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All over the world, bees are in danger. Why should we care?
Please help save the bees. Our lives depend on it. Here are a few things we can all do to help protect them and ensure we have the foods we need to live healthy lives. Not only will you be helping bees, but you will also help yourself and beautifying your yard.
There are a few different ways for you to provide a home for the bees. Here are three easy to make homes they will love:
Before making these homes make sure your town or city allows for bees to be kept in your neighborhood. If you are on an acreage or farm, you might consider having bee boxes. If this is something for you, then make sure you know how much work is involved, and the full extent of the care bees and their hives need. I haven't made these, but they looked like they would be cool. I don't want to do anything that could inter fear with my neighbor's beehives. Please try these and let me know how it turns out.
You can help the bees by adding a water bath or station to your yard or garden area. Reuse an old bird bath or dish from your home. Place on a log, stump or plant stand. Add a small amount of water and place rocks randomly around the plate. The rocks will allow not only bees to access water, but other pollinators as well.
Some people make them a sugary drink mix. Please don't do this. If you provide them with sugar water, it can detour them from pollinating the flowers and fruit trees. Keeping your yard as natural as possible is critical to the future of the bees. You want to help improve their chance of survival, but not hinder their natural instincts.
There are a few different issues that are harming the bees. Some are easier than others for us to fix. Here are a few that concern me, colony collapse and a fungal disease that causes the bees to die at an alarming rate.
Buying local and organic is a great way to help the bees and show the rest of the world that we care about them. Considering how our food is grown and what we use on the food that is being grown, shows we care about the bees. Growing your food is the best way to ensure your food is completely organic, from the tiniest seed to the treatment and harvest of your food. If you find yourself in a rural area and know there are hives around, please turn off your cell phone. Not only will it help them, but you also get a break from the noise. Please consider the effect of what you do, or don't do has on the bees. Their life, as well as ours, depends on it.
The way we care for and provide for the bees will also benefit other pollinators. The bees do the majority of the pollinating, butterflies and ants also contribute to the job. It's of utmost importance that we help in any way we can to help them survive. In closing, I would like to ask you to join me in helping save the bees. Our own lives depend on it. Whether it's something large or small, in your yard or community, anything you do will help.
From my house to yours, if the bees win, we win. Let saving the bees begin.
© 2017 Terrie Lynn
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on June 28, 2017:
Thank you Dora, You are always so kind. The bees are very important to our survival and us to theirs. Have a great week.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 28, 2017:
Such a thoughtful, compassionate heart behind this article. Thanks Terrie, for making us aware. I'll remember not to get rid of all the wild flowers.