Plant some flowers.
This is a tip for everyone — apiarist hopeful or no — who wants to help our pollinators. “What we can do, each one of us, we could plant flowers that are attractive to pollinators, that provide the food that they need,” says Niño. Just as with people, bees benefit from having a variety of foods available to them. A healthy diet can help them fight off disease and problems with pesticides. This week, the White House even announced plans to “Restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years through Federal actions and public/private partnerships.” Some farmers are also attempting to reduce the effects of agriculture on honey bees by planting flowers near their crops.
Bees also need access to water. Although we should all be conscious about water conservation (not to mention breeding mosquitos), keeping just a little standing water in your bird bath can be a big help to honey bees, whether you’re raising them yourself or simply attempting to support the wild populations. It’s even better if you put some pebbles in the water, to reduce the likelihood that the bees will drown while taking a drink.Back to top