As most of us know, if the bees are to disappear, we are likely to follow. We don’t have to sit idly by while they die out to whatever pesticides and herbicides and other poisons humans throw at them, however; we can all do our part to help keep honeybees alive and well.
One thing we can do is to argue against pesticide and herbicide use commercially, as well as to not use these chemicals on our own. These two things are probably the most important actions we can take to save bees. But there are plenty of other things we can do, too, such as…
Download the honeybee toolkit. This kit is full of great ideas to help us all save bees, whether it’s creating a haven for the bees themselves or to talk to our neighbors about helping the insects. You can get your own honeybee toolkit here.Make a bumblebee nest box. Don’t you just love projects like these? We have bird and bat boxes, as well as squirrel feeders, where we live. You can download information on how to make a bumblebee nest box here.
Plant native flowers that are helpful to bees in your yard. Flowering fruit trees, poppies, comfrey, and many other types of flowers are wonderful for spring queen bees. Heather is also wonderful for bees, as it helps protect them during surprise rain showers. Start planning now for spring seeding.
Become a beekeeper. No, you don’t have to give up your day job. You can be a backyard beekeeper as a productive and fulfilling hobby. Even if you don’t want to raise bees for honey, you can still plant plenty of attractive bee plants and make your yard a sanctuary for bees as much as you can.
Donate to save the bees. Haagen-Dazs has been working on a campaign for quite a while to help save bees. You can learn more about how to help, make a donation, or even make yourself into a bee to send to other people to help raise awareness at their website.
Educate others. Help children learn about bees and how important they are so they, too, will fight for them (and against harmful chemicals that will kill them). Engage in the above activities as a family or with your youth group, classroom, or other environment including the children and the community. Host a class about beekeeping if you know a lot about it and share your knowledge with others, or offer shoots of your own plants to friends and neighbors to use.