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 indigenous to your area – help feed bees and other valuable pollinators. These plants also oftentimes require less water and fertilizer. Visit our bee garden page for more information and read the blog post by Michaela of The Gardener’s Eden on planting a pollinator-friendly garden 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 raw honey, beeswax, as well as the satisfaction and joy derived from working with a hive. Contact your local beekeeping club for more information.
Build homes for solitary and bumble bees.
Since many solitary and bumble 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. Learn how to create spaces for solitary bees.
Protect bee habitat.
One of the largest threats to bees is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl. You can volunteer to plant a bee garden or habitat corridor with nectar-rich plannts such as wildflowers along roadways and other common areas, and advocate sensible limits to development where you live.
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 to install stocked honeybee hives and solitary bee homes to 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.