You may have heard that honey bee populations are declining. This is due to several factors such as urban landscaping and the use of pesticides. Bees are extremely important to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Without bees to pollinate flowers, our gardens and crops will suffer. This impacts not only humans but other animals that rely on vegetation. There is something that you can do to help: plant flowers for bees.
We’ve highlighted just a small fraction of some flowers you can plant in your garden to help foster the bees in your neighbourhood. Take a look at our list below, and read on to learn about some Canadian initiatives that are trying to help.
Flowers for bees
These bright, sunny flowers will not only cheer you up–they’ll also bring in the bees!
Bees are attracted to bright colours. They’ll buzz straight over to these golden delights.
In addition to yellows, bees are big fans of purple and blue flowers. Primroses are pretty spring flowers that come in yellows, pinks, purples, and blues.
Plant fragrant lavender in your garden and watch as the bees fly in.
Asters are a great fall flower that attract bees with their pretty blue hues.
Other ways to help
There are several organizations that are working hard to help save bee populations. Friends of the Earth have several initiatives to #SaveTheBees. You can join their Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count to document the different populations of bees and help scientists keep track. They are petitioning the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to stop the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are one of the major contributors to pollinator population declines. You can write a letter to ask the PMRA to stop using these pesticides, or donate to their cause.
The David Suzuki Foundation suggests that in addition to planting flowers for bees, and using greener alternatives to pesticides, you can also create bee hives to house more bees.
There are a lot of little steps we can take as individuals and communities. If enough of us put our efforts towards protecting our bees and pollinators, we can make a difference!
Let us know what you’re doing to help bees help our crops on our Facebook page.
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