Today marks the official start of Spring and the signs life renewing itself are beginning to appear wherever you look. But an important part of the yearly lifecycle is threatened and needs our help so they can continue their vital role in our lives. That’s why we’re creating a buzz about the importance of bees and other pollinators, like butterflies and moths, to the foods we eat and health of our plant. Did you know?
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- 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by bees and other pollinators
But the troubling fact is..
44% of bee colonies in the U.S. collapsed in 2016
Cheerios is continuing its campaign to #BringBackBees. From their website,
“Last year, Cheerios planted 1.7 billion seeds of pollinator plants and we’re doing more.
By 2021 our oat farms will host about 3,300 acres of nectar- and pollen-rich wildflowers, which are full of the nutrients bees and other pollinators need to stay strong. Working with the Xerces Society, we have already made amazing headway by engaging dozens of oat farmers with active work to get more habitat planted on their farms.
This work is literally changing the landscape for bees in some of the major oat growing regions of the north-central United States and central Canada. Learn More”
You can create your own pollinator habitat.
Here are a few tips to help make your own yard into a home for pollinators.
- Leave patches of bare ground and brush piles in an area free from pesticides.
- Plant flowers! They provide the nectar and pollen that pollinators feed on.
- Make sure to grow a mix of flowers, shrubs, and trees with overlapping bloom times to support pollinators from spring through fall.
- Learn about what plants are best for your region by visiting the Xerces Society website Pollinator Conservation Resource Center!
Plant your garden well, and you never know what you might attract.
(Main Photo credit: Model Maikel Castro, Photographer: Didio)