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Did you know? National Honey Bee Day is August 15th. Honey bees are responsible for not only your favorite dessert but also play a major role in our environment. Most people take bees for granted and therefore we would like to bring awareness to our community on why we NEED these little creatures. Bees are disappearing and that is a problem for our environment. Below we have explained the need for honey bees and how you can properly celebrate them.
The primary goals of National Honey Bee Day:
1) Promotion and improvement of beekeeping.
2) Educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping.
3) Make the public aware of environmental concerns as they affect honey bees.
So why do we need honey bees?
Bees are flawlessly adapted to pollinate which supports plants to grow, breed, and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants to keep the cycle of life turning. Thanks to bees, we can enjoy a variety of foods from apples and pears to coffee and vanilla. And if you are wearing cotton, that’s because the cotton plant your threads came from was pollinated. More than 90% of leading global crops are visited by bees.
How do I celebrate National Honey Bee Day?
If you are a bee lover like us, you can decorate your garden with lavender, borage, and marjoram. These items are the ‘bee’s knees’ when it comes to luring them in. Another activity you could do is bake some honey chippers. Here is a recipe for them if you are hunting for one. We also recommend that you take some time to learn more about the honey bee. There are many ways we can provide them with a better environment. This could be as simple as planting more flowers like wildflowers or planting a fruit orchard. Honey bees depend on the nectar from these plants to survive. And because you might have been busy as a bee all day, you should sit back and watch Hitchcock’s “The Bees”. If the little ones want to join in on the buzz, here are two fun songs that you can play for them.
Here at SunCo, we are huge believers (no pun intended) in taking care of not only your lawn but your environment. We want to help you and your family maintain the great outdoors while educating you about matters that can make a difference. We hope you learned a little bit more about honey bees, and how you can celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of their existence.