🐝 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. This impact isn't just agricultural, it's also economical. Farms, apiaries and other businesses rely on honey bees to keep their business alive and thriving. Despite being a vital part of our - and the world's - ecosystems, bees are struggling to survive.
Bees are losing their main source of nutrition: nectar and pollen from flowers. The loss of flowers is due to habitat destruction that ranges from deforestation to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and drought. Bees are struggling to find the nutrition they need to survive. Butterflies and birds also rely on flowers as a source of sustenance and are struggling to thrive in regions that have been affected by habitat loss.
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. When you decide to help we will work with local experts to get hundreds of pounds of native seeds, both annual and perennial, planted in a area that will help our fluttering friends including bees, birds, and butterflies. These budding beauties will supply nectar that allows wildlife to survive and flourish. Join us in this movement to replant pollen and nectar sources!
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