EDUCATION

BEE Aware

Honeybees are dying off from a number of reasons which are classified under (CCD) Colony Collapse Disorder. Some of the factors contributing to this are stress from moving and transporting hives, malnutrition, loss of habitat, disease, nosema, foulbrood, wax moth, climate change, herbicides, chemicals and pesticides and one that scientists are constantly trying to find a way to defeat is varroa destructor also know as the varroa mite which will hitch a ride on a bee into the hive,then lay eggs which will feed on the young bees and ultimately will wipe out the entire hive. In human terms picture a mite the size of a pancake which attaches itself to you and sucks the blood from you. I have come across many different points of view about losing our honeybees, one of which is honeybees are not native to the U.S. That is true, they were brought over by the Europeans, an incredible feat to think of how many died in the process but some made it and survived. We then adapted to life here and adapted along with the honeybees which now contribute$14 billion to the value of U.S. crops. The other fact that has come up many times is if the honeybees die we can use mason bees and other native bees as pollinators. If we had a much smaller population that would be possible but there is simply no way they can somehow pollinate on a commercial scale to feed a 9 billion population as honeybees do. Take a second to think of what honeybees pollinate, fruits, vegetables, the herbs we use to season our foods, nuts, berries, cotton for clothing, clover and alfalfa which is the main feed for the cattle industry from which we get yogurt, milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, dairy and beef. Also coffee beans depend on pollination for increased yields, think of star bucks and your morning coffee. There are flowers for our holidays, beeswax which is used in the cosmetic industry, and lets not forget honey!

People often assume the honey bee is aggressive when in fact they are very gentle creatures. Yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps are more likely to sting you and can be very aggressive. People often confuse honey bees with them which gives them a bad reputation. If you were to come across any type of hive the best thing is to leave it alone. If it needs to be relocated you can contact us or a local bee keeper to help.

It is important to recognize the importance of ALL of our pollinators and help in every way we can to keep them around and healthy! They all have important roles, bumblebees and some native bees are better adapted to release the pollen in blueberry blooms using a vibration behavior known as “buzz pollination.” Also Mason bees will emerge earlier than honeybees and are active even in light rain. We want to really touch again on the importance of every type of pollinator, they all have important roles and we cannot stand by and say let one type die because we can substitute with another. We must cherish them all and we must all do our part to become good stewards of the environment and help all of our pollinators flourish.

BEE Involved

Volunteer!

Make a tax deductible donation. The funds will be used to support habitat restoration projects, provide tools and equipment necessary for the habitat projects, and provide new hives.

Bee a sponsor. We are looking for corporate sponsors to provide seed funding to help support the nonprofit.

You can also help us if you shop at Fred Meyer and have a community rewards card by choosing our nonprofit as the organization you would like Fred Meyer to donate to! It doesn't cost a dime. Simply log onto www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards, sign in using your rewards card, search for us by name or NPO# 93402 and select our nonprofit. Fred Meyer will donate to our nonprofit a percentage of whatever you spend on groceries or merchandise.

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BEE Change

Be proactive! Start your own hive.

Support a local community nonprofit that is dedicated to making positive change happen.

Plant a pollinator friendly garden patch of any size Switching from pesticides to organic alternatives. You can look up some simple alternatives online such as vinegar and water to use as a weed killer if necessary.

Provide a water source such as a shallow bird bath with rocks in it.

If you see a swarm or have a colony of bees which has taken up residence in an unwanted area contact us or a local beekeeper for removal.

You Have the Power
to Save Them!