it goes to seed, pull it out or trim it back! This is exactly what we designed buzzing meadows to do buzzingmeadows.com
- Avoid pesticides where you can. , they make your lawn look pristine and pretty, but they’re actually doing the opposite to the life in your biosphere. The chemicals and pest treatments you put on your lawn and garden can cause damage to the honeybees systems. These treatments are especially damaging if applied while the flowers are in bloom as they will get into the pollen and nectar and be taken back to the bee hive where they also get into the honey—which in turn means they can get into us. Pesticides, specifically neo-nicotinoid varieties have been one of the major culprits in Colony Collapse Disorder.
- Buy Local. What’s true for honey generally holds true for the rest of our food. Buying local means eating seasonally as well, and buying local from a farmer that you know means you know if that food is coming from a monoculture or not. This is much easier in the summer when you can get your fresh produce from a local farmer’s market. Another option is to get your food from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm. Keep in mind, USDA Organic Certification can be expensive and you may find many great farmers and beekeepers with excellent food and honey that isn’t USDA certified simply because they don’t produce a high quantity or opt for the expense of certification. Don’t let this get in the way of supporting them and if you’re worried about their products—have a conversation with them. (Ed. Note – A huge challenge for beekeepers is to keep their bees in an area where there is no chemical spray within 3 miles, as this is really what is required to guarantee truly organic honey. All the more reason for us all to avoid the use of harsh chemicals.)
- Understand bees are friends Honeybees are vegetarians. They want to forage pollen and nectar from flowers up to three miles from their hive and bring that food back to provide food for themselves and the beehive. Contrary to what the media might have us believe, they are not out to sting us. Here are a few tips to avoid getting stung. 1. Stay still and calm if a bee is around you or lands on you. Many bees will land on you and sniff you out. They can smell the pheromones that come with fear and anger it can be a trigger for them to sting you. 2. Don’t stand in front of a hive opening, or a pathway to a concentration of flowers. Bees are busy running back and forth from the hive, and if you don’t get in their way, they won’t be in yours. 3. Learn to differentiate between honeybees and wasps. Honeybees die after they sting humans (but not after they sting other bees!), wasps do not. Wasps are carnivores, so they like your lunch-meats and soda. Honeybees are vegetarians. This is exactly what we designed buzzing meadows to do buzzingmeadows.com
there is alot of information out there and alot of it is bad. Since starting this site I have found that alot of people dont necessarily understand the colony collapse dissorder (ccd) phenomenon.
What we do know is this. the number of bee colonies is in decline worldwide. It is postulated that the cause of this is due to 3 factors:
1. neonicotinoids pesticides are killing bees by screwing with their bees navigation systems.
2. Land usage is reducing the number of nectar producing plants out there so the bees are starving
3. agricultural corridors are create a "bee food Desert" interrupting migration patterns of bees and again starving them.
that's it really.
I have had one guy trying to link fracking to bee decline......
yep FRACKING!!! WTF!(what the frack!!)
This fracking issue has nothing to do with bees in reality, just a well intention green thinker whom clearly doesnt understand the issues of CCD.
Others have proposed GMO giant Monsanto being responsible.. Monsanto makes herbicides yes but neonicotinoids are made by BASF and not Monsanto. so again another very tenuous link.. this one reaking of anticorp slogans.
the green movement needs to get scientifically literate quickly and stop trying to lump specific issues to a single cause.
this site is for people trying to make a difference. keep your politics at home and your brain engaged.