🐝 Why Bees Are the "Bee's Knees": 🐝
Bees are an essential and vital part of our ecosystem. Our agricultural system relies heavily upon bees to do their part -- in fact approximately 75% of fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States are pollinated by bees! These tiny but mighty insects don't only pollinate out food, but are estimated to be responsible for pollinating 80% of the world's flowers.
Bees are losing their main source of nutrition: nectar and pollen from flowers.
One area in need is the Florida panhandle where Hurricane Michael hit hard in 2018. The panhandle is still feeling the after effects of this horrible disaster, where many of the pollen producing flowers have died as a result. The area was home to around 1 billion bees and millions of flowers. Beekeepers in the area are, and have been, doing as much as they can to save the colonies by planting trees and flowers at their own expense to bring back bees and beauty to the area. Despite the valiant effort of beekeepers, the bee population has yet to recover. The flowers that are planted would also support other wildlife such as butterflies, and birds that rely on nectar from flowers for food!
How To Help:
"BEE" the difference for these fluttering friends of ours! Bees depend on flowers for nectar and pollen to take back to their colonies. Let's help them by planting flowers in areas that have been hit by natural disasters or in communities where the bee population is struggling.
Plantings You've Helped Support:
- The Willamette Valley in Oregon- 16 acres were planted and the Bee Girl has already seen an increase in the bee population in the area!
- We partnered with The Bee Girl Organization (TBGO) to plant wildflowers at a Vineyard in Oregon. Vineyards are self-pollinating and don't require insect pollination. This creates an unfortunate trend of vineyards being synonymous with "pollination deserts." TBGO requested that they decrease spraying, eliminate mowing, and start planting wildflowers. The vineyard followed their instructions, resulting in an inspiring success. The population of bees increased from 2020 to 2021 and wildflowers that have been dormant for 15 years started to emerge!
- Southern Arizona in the Borderlands region - this planting provided a pollinator refuge for our pollinating friends!
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