Plan Bee

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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Your DGB for today is to save a bee. David Attenborough, narrator of docu-series like Planet Earth and Blue Planet, urged everyone recently to take the simple step of putting out a teaspoon of sugar water for a tired bee. The sugar water may be enough to revive the bee and allow it to return home to its colony. Why? Because however the fate of the bees goes, so goes the human diet.

Modern agriculture has come a long, long way since our ancestors first started planting cereal crops in the Fertile Crescent 13,000 years ago. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our reliance on natural pollinators like bees. Unfortunately, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction have wreaked havoc on bee populations. About a third of the crops we eat rely to a certain extent on bee pollination. While the extinction of bees might not mean the extinction of all of us, it would have a tremendous impact on our global food system.

It’s a small act, but sometimes small acts multiplied many times are what make the difference. Grab a spoon, won’t you?

 

Save the Bees!

Your DGB today is to help us save the bees. Daily Grab Back has a special place in our heart for bees. You might even say we are obsessed. We all have various bee items in our homes and some even have bee tattoos. We love bees and always will. Today we are asking you to do everything you can to help us save the bees, particularly the bumblebees.

The rusty patched bumblebees were recently placed on the endangered species list. They join the list of seven Hawaiian native bees that were places on the list several months ago. Bumblebees are the top pollinators of cranberries, blueberries, and tomatoes! It’s spring, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the bees, but you can protect bees all year long. The following is a list of several things you can do to help save the bees.

Plant a garden with native flowers. If you live in an apartment, even planting a small container of native flowers really helps.

Limit or eradicate your pesticide use. We know living with spiders is not fun, but when you use pesticides to kill off those “bad” bugs, you also kill off those good bugs.

Overwinter your lawn. Here’s a perfect excuse not to rake those leaves! Leaving your grass unclipped and those leaves in place, leaves a natural habitat for bees, particularly bumblebees to overwinter.

Join the bumblebee watch. When you see a bumblebee, snap a pic, log in to identify the species, and your sighting will be verified by an expert.

Join us in saving the indigenous bumblebees. We need them to save our food, not to mention, they are pretty darn cute.