What You Can Do
You can take action today and help make our world a healthier place for bees. Here are things that you can do to save our bees:
Plant a bee-friendly garden. Flowers – especially ones native to your area – help feed bees and other valuable pollinators. Native plants also oftentimes require less water and fertilizer than non-native plants. You will be doing a huge favor to native species of bees, who have adapted over thousands of years to feed off these plants. Visit our Garden page for more information and click here for a guest blog post by The Gardener’s Eden on container gardening with herbs and edible flowers for honeybees and their human friends.
Start a honeybee hive. You can directly impact the health of your local ecosystem by starting a honeybee hive. Plus, you get the added benefits of bee products such as honey, beeswax, as well as the satisfaction and joy derived from working with a hive. Contact your local beekeeping club for more information.
Sponsor a Hive. If you can’t start your own hive or would like to help increase the number of hives, why not help fund new hive installations? The Honeybee Conservancy is working with Bee Native to install stocked honeybee hives and provide beekeeping training to American Indian communities across the U.S. Visit our “Sponsor a Hive” page for more information.
Support your local beekeeper. Support local beekeepers who nurture their bees while providing local communities with healthy bee products including honey.
Protect bee habitat. One of the largest threats to bees is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl. You can volunteer to plant native vegetation such as wildflowers along roadways and other common areas, and advocate sensible limits to development where you live.
Build homes for native bees. Since many native species of bees build their nests in undisturbed land, why not keep an undisturbed plot of land for them in your garden? Gaiam has an interesting “bee condo” for non-stinging orchard mason bees to take up residence and pollinate your garden. The Solitary Bees site has tips on how to create spaces for your native, solitary bees.
Bee-friend us. Tell your friends about how we can help bees and link to the Honeybee Conservancy on Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube. Feel free to share your bee images and videos on those sites with other Honeybee supporters just like you.