Did you know that honeybees are actually Old World insects, not native to the Americas? While the domesticated honeybee is the best-known bee, there are an estimated 4,000 species of native North American bees.
Bee populations are in decline, primarily because of the widespread use of a new generation of especially potent systemic insecticides and the loss of wild habitats.
It's essential that through our collective gardening efforts, we gardeners take on the essential mission of protecting their populations. Through the creation of beautiful and diverse gardens and landscapes, and by using organic gardening techniques, together, our passion for gardening can help protect our most important pollinators.
The Importance of the Bee
It is estimated that bees pollinate around 70% of the world's plants. Not just many of the fruit and vegetable crops that we eat, but also the wild plants in nature that depend on pollination to produce seeds and reproduce themselves.
Since terrestrial plants are in large part, the foundation of the planet's food chain upon which many animals depend, bees have an essential role in maintaining life on Earth. The health of bee populations is a direct reflection of the health of our ecosystems; they are like the proverbial "canary in the coal mine."