What to do to help increase the bee population? Simple steps ….


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~~January 12, 2014~~

Recently I wrote a post about information related to the graphic listed above. It’s interesting to note that a reader commented about her concern about this information.

She wrote: “We are getting all this information about the demise of the bees and what would happen but we are not getting information about what to do to prevent their continued loss and colony collapse disorder. What can we do to help?

~~Links~~

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/a-world-without-bees/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/a-world-without-bees-2/

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~~LET’S WEE WHAT INFORMATION I CAN FIND TO ADDRESS REQUEST~~

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Colony Collapse Disorder and the Epic Fight to Save the Bees

Ever since TreeHugger first started reporting on the mysterious honeybee deaths afflicting beekeepers worldwide, there have been countless suggestions of possible causes, and cures, for this worrisome phenomenon. Of all the environmental issues out there, the plight of the honeybees has attracted public attention like no other —in fact, save the bees campaigns have been so successful that the broader environmental movement would do well to take heed. (The fact that without bees’ pollination services we’ll be hard pushed to grow many of the crops we rely on for survival may have something to do with it!)

But while people may be feverishly working, and hoping, for the mystery to be solved (and there has undoubtedly been some progress) there is still a lot of uncertainty about what is causing the problem and what can be done to stop it. So we thought we’d take a look back at what’s been going on over the last few years to save the bees, and where we need to go from here.

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Early Theories about Colony Collapse Disorder

From the very early days of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), there were numerous theories out there about what could be causing these mysterious disappearances. From a particular virus known as Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), through cell phone towers interfering with bees’ ability to navigate, (this was later largely discounted as one of the numerous conspiracy theories and far-fetched hypotheses surrounding CCD), to high-levels of atmospheric CO2 messing with bees natural sense of self-regulation in the colony, ideas and opinions have come thick and fast. Anecdotal evidence that organic bees were thriving despite CCD also contributed to rumors that the phenomenon was specifically linked to intensive, industrialized beekeeping practices.

The UK’s Cooperative Supermarket took bee protection to a whole new level, however, with its comprehensive Plan Bee campaign announced last year. The program included a number of major commitments and measures that amounted to a holistic approach to combating CCD, including:

    • Temporarily prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides on own-brand fresh produce
    • Making over £150,000 ($225,000) available to support research into the demise of the honeybee
    • Trialing a new wildflower seed mix that will be planted alongside crops on its farms across the UK
    • A major awareness raising element among the cooperative’s membership and customer base. 

Full read/Article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/colony-collapse-disorder-and-the-epic-fight-to-save-the-bees.html

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Bees fertilize 30% of plant-derived foods we eat in the United States. Sadly, their populations are dying fast.

Several factors such as viral and bacterial infections, pesticide poisonings, human interference and mite infestations contribute to this problem — known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Since 2006, beekeepers have witnessed a 50% to 90% drop in bee populations.

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There are simple steps that everyone can take in order to help maintain a healthy bee population.

In order to protect the bee population, take the pledge to:

– Plant a bee garden and place bee-friendly plants in your yard to provide food and a safe home for honeybees.
– Avoid the use of household pesticides that bees are sensitive to (like wasp killer) by using alternative methods of insect control, like traps.
– Support local bee keepers by making an effort to purchase locally made, responsibly produced honey.
-Build a small bee house for my yard or community. (Take a 4 inch by 4 inch piece of wood and drill holes that are 3 and 1/2 inches deep).

Source/Related articles:

https://www.facebook.com/disappearingbees

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/119/617/908/

http://www.examiner.com/article/help-prevent-colony-collapse-disorder-ccd

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There are things you can do make your yard a hospitable place for native bees.

  • Avoid Pesticides – they are harmful to bees
  • Avoid Herbicides – let those flowering weeds grow, they provide food for bees
  • Provide water and mud – many species of bee use mud to build nests
  • Avoid mowing – it kills bees
  • Try clover instead of grass – bees love it
  • Leave undisturbed areas in your yard – bees need them for nesting
  • Plant more flowers – more flowers – more nectar
  • Use bright colors – they are attractive to bees
  • Allow native species to grow – native plants are the ones the native bees are best adapted to, leave some of those dandelions and thistles they provide food for bees when there’s not much else around
  • Encourage plant diversity – different bees have different needs, plant diversity encourages bee diversity
  • Keep a succession of flowers in bloom – especially in spring and autumn bees may have a hard time finding food
  • Live and let live – if bees choose an inconvenient place to nest, try to work around it

There are things you can do make your yard a hospitable place for native bees.

  • Avoid Pesticides – they are harmful to bees
  • Avoid Herbicides – let those flowering weeds grow, they provide food for bees
  • Provide water and mud – many species of bee use mud to build nests
  • Avoid mowing – it kills bees
  • Try clover instead of grass – bees love it
  • Leave undisturbed areas in your yard – bees need them for nesting
  • Plant more flowers – more flowers – more nectar
  • Use bright colors – they are attractive to bees
  • Allow native species to grow – native plants are the ones the native bees are best adapted to, leave some of those dandelions and thistles they provide food for bees when there’s not much else around
  • Encourage plant diversity – different bees have different needs, plant diversity encourages bee diversity
  • Keep a succession of flowers in bloom – especially in spring and autumn bees may have a hard time finding food
  • Live and let live – if bees choose an inconvenient place to nest, try to work around it

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We ALL are ONE!!

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We ALL depend on the BEES!! 

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The beauty of pollination

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Uploaded on May 7, 2011

We are all dependent to each other. Taken from Louie Schwartzberg TED talk.

See more of the beauty of pollination in Disneynature’s “Wings of Life,” coming to Blu-ray & HD Digital on April 16. Order nowhttp://di.sn/s2U

To learn more about the artist who captured these magnificent shots of nature go to website: http://www.movingart.tv

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~~I HOPE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO ANSWER THE READERS QUESTION~~

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

4 thoughts on “What to do to help increase the bee population? Simple steps ….

  1. Nice post Doc of pulling all this information together. This type information must get out to those that don’t know anything about it. This is why I call them the “Angels of Nature”. I will be re-posting the information on my blog. Thanks for the doing all the leg-work… Larry

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  2. Doc, I have added a new page to my blog called “Angels of Nature” so its always there to be seen by whomever visits my blog. I merged some of your information and comments into mine. Check it out at “http://rationalopinionsblog.com/angels-of-nature/”. Thanks again. Larry

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