Are You Interested in Helping A Bee?
You do not have to become a beekeeper to get involved in helping bees. Helping a bee or two or three makes a big difference to those bees.
I realize that it may seem like a very small thing to people who dont “think bee”.
For those of us immersed in the beekeeping culture, we appreciate the little things. And we will never understand all bee behavior.
Saving Bees Is Cool
The call to help bees has become prevalent in the media. There are so many ways to contribute to the “save the bees” movement.
Pollinator gardens developed by organizations and homeowners are popular.
Almost everyone can plant a few flowers that offer pollen and nectar for bees.
A decline in all pollinator populations has created a search an answer to the cause. Agriculture chemicals are under more scrutiny for possible bee damage. Researchers are spending millions of dollar in honeybee research.
But, even small actions of mercy are beneficial to bees and give you a good feeling.
Does it matter, you might ask? It may not make a huge difference in the sustainability of honeybees. However, it sure does make you feel good.
Helping A Bee Is Rewarding
On this warm winter afternoon, the bees have come out to fly around. They will look for nectar, pollen or water to take back to the hive.
The water is used to dilute honey for feeding young. Even though the air temps were mild, the pond water was cold.
Several of the bees had fallen into the cold water. They were still alive, so I lifted them out of the pond.
I was afraid they had used up all their energy reserves trying to get out of the water and would be “out of fuel” and unable to fly back home.
After a nice snack of “honey on a toothpick”, about a dozen of the bees fly back to the hives. Such a simple thing made me feel so good…LOL
Yes, we beekeepers are crazy !
Join me and help the honeybees when you get a chance. Each bee matters to the hive.