The Benefits of Bees

By Hannah Minden

There are 20,000 species of bees on earth. That’s a lot of bees! But what do all of these bees do? These tiny, fuzzy creatures play an important and vital role in pollinating our plants. 

What is Pollination

Pollination is a transfer of pollen to a plant to allow fertilization. How does that help the plant? This transfer of pollen helps the plants grow, breed, produce food, and overall, keep the circle of life moving. Because bees do this, we are able to enjoy flowers, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and so much more. 

What’s Happening Now

But the bees are in trouble. Their populations are declining rapidly due to loss of habitat, food, resources, exposure to deadly pesticides, and climate change. As a result of all these problems, bees suffer from anxiety, constant stress, and even depression… As humans with these same problems, we can relate to them. We know what it’s like to suffer. They help us, so we need to help them. But how can we help? 

Solutions

There are so many simple solutions to helping their population grow. 

One thing you can do is plant flowers with single flower tops. This includes, marigolds, daisies, and tulips. This gives the bees food. 

Now they need somewhere to live. 

  • Make sure to have room in your flower garden for the bees to burrow. This includes having branches, bamboo, or bee boxes.
  • You may also leave a very shallow dish of water for them to drink from. If you’re feeling really inspired to help the bees that’s amazing!

There’s so much more you can do.

  • You can create your own or even a neighborhood beehive in your backyard or rooftop (that’s if the conditions are right).

There’s even a group you can volunteer for:

Backyard Beekeepers Association.

No matter what you decide to do for Bees, you can make a direct or indirect impact on their population. Always remember, doing something small is better than not doing anything at all. (Side note: If you want to educate or in general, inspire kids on this topic, The Bee Movie is a great choice!)

References:

Bee article:

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/why-do-we-need-bees https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/87341/7-easy-ways-you-can-help-bees-right-now

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