Ways you can help
Bees need our help and there are many ways to do so. Below are some suggestions with everyone in mind.
1. One way is to be a backyard beekeeper. This involves keeping a hive or two or more in your yard or on your property. If this is of interest to you, please contact local beekeeping societies and clubs regarding proper training and where to get supplies.
2. If you are not ready to commit to keeping your own hive, host a beehive on your property and have an experienced local beekeeper maintain it. Such a partnership can be forged through beekeeping societies and clubs.
Ok, so beekeeping is not for everyone, some people are terrified of or allergic to bees, which deters you from considering the first two. So here are some additional ways to help that are just as important, but further removed from directly handling bees, and will also help other pollinators:
3. Plant native wildflowers in your yard or in pots if you live in a place without a yard. In doing so, you are providing nectar and pollen, which is food for all pollinators. Our current landscape is very unfriendly to pollinators without many blooms for them to feed on; adding flowers makes the landscape friendly and shortens the distance a pollinator must travel to find food. It's a very simple, low maintenance way to do your part.
4. Buy organic produce. Organic farms are more likely not to use pesticides, which are another big antagonist to the survival of our pollinators. The more we vote through purchases, the more change will occur.
5. Don't use pesticides in your own yard, even weed killer is very bad for pollinators. Besides, the "weeds" are most often flowering plants that will provide food for pollinators. If you don't like the places they are growing, dig them up instead of spraying nasty chemicals.
6. Finally, consider donating to organizations with a mission to save pollinators.
We can all help in small or big ways, the size of our actions are only as big as the collective effort adding into one big push to save our pollinators!