4 Things to Know About Honey Bees and 4 Ways to Help Protect Them
August 16, 2018
For National Honey Bee Day this week (August 18), we’re celebrating the small but mighty creature.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Honey Bees
- One-third of our food in the U.S., including 130 fruits and vegetables, depends on pollination from honey bees and other insects.
- The honey bee is one of more than 20,000 distinct bee species around the world.
- A honey bee can visit 50 to 1,000 flowers in one trip.
- The number of honey bee hives in this country has decreased from six million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today. Since 2006, an estimated 30% of bee hives have collapsed as a result of disease, parasites, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure.
Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Honey Bees
- Take Earth Day Network’s Pesticide Pledge to help reduce the amount of pesticides that are killing our honey bees and other pollinators.
- Support local beekeepers by getting your honey from local farmers’ markets and other local businesses.
- Create a pollinator habitat with bee-friendly plants in your yard or on your school or business property.
- Plant a bee water garden to attract pollinators.
Bonus: Support Earth Day Network in our work to protect our flying, fuzzy, furry and even our slimy, slippery animal friends.