Save the Bees! It’s one battle cry that I’ve heard and been inspired by. While I may not like having them buzz around me I know that we need pollinating species of bees to continue enjoying some of our favourite fruits and veggies, like strawberries, apples and Cauliflower. Without the bees to pollinate these plants, and so many others, we would likely lose them before we could come up with alternative methods of pollination, and none of those methods would be as efficient and environmentally friendly as those little honey bees.
Did you know that:
“Honeybees and wild bees are the most important pollinators of many of the fruits and vegetables we eat. Of 100 crop species that provide 90% of our global food supply, 71 are bee-pollinated.” Marla Spivak
On a more local scale bees are responsible for pollinating over 30% of the food that we eat as Canadians.
Each winter, loss and fragmentation of habitat leaves hundreds of thousands of bees without space to nest, making it difficult for pollinator bees to reproduce. To help give a home to some of these misplaced bees Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Burt’s Bees are installing 13 major bee hotels across Canada.
Building small backyard bee hotels is one of the ways that you can contribute to sustainable pollination and food production. By placing a bee hotel in a safe place, off the ground away from predators you are giving the bees a place to nest and rest. You can safely have a little backyard bee hotel without worry about getting stung, because foraging bees are too busy collect pollen and nectar to feed their young and themselves to be thinking about stinging you.
I encourage you to start “Thinking Bee” and doing your part by building bee hotels, making sure your plants don’t contain neonicotinoids when you buy them, and planting varieties of plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, lavender and mint that help feed the bees!
Consider sharing some of the following key facts with your friends and family throughout pollinator month:
- Tweet: #DYK that June is pollinator month? We all have a role to play to help pollinators thrive in our backyards #wildforbees
- Tweet: Not sure how to build your own #backyardbeehotel? Check out this handy step-by-step guide.
- Tweet: #DYK that Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of over 80% of our flowering plants #wildforbees
- Tweet: Consider helping the bees by planting pollinator friendly plants in your garden like tomatoes, cucumbers, lavender and mint #wildforbees
- Tweet: It’s hard to believe that 1 of every 3 bites of food that we eat is pollinated. It takes approximately 1 pollinatorbee to produce 40 to 70 apples! #wildforbees
For instructions on building your own #BackyardBeeHotel visit this link – http://www.fairmont.com/pdf/diy-bee-hotel/.
Disclosure – I was provided a limited edition #BackyardBeeHotel as well as some Burts Bees samples, no other compensation was provided. I just love bees! All opinions expressed are my own.