Nature’s best pollinators help create the flavors of Thanksgiving. Above, a bee pollinates apple blossoms.
Despite how much they have to offer to our Thanksgiving feast and beyond, bees face challenges that are putting them in peril. Pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change are among the major factors that hurt bees.
美国有 4,000 species of native bees,然而, 超过一半 of species examined are in decline. Honey bees are also faring poorly. 去年,你.S. 养蜂人报道 失去45.5%的殖民地, which was the second highest annual loss rate on record.
As we give thanks for bees this holiday season and look ahead to making our new year resolutions, there are a few ways you can help save these pollinators.
种植一个蜜蜂友好型花园. Gardens are havens for bees and other pollinators. Incorporating a variety of flowering plants helps support many bee species. 28365365备用网址 your local nursery for native plants that are favorites of bees.
减少杀虫剂的使用. Aim to create a low- to no-pesticide yard to avoid the unintended negative consequences pesticides often have on bees. 这个感恩节, consider adding organic foods to your cart, since these foods avoid synthetic pesticides known to harm bees.
打电话给你选出的官员. Make your voice heard by picking up the phone and calling your elected officials -- city, state or federal -- to urge them to support initiatives to increase bee habitat or reduce pesticide use.
During this Thanksgiving dinner, and the many meals of leftovers that follow, I hope you share my renewed appreciation for bees and take the next step to help ensure these amazing creatures thrive.
Top photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels.