Want to help honey bees and other pollinators?
Honeybees and other natural pollinators account for 80% of all flowering plants, including more than 130 types of fruits and vegetables that humans consume. Call it climate change or whatever you want, according to the non-partisan foundation Bee Informed Partnership, a nonprofit group associated with the University of Maryland, annual loss rate for honeybees during the year ending in April rose to 40.7%, up slightly over the annual average of 38.7%. Losses of this level would cause any other business to call it quits. However; not us beekeepers. This is the average for commercial beekeepers in the United States.
It doesn't have to be this dire. There are small things the average American can do to help.
Consider the following:
Plant, DON'T eradicate, native plants. Bees and other pollinators get much more nutrition from these plants than the hybrid plants humans have developed. Click on the graphic below to see the best plants for your area.
If you see see a swarm of honey bees, help save them. Contact a beekeeper. The chances a swarm will survive on their own in this case is low if they are not rescued by a beekeeper. Click here to see beekeepers in your area who retrieve swarms.